The harassment of and violence against pro-life conservatives continues. This time, in Washington state, a man whose truck had bumper stickers supporting President Donald Trump arrived to his vehicle after parking it overnight in a parking garage only to discover it had been firebombed.
The owner believes it was purposefully targeted because he had the pro-Trump stickers and because the arsonists responsible spraypainted the word “Trump” in white letters on the side of the vehicle.
Johnny MacKay reportedly left his vehicle in the parking lot of the Garage Bar and Grille and took alternate transportation home after consuming alcohol at the establishment.
When he came back for his truck on Monday, it looked like it had hit a land mine.
“All of a sudden I saw the tires were melted, the windows were shattered, and I was just in shock,” MacKay told local CBS affiliate KOIN.
Somebody reportedly spray-painted “Trump” on the side of the truck and had apparently taken offense at the bumper stickers on the back of the vehicle, which read “Trump 2020: Make Liberals Cry Again,” and “Trump 2020: Keep America Great.” MacKay says the irony is that he didn’t cast a vote for Trump in 2016 but supports the president today.
He hadn’t displayed his Trump loyalty until very recently.
“I literally just put them on this weekend,” he told KOIN. “If I would’ve known somebody would’ve taken politics this far — I saw them, I thought they were funny and apparently somebody didn’t get the joke.”
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This incident comes after a liberal teacher threatened to kill Justice Brett Kavanaugh and an abortion activist in Canada assaulted a pro-life woman.
LifeNews has reported about dozens of threats, vandalism and other violence against pro-life advocates in the past year. These range from threats against prominent pro-life politicians like U.S. Reps. Chris Smith, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Steve Scalise to a Missouri sidewalk counselor who had a gun pointed at him.
In September, a popular conservative blogger was under police protection after she received rape and death threats because of a pro-life tweet. In June, a Florida man who volunteers at Planned Parenthood was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill pro-life U.S. Rep. Brian Mast’s children. Then in August, someone threatened to rape and kill the family of a pro-life advocate with Operation Rescue.
Within the past month, two Republican party offices also have been targeted. One in Illinois was vandalized with spraypaint, while local authorities said someone intentionally set fire to another in Wyoming.
Students for Life also has documented more than 40 incidents of vandalism alone in the past five years against its pro-life students groups. An interactive map displays the places where its clubs have been victims of vandalism.