Black Trump Supporter Bernell Trammell Murdered in Front of His “Vote Trump” Signs

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 27, 2020   |   11:33AM   |   Washington, DC

A black man who supports President Donald trump was murdered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin just hours after he gave an interview to local media about his support for the president.

Last week, an unidentified suspect shot the 60-year-old man in front of his Milwaukee store, where the black business owner had stood with “Vote Trump” signs during an interview just hours beforehand. Trammell was a street preacher and frequently carried his Vote trump signs up and down the streets to encourage drivers to support the president, and calling on the black community to endorse him.

“I am Bernell Trammell, I am at my office at the Expressions Journal publication, and I am encouraging afro-Americans from all walks of life and culture here in Wisconsin, particularly here in Milwaukee, to vote Donald Trump for this year, Trump 2020,” Trammell told The God Degree in an interview a few hours before he was shot.

Local police officials say Trammell was likely targeted becuase of his support for President Trump.

Reggie Moore, director of the Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention, told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that he had “intervened in a dispute between Trammel and a young man” that he thought was “related to a Trump sign that Trammell was carrying.” Moore said Trammell was “a Black elder who didn’t deserve to die the way that he did.”

Friends of Trammell say he was “ambushed” because of his pro-Trump views.

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Friends and acquaintances were shocked that someone would target Trammell, telling local Fox affiliate WITI that he was a peaceful, positive and religious man.

“I don’t know why he died, but I’m really angry that my friend was sitting out on the sidewalk and enjoying the sunshine and somebody ambushed him,” a friend named Pia Lombardi told WITI.

As of Sunday morning, the Milwaukee Police Department said the homicide is “still under investigation and the motive is still under determination as MPD is still seeking a suspect.”

The Wisconsin Republican Party has called for an investigation into Trammell’s death.

“It is tragic to learn of the senseless murder of Bernell Trammell, and I offer my sincere condolences to his family and friends. Because of Trammell’s well known political activism and the possibility that his murder could be politically motivated, I respectfully request that United States Attorney Matthew Krueger open an investigation into this heinous crime,” Andrew Hitt, the party chairman, said in a statement. “No American should fear for their personal safety because of where they live or their political affiliation.”