Trump supporters were out for a rally in Aliso Viejo, California on Wednesday.
But the rally was disrupted by a man who came up to the rally and blew smoke in the face of Donna Snow, 84, according to Townhall.
“He just wouldn’t leave me alone,” Snow said of the attacker. “He took his cigar, whatever it was filled with marijuana or whatever; he put it on my brand new Trump sign. They’re not giving away Trump signs … in California … you can’t do that.”
It was then the man, 33-year-old postal worker Alvin Gary Shaw, hauled off and smacked the elderly woman right across the face so hard that he broke her earrings off, according to Snow.
Another rally goer came to her aid and was injured. A 70-year-old woman was also knocked to the ground, received a neck injury, and had to be taken to the hospital.
It got a little crazier because the man was armed during the attack with a pocket knife, according to the police. Fortunately, a retired police officer then pulled a gun in order to stop the man when he tried to flee the scene.
Had it not been for the retired officer, things might have been even worse.
Then on top of it all, both the police and the media used terms in their descriptions that made it seem like the attack was a “fight” between two political sides, as opposed to an out and out attack on Trump supporters that was unprovoked.
“This could have been a very serious incident,” Sgt. Dennis Breckner said. “In this case, this was just two groups that disagree, and while we support people and their using their First Amendment rights to put out their message, we prefer that that remain peaceful.”
The alleged attacker was arrested for elder abuse, assault and battery, and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
What kind of a man attacks women, especially elderly women? What’s additionally troubling is that this guy reportedly worked for the post office. Can you imagine if he has any responsibility for mail/ballots and he’s already so crazy that he would attack elderly women? How could anyone be assured things were safe if he had access to them?