An elderly New Jersey man was reportedly beaten in a restaurant parking lot merely because he was wearing a Donald Trump T-Shirt, police say.
Police in Bloomfield, New Jersey, say that on August 3, a 62-year-old man was attacked in a parking lot of a Friendly’s restaurant after being harassed by an unknown assailant, simply for wearing a Trump shirt.
The victim told police that a man in a compact car first began yelling at him from the street and then began to follow him in the vehicle. Soon, the suspect stopped his car, jumped out, and began to harass the man as he continued toward the restaurant.
“The motorist inquired why (the man) was wearing the shirt, directing profanities at him,” Bloomfield Police spokesman Ralph Marotti told the media. “The (victim) continued to walk away as (the) motorist followed him.”
The attacker set upon the elderly victim with a crowbar, delivering blows to his arms, torso, and legs, a police report says. The victim was treated at the scene.
People in the parking lot say they witnessed the attack.
Police are now searching for the attacker, who fled before they arrived.
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