A New Hampshire man is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted a 15-year-old supporter of President Donald Trump and two other people who attempted to intercede outside a polling place during Tuesday’s primary.
Patrick Bradley, 34, of Windham, was taken into custody on Thursday afternoon without incident and charged with three counts of simple assault and one count of disorderly conduct.
Windham police said their investigation revealed that Bradley had just exited the polls inside Windham High School around 6:12 p.m. on Tuesday and was walking by a Trump campaign tent occupied by several campaign supporters.
As he passed the tent, police said he slapped a 15-year-old boy across the face and then assaulted two other adults who attempted to intercede to protect the teen.
He was also accused of throwing Trump campaign signs and attempting to knock over the tent.
“My son was standing outside on the sidewalk and he said ‘have a nice night,’ he said it to everyone. But this man was triggered,” the boys mom explained. “He said ‘f— you’ to him and wound up his hand as fast as he could and slapped him across the face.”
Bradley is being held at Rockingham County Jail on $5,000 bail as well as an administrative hold for a probation violation, according to police. He is expected to be arraigned on Friday.
The boy’s father told WBZ that when his son showed up at the polling location he was excited to have a way to take part in the election process. He even had his picture taken with Donald Trump Jr.
Trump Jr. later tweeted out the photo with a caption saying in part: “Just got off the phone with him & his mother. I thanked them for being such strong supporters. My family has your back…”
So it turns out that I actually met the 15 year old victim shortly before he was attacked by a sick leftist.
I asked an aide to find his number & just got off the phone with him & his mother. I thanked them for being such strong supporters. My family has your back Nate! #MAGA https://t.co/1u5vOB9VwW pic.twitter.com/uZtcE9ABVp
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 13, 2020
The teen’s father was one of the first responders called to the scene after the attack and says his son is doing OK, but is nervous about when Bradley is no longer behind bars. While he wants the attention to go away, the experience has provided a civics lesson.
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