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"I was just voicing an opinion."
A Vietnam veteran said was beaten after a man heard him telling a Jacksonville, Florida, gas station clerk that he plans to vote for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in November, according to WJXT-TV.
Charlie Daniels, 68, said the man behind him in line became irate after hearing his selection of a candidate and went on a rant filled racial slurs and expletives. Daniels said the man left the store and confronted him in the parking lot.
"He said, 'Hey, I need to talk to you.' I said, 'Partner, I don’t want to talk to nobody. Look, that stuff is over with. I was just voicing an opinion. So were you,' and I said, 'Come on, let me go get some gas,'" Daniels said. "He reached over, grabbed me by this arm, turned me around and came down with his left hand, knocked me down, and when I hit the ground, he said, 'What do you think about Trump now, you white [expletive]?' And then he started kicking me.”
Daniels said he plans to vote for Trump because “I’m a Vietnam vet and I’d like to see us the country get back on straight and normal and get our military back to where it used to be."
"He said, 'I don’t give a [expletive] about you being a vet,'" Daniels added.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office told WJXT the attack was captured on surveillance footage without audio. They described the assailant as “a 25- to 35-year-old black man, at least 6 feet tall and weighing 210 to 230 pounds, with long dreadlocks and a beard.”
“I hope he goes to jail. I want him to make restitution for all my injuries and the pain I’m going through right now," Daniels said, adding, "I don’t see why it’s not a hate crime with all the words he was saying. It was all about me being a white man and supporting Trump. If that’s not hate, then I don’t know what it is."
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