A 49-year-old Florida man has been arrested for threatening a group of supporters of President Donald Trump with a cane sword during a political assembly in Dunnellon because he wanted to “make a point, like a pirate,” police said.
James L. Whitehurst the II was charged on Feb. 6 with 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of disorderly conduct. He was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, located in Ocala, Florida, near the Gulf Coast.
According to the report, Whitehouse told police “he does not like President Trump and that was the reason behind the altercation.”
One witness told police Whitehurst approached the Trump supporters about 11:20 a.m. with the sword unsheathed, pointed it at their faces and said “you’re sh*t,” and “you suck.” Ten people claimed Whitehurst held the sword within 6 inches of their faces and said they feared for their lives.
About 30-40 Trump supporters were gathered on the sidewalk when police arrived and found Whitehurst at a nearby produce stand with the wooden and brass cane sword, about 38 inches total in length with a 19.5-inch metal blade and a point, unsheathed.
Florida man who ‘doesn’t like Trump’ threatens president’s supporters with cane sword
Whitehouse claimed he raised the unsheathed sword above his waist but did not point it anybody, the police report said.
He said he didn’t want to harm anyone but wanted “to make a point.”
One Twitter user questioned Whitehurst’s claim that he meant no harm.
Hm, "meant no harm?"
James L. Whitehurst II faces 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. "He removed the sword from its holder & pointed it at the Trump supporters. He told the officer he meant no harm." https://t.co/bVYFHI4RQW
— Rich Corbett 🇺🇸 (@RichC) February 12, 2020
Another wondered why there wasn’t more extensive media coverage of the incident.
Where's the 24/7 news coverage for this one? None, of course! #FakeNews refuse to cover when we're the victims
James Whitehurst II charged with 10 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, after threatening Florida Trump supporters with a swordhttps://t.co/v2VAIL7N63
— 🇺🇸 American Nationalist #MAGA 🗽🇺🇸 (@PlethoraMounds) February 12, 2020
Violence against Trump supporters
The incident comes amid a string of attacks against Trump supporters in the past week.
The most serious involved a Florida man accused of ramming his van into a Republican Party voter registration tent on Saturday. An arrest report said the man told deputies he did not like Trump and “someone had to take a stand.”
Another incident occurred on Friday at a bar in Tennessee, where a man celebrating his 50th birthday party and wearing a MAGA-like red cap that read “Make Fifty Great Again” was struck in the face by a woman. The man was left with a deep gash in his left cheek just below his eye.
New Hampshire said on Thursday they had arrested a man for assaulting a 15-year-old Trump volunteer outside a polling place following the first-in-the nation presidential primary.