A supporter of President Donald Trump has been arrested after allegedly threatening and assaulting a volunteer on the Democratic City Committee (DTC) workplace in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Michael Silverstein, of Westport, was issued a summons for breach of peace after the incident.
In a submit on Fb, Fairfield Democrats mentioned the person had turned up on the group’s workplace on Friday afternoon.
“A DTC volunteer was verbally & bodily assaulted at DTC headquarters by a Trump supporter who yelled at her (and others current), shouted pro-Trump sentiments, known as her obscenities, then smacked her hand when she tried to take his photograph,” they mentioned.
Fairfield Police responded to the workplace, however the man had left. Officers had been supplied with the license plate of a automobile that led them to Silverstein.
Lt. Antonio Granata informed native press that one of many volunteer staff within the workplace had provided to assist the person, who then grew to become “confrontational.”
This “precipitated the volunteer employee to take out their cellular phone in an try and report the incident,” Granata mentioned. “The male continued yelling profanities after which knocked the cellphone out of the volunteer’s hand.”
Silverstein, 61, mentioned he had “let my feelings get the most effective” of him after seeing indicators supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his working mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris.
He conceded that he did “terrorize and curse” at volunteers, however insisted he by no means made any threats. “The scenario escalated rapidly. I screamed and yelled, however I by no means touched [the volunteer worker],” he added.
Silverstein additionally claimed Trump supporters had been “attacked, harassed and threatened” every day over the previous 4 years.” He couldn’t instantly be reached for added remark.
In a press release, Fairfield Democrats added: “We’re grateful that each one our volunteers, although shaken, are secure following this extraordinarily upsetting occasion.
“That is precisely the sort of malicious habits that’s enabled and recklessly inspired by our present president frequently. And when our nation’s leaders don’t push again in opposition to Trump’s incitements, this hateful conduct solely positive aspects extra momentum.”
They added: “We want leaders – right here and throughout the nation – who will get up and state unequivocally: THIS. IS. NOT. ACCEPTABLE. Not right here in Fairfield, not in Connecticut, not anyplace.”
Fairfield Democrats and Republicans on Sunday issued a joint assertion condemning the incident.
“No matter our political affiliation or beliefs, bullying, intimidation, verbal threats, and bodily assaults are NOT acceptable underneath any circumstances,” the assertion mentioned. “It’s core to our democratic values & ideas, and elementary for the great of our group, that we get pleasure from the precise to interact civically and to securely take part in political life.”
Fairfield Police has been contacted for added remark.