Alabama GOP Reports Attack On Limestone County GOP Trump Campaign Worker

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-An investigation is underway after a volunteer was reportedly attacked outside the Limestone County GOP Trump Headquarters over the weekend in north Alabama.

Statement from Athens Police Chief Anthony Pressnell regarding altercation on May 11
The Athens Police Department has received inquiries regarding an altercation that occurred at Lowe’s on May
11, 2024.
Athens Police Chief Anthony Pressnell said the department is investigating what appears to be a road rage
incident that occurred on Saturday, May 11, at 5:50 p.m. as two vehicles met at the entrance of Lowe’s at U.S.
72. One driver was at a stop sign on a side street that parallels U.S. 72, and a second driver was turning from
U.S. 72 into Lowe’s at that intersection.
The altercation ended in the Lowe’s parking lot. The investigation is ongoing.

Media Release/Athens Police Chief Anthony Pressnell

Tara Johnson, a dedicated Republican volunteer, was targeted in a senseless and shameful assault outside the Limestone County GOP Trump Headquarters over the weekend. The Alabama Republican Party condemns in the strongest terms this apparent politically motivated attack, which has left fellow members of the Limestone County GOP shaken. The Alabama GOP stands firmly with Ms. Johnson during this difficult time, and we ask for prayers for her swift recovery.

The incident happened on Saturday in the late afternoon, as Ms. Johnson was leaving the headquarters at 1117 U.S. Highway 72 East in Athens. Ms. Johnson serves as the lead volunteer, despite facing physical mobility challenges due to health issues. The assault took place in her vehicle. The attacker grabbed Johnson by the hair and repeatedly punched her in the face and slammed her head against the door of her truck.

“The attack on Tara Johnson is a disgraceful act of violence that has no place in our society. Having served alongside Tara on the Limestone County Executive Committee for many years, this is very personal to me,” said Chairman John Wahl of the Alabama Republican Party. “Tara is not just a volunteer; she is a kind and generous person who is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. We are heartbroken and outraged by this senseless act of violence against her.”

Chairman Wahl continued, “The Athens Police Department is currently investigating the assault, and we urge anyone with information to come forward and assist in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Violence has no place in our political discourse, and those responsible should be held accountable for their actions.”

“In times of political adversity, it is important that we come together and reaffirm our commitment to civility, respect, and peaceful political engagement. I call on the Democratic Party and mainstream media to cease their inflammatory rhetoric, which incites individuals against Donald Trump and his supporters. The relentless demonization and vilification of political opponents only serves to sow division and discord within our society. We can and should do better.”

The Alabama Republican Party remains dedicated to upholding respectful discussion and peaceful political engagement. We are committed to ensuring that all individuals can participate in the political process free from fear or intimidation, regardless of their political affiliation.

Media Release/Jeannie Negrón Burniston/ALGOP Communications Director

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