It was winter, a blizzard had hit Ohio, and a woman’s car got stuck in the snow in a ditch by the side of the road. A man came along and he might have helped her out, but then noticed her bumper sticker. Troy Brown was the man who spotted the car in the ditch, but he decided not to help someone in need that day because of the political choice reflected on the sticker.
She was a Trump supporter.
Brown took to social media to explain his reasons for declining to help, writing on Facebook that he doesn’t support “Trump supporters, rapists, trafficking, or murderers. I believe in peace and harmony. Trump didn’t display that.”
He posted an image of the woman’s car, captioning the photo: “I was going to help her but she has a #Trump sticker on her car. #CallYoPresident.”
When his post about the woman’s bumper sticker went viral, he created merchandise with the image, including t-shirts and hoodies and noted he would have them “shipped before Christmas” for anyone who placed orders.
Many found fault with his reasoning for not helping someone in need just because they are a Trump supporter, as one person commented: “That’s a great attitude to have towards your fellow human being. What if they were hurt?”
Another person defended Brown, however, writing: “[Shaking my damn head] at everyone condemning Troy for not helping a complete stranger. All you read was ‘didn’t help a Trump supporter’ and everyone lost their damn minds.”
One commenter didn’t pull any punches, writing: “That’s sad,” adding, “I pray & hope when you or a family member is ever in need they won’t be judged by the color of their skin or who they did or didn’t vote for.”
Others remarked: “Wow, pretty low move, and to brag? Lol. I’m sorry your morals are so misguided” and “that’s what’s wrong with people nowadays. I was raised to help everyone in need no matter what, but what do I know.”
Another commenter offered this perspective: “It ain’t safe for black men to be approaching strangers!!! They could get killed because somebody feared for their life!!! Yes keeping on going sticker or not!!!!”
Brown responded: “For my beloved Trump supporters, I’ve received a lot of feedback; both good and bad concerning the supporter which I’ve left in the blizzard. As an American citizen, I’m not here for your deeply rooted hatred! Nor am I here for your self righteous comments when the time permits and benefits the Caucasian community.”
He continued: “Where were you all during Trumps rallies when blacks and Muslims were trampled? Where were you all when Trump settled in court? Nothing but love! However, I’ve provided a list below which allows you and your peers to call for help in a time of need.”
A similar situation happened when tow truck driver Ken Shupe, a Trump Supporter, refused to help a woman involved in a car crash when he saw she had a Bernie Sanders bumper sticker on her car.
Shupe told a local TV station: “Every business dealing in recent history that I’ve had with a socialist-minded person, I haven’t got paid.” He added: “Something came over me, I think the Lord came to me, and he just said get in the truck and leave.”
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