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Trump Supporter's Truck Torched While Out With Son

| by Sheena Vasani

A California man believes his truck was set on fire because it had a bumper sticker supporting Republican nominee Donald Trump on it.

Hao Lee says he was fishing near Sacramento with his 2-year-old son only 50 yards from his white Dodge Ram when he overheard somebody scream anti-Trump statement, WBTV reports.

"A couple hours into fishing I heard someone yelling out 'F Trump,'" Lee said. "After that I heard glass breaking, I called 911, and a couple of minutes later I saw smoke."

Lee says he did not rush to the vehicle because his first priority was the wellbeing of his child, reports KTXL.

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Instead, they stayed near the water, waiting for the chaos to pass. When things were quiet, he approached his car to find it in flames.

"I didn't think anyone would do this kind of stuff over bumper stickers. It's not right," he said.

Lee said he later struggled to explain to his young child what had happened to the truck and why.

So far investigators with the Sacramento City Fire Department have not revealed whether they have found any clue as to who the culprit could be.

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While tensions between supporters of Trump and his rival, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, are high, there have been some moments of civility.

In October, Democrats gathered together to raise $13,000 to help rebuild a fire-bombed GOP office in North Carolina, The Huffington Post reports.

"This is not how Americans resolve their differences," the GoFundMe page set up by Democrats read. "We talk, we argue, sometimes we march, and most of all we vote. We do not resort to violence by individuals or by mobs."

In early November, President Barack Obama came to the defense of a Trump supporter being booed at a North Carolina Clinton rally, Politicus USA reports.

"Listen up," the president said to the audience. "You’ve got an older gentleman who is supporting his candidate. He’s not doing nothing."

The president continued, admonishing the Clinton supporters for booing what looked like an elderly veteran, while reminding them "we live in a country that respects free speech."

Sources: KTXL, WBTV, The Huffington Post, Politicus USA / Photo credit: KTXL

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