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“Stacey Abrams for Governor” reads one. “Black Lives Matter“ another proclaims. “Resist and Win” a third sticker exhorts. Imagine then leaving a grocery store and returning to your vehicle to find that your bumper stickers have been covered by “I ❤️Trump” stickers.
That abomination was exactly the situation faced by Lawrenceville, Georgia resident Sharon Wood when she emerged from a Publix market on Monday according to the Gwinnett Daily Post.
When Wood saw the stickers she was horrified and immediately removed them from her bumper where they were placed.
“I just peeled them off and tossed them in my car and finished loading my groceries,” Wood told the Daily Post. “And then when I went to get into the driver’s side of the car, I hear this guy yelling from across the parking lot ‘(expletive) traitor. You (expletive) traitor’ and I look over there and see this work van and this guy yelling.
“I just shook my head, sort of like ‘You idiot’ … I got in my car and left and he immediately started following me. That’s when I stopped being annoyed and started being scared.”
Rather than risk being followed to her home by the deranged Trump supporter, Wood pulled into another parking lot at a strip mall faster than her pursuer could make the turnoff.
The man in the truck honked his horn at her as he drove by.
After Woods was sure she was no longer being followed, she returned home and called the number of the company listed on the van that her stalker was was driving.
“I’m like, ‘Hi, I’m jut wondering how many work vans you have?’ and he said ‘Why do you want to know?’ I said ‘Well because I’d like to file a complaint against one of your workers who harassed me at Publix.’
“He’s like, ‘Why don’t you complain to Stacey Abrams?’ “
Confirming that he was the perpetrator who had defaced her car and followed her, he then hung up the phone.
Meanwhile, on Facebook, the account of a man named Tommy Dunaway posted a photo of the back of Wood’s car with the Trump stickers pasted over her BLM and Stacey Abrams stickers, accompanied by the caption “I added some ‘I love Trump’ stickers to this (expletive) collection.”
When Wood called the local police department to report what happened she initially got little satisfaction.
“(He) essentially said, ‘Oh gee, that’s too bad that it happened. Things are just really heated on both sides these days so, you know, have a nice day,’” Wood said of the police officer who responded to her complaint.
Gwinnett Democratic Party Chairwoman Bianca Keaton was more responsive when Wood told her what had happened, however.
Keaton posted the story to Facebook and got the attention of Gwinnett County Solicitor General Brian Whiteside who announced Thursday that his office is looking at pursuing charges of simple assault, criminal trespass and misdemeanor stalking against Dunaway.
Wood, rather than being intimidated by the harassment over her political views is more determined than ever to continue to express her political views.
“This is a democracy and, in the current environment, dissent is crucial to make sure this remains a democracy,” she said. “Even if someone tries to intimidate me, I will not be silenced.”
Get this woman a “Nevertheless She Persisted” bumper sticker to add to her collection. She deserves it.
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