Did a Massachusetts man purposefully crash his vehicle into a Trump-themed store, almost hitting and potentially killing a mother and her little boy? That is the question that needs to be resolved.
On one hand, suspect Sean Flaherty, 46, reportedly claimed after the Thursday crash that he’d done the deed because of the voices in his head.
“The voices in his head told him to do it,” New England for Trump employee Karla Kelley said to Fox Business Network, recalling what the man had said after the crash.
Watch footage of the crash below (*Graphic content):
“At this time Flaherty has been charged reckless operation of a motor vehicle and malicious destruction of property. (Additional charges may follow),” Deputy Chief Keith Boone of the Easton Police Department noted. “A request was also made to the Registry of Motor Vehicles to revoke Flaherty’s license as an immediate threat.”
However, some evidence led to suggestions that Flaherty’s actions may have been intentional, including the fact that, according to Kelley, he’d had an “anti-Trump sticker on his car.”
“Images … show several bumper stickers on the rear of the Jetta, including one with a photo of Trump. The sticker includes a Voltaire quote and a barcode on Trump’s upper lip appears to be a reference to Adolph Hitler,” according to local station WCVB.
Plus, even the police don’t appear to believe him.
“[P]olice say he intentionally crashed into a pro-Trump store in Massachusetts. … He faces charges of reckless operation of a motor vehicle and malicious destruction of property. Malicious destruction of property is a felony charge. It suggests that police believe there is probable cause that the crash was purposeful and committed with malice,” WCVB reported Friday.
But on the other hand, a close friend of Flaherty’s told WCVB that the crash “had nothing to do with Trump or any political anything.”
“It was just an unfortunate coincidence. He wasn’t in the right sense of mind mentally. He’s been going through a lot over the past year,” the friend said.
So which is it?
Conservatives for their part have labeled it everything from attempted murder to a hate crime and even domestic terrorism. The going theory is that Flaherty’s actions were motivated by Trump Derangement Syndrome.
TDS in full effect
— Darrell Hardin (@DarrellHardin73) June 17, 2022
Trump Derangement Syndrom = Blind Rage
— Edited For Bias (@editedforbias) June 17, 2022
Ah . That’s attempted murder but no guns were seen so it’s okay
— Chris M (@Allstargo10) June 17, 2022
and why is not categorized into ‘TERRORIST’ attack?
this can kill dozens if the shop was filled with customer
— unknownadvocate (@nigelwhatnot) June 17, 2022
— Lisa w/a Twisted Spine (@lisaN4kids) June 17, 2022
Either way, Flaherty’s actions nearly killed a mother and her son.
“Just before he did that, there was a little boy with his mother shopping right in that spot. … Thank God nobody got hurt, that’s all I can say,” store owner Keith Lambert told WCVB.
American Wire previously profiled Lambert in December. He’s the founder of the official Let’s Go Brandon store chain, which operates in the mostly leftist states that make up New England.
In an interview late last year with Fox Business Network, he said business was booming thanks not only to Trump supporters but former Biden ones as well.
“A customer came into one of our locations [Tuesday] and bought a Let’s Go Brandon sticker and went out to his car and stuck it over his Biden sticker. And that was it, he was just like, ‘I’m done with this guy.’ People have buyer’s remorse. Business is very, very good right now,” he recalled.
Considering that President Joe Biden’s job approval rating has dropped from an average of 44.1 percent in December to 38.9 percent as of June 13th, business must be especially nice this summer.
New England man expands ‘Let’s go Brandon’ store chain, says biz is booming – and it’s not just Trump voters! https://t.co/BeGbGlyA94
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) January 1, 2022
According to Lambert, his store chain was originally named New England for Trump. He rebranded one of them to Let’s Go Brandon in November, and it became so successful that he soon decided to rebrand the whole chain.
It’s unclear why the one in Easton, where the crash occurred, has been referred to as New England for Trump by the media.
At the time of the interview in December, Lambert admitted that he sometimes had to deal with nasty Trump haters.
“He said some critics have lashed out with negative online reviews and that every once in a while they’ll get an email or phone call ‘with the stupid stuff that they say.’ Most recently, he said he received a letter in the mail wishing death on him and his family,” according to Fox Business Network.
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