Earlier this month, when Ohio got slammed by a heavy winter snowstorm, Troy Brown came across a motorist stuck in the snow.
Any thought of helping apparently flew right out of his head when he saw the car had a Trump bumper sticker. The photo that he posted to Facebook of the car has gone viral.
“I was going to help her but she has a #Trump sticker on her car. #CallYoPresident,” Brown wrote when he posted a picture of the snowbound car on Facebook.
He wrote that he does not support “Trump supporters, rapists, trafficking, or murderers. I believe in peace and harmony. Trump didn’t display that.”
Since Brown posted that on Dec. 13, he’s become a hero to some people — and a word-we-cannot-print to others.
“He’s an a@@.”
Brown is not the first person to make a decision like that based on politics.
In May, Trump supporter and tow truck driver Ken Shupe refused to help a female Bernie Sanders supporter after she was involved in a car crash when he saw the Sanders sticker on her car.
“Every business dealing in recent history that I’ve had with a socialist-minded person, I haven’t got paid,” Shupe told a local TV station.
So he refused to tow her.
“Something came over me, I think the Lord came to me, and he just said get in the truck and leave,” Shupe, who identified himself as a conservative Christian, told the TV station.
“And when I got in my truck, you know, I was so proud, because I felt like I finally drew a line in the sand and stood up for what I believed.”
The motorist he left stranded told The Washington Post: “You don’t have to agree on anything just to be kind to one another.”
Many people have made similar comments to Brown on Facebook, ground zero for this new, heated debate.
“Wow, pretty low move, and to brag? Lol. I’m sorry your morals are so misguided,” chided one woman.
“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. I’m just a gun owning patriotic American and you sir are a piece of (bleep),” wrote one man.
Another man told him that “I gotta give you credit Troy for making your posts global. I know I couldn’t do it. And you know I totally understand where you’re coming from in all this craziness. LOL”
One man told Brown, who is black, he did the right thing because “she would have called the police if you had got out and approached to help.”
This woman agreed: “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 — who sold merchandise over the holidays with the hashtag #CallYoPresident and a photo of the stranded car — doubled down on his actions on Monday.
“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,” he wrote on Facebook.
“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.
“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.”