Cookeville, Tennessee — A transgender woman’s pick-up truck was spray painted with the words “Trump” and lit on fire in her driveway while she and her 3-year-old son were inside their home last Saturday.
The victim of this horrendous hate crime said she heard a noise outside her home at about 3:30 a.m. She went out and saw the door to her pickup truck open.
“I thought I’d forgotten to lock or close the door.” She said, as she went back inside.
About 30 minutes later, she said she heard a horn honk and looked outside to see her truck engulfed in flames.
The victim is a disabled US-Army veteran. She served for over eight years, until she was medically retired in 2007. She suffered a severe brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder while on tour in Iraq in 2004.
While she said she hasn’t experienced any discrimination in Cookeville since she came out two years ago, traveling outside of the city has proven dangerous.
“I’ve been in altercations out of town because I’m transgender.” She said.
While she has no Hillary Clinton signs on her front garden or in her windows, she said she is active on social media against Donald Trump. She said a Trump presidency would harm the LGBTQ community.
She added: “My kid is still frightened. I’m just trying to live my life, I wouldn’t hurt anyone.”
Source: The Tennessan.