A tow truck driver in Asheville, North Carolina, refused service to a disabled woman after he saw Bernie Sanders bumper stickers on her car.
Cassandra McWade was heading home to Travelers Rest on I-26 when a tractor-trailer hit the front of her Toyota Camry. Unable to start her car following the accident, the 25-year-old called her usual mechanic, who in turn called Ken Shupe of Shupee Max Towing. By the time he arrived at the scene, which was about an hour later, a first-responder had already moved the car to the side of the interstate.
“He goes around back and comes back and says, 'I can't tow you.' My first instinct was there must be something wrong with the car,” McWade told News 13. “And he says, 'No, you're a Bernie supporter.' And I was like wait, really? And he says, 'Yes ma'am,' and just walks away.”
The 25-year-old, who suffers from psoriatic arthritis, impaired mobility, early stage Crohn’s disease, severe fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, was both shocked and scared at the man’s actions.
“I’m a conservative Christian, I’ve just drawn a line in the sand,” Shupe, who is unsurprisingly a Donald Trump supporter, told Fox 21. “I’m not going to associate or conduct business with them.”
The 51-year-old claimed McWade was “sitting there in a very safe area ... with her air conditioning on and her car locked, she was perfectly fine.” He said he didn’t know about her disabilities, but noted, “There’s a huge difference between being disabled and drawing disability.”
Apparently, he initially supported Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee. However, now that Donald Trump is the presumptive presidential nominee, the truck driver is going to support him “110 percent.”
Keeping his political views in mind, his actions are pretty self-explanatory. After all, Trump once himself mocked a New York Times reporter for his disabilities in front of a large crowd.
As for McWade, she was forced to spend another two hours on the side of the highway before help arrived.
“I was dependent on anybody who was willing to help me, completely dependent,” she said, noting she was unable to walk or even lift the hood because of her back issues. She also explained that she volunteers for the Sanders campaign because he’s “not in it for the money.”