A woman who was stranded on an interstate after being involved in a collision encountered a tow-truck driver who apparently refused to tow her car for political reasons. The Washington Post reports that Ken Shupe, the tow-truck driver, is a Donald Trump supporter who objected to a Bernie Sanders yard sign and bumper sticker displayed on Cassandra McWade’s car.
Following the incident Monday in North Carolina, both Shupe and McWade have been talking to the media.
“Every business dealing in recent history that I’ve had with a socialist-minded person, I haven’t got paid,” Shupe told Fox Carolina. He added: “Every time I’ve dealt with these people in recent history, I get ‘Berned.’
“With an ‘e,’ not a ‘u.’”
McWade told The Post: “He said ‘I can’t tow you, you’re a Bernie supporter.’ And I was like, ‘Wait, are you serious?’”
Apparently, he was. Fox Carolina reported: “When he saw ‘a bunch of Bernie Sanders stuff’ he said he told the woman, ‘very politely,’” that he could not “tow her car because she was ‘obviously a socialist’ and advised her to ‘call the government’ for a tow.”
Shupe then drove off. McWade said she was “totally in shock” as he pulled away.
Shupe also talked about the incident with ABC affiliate WLOS-TV in Asheville, N.C., telling the station: “Something came over me; I think the Lord came to me, and he just said get in the truck and leave. 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.”