A U.S. Secret Service officer was hospitalized Wednesday night after he was struck by a car while protecting the President, according to a new report.
Less than 24 hours after a deranged liberal activist opened fire on congressional Republicans at a baseball practice session in Virginia, a driver in Washington, D.C., reportedly veered into a motorcade for President Donald Trump Wednesday, striking a Secret Service agent in the process.
Trump was on his way back to the White House from a visit to the hospital treating House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican who was critically wounded in Wednesday morning’s ballfield attack in Alexandria, Virginia.
According to CNN, the Secret Service “had blocked a street for the President’s return to the White House” when the unnamed driver attempted to enter the motorcade route despite verbal and visual commands to stop.
When one agent tried to block the vehicle’s progress into the route, the unnamed driver struck him, causing the agent to land on the hood of the driver’s Mazda SUV. Thankfully, he only suffered minor injuries.
The unidentified driver was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon and failure to obey.
He was then taken to a nearby police station for processing, and it was there that he revealed that he was a driver for Uber and that “he was not paying attention to the Secret Service officer but rather ‘another vehicle,’” according to CNN.
He later appeared in court to face only a failure to obey charge, CNN reported. It’s unclear at this point whether the assault with a dangerous weapon charge has been dropped or is simply being saved for another court hearing.
Dovetailing back to the man’s excuse for veering into the motorcade, it honestly sounds awfully sketchy. How blind would one have to be to not notice a presidential motorcade? In Washington?
Regardless, given the recent climate of hate against the president and his Republican peers in Congress — Trump was on his way back from visiting a man who was nearly killed because of it — it’s understandable that Secret Service agents would have been on edge when the driver failed to stop on command.
To be clear, at the moment there’s absolutely zero evidence to suggest that the suspect’s behavior was motivated by anything besides his inability to pay attention while driving.
But this could have ended a lot worse for him than a court date …