Man accused of slapping teenage Trump supporter at campaign tent

  • In this photograph provided Feb. 14, 2020 by the Windham, N.H. Police Department shows Patrick Bradley of Windham. Bradley, 34, was arrested after voting in the state's presidential primary following an incident where he attempted to knock over a Trump campaign tent and slapped a teen outside the polling station, according to officials. (Windham, N,H. Police Dept. via AP)

Published: 2/14/2020 12:43:37 PM

A man accused of assaulting several people at a campaign tent for President Donald Trump outside a New Hampshire polling location apologized to a judge Friday.

Patrick Bradley, 34, of Windham, said he let his emotions get the better of him, WMUR-TV reported.

“This is a big screwup,” Bradley said.

Police said Bradley cursed at Trump supporters in their tent while he was on his way to cast his ballot at Windham High School in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary Tuesday. When he left, he allegedly slapped a 15-year-old Trump supporter who said, “Goodbye, sir,” to him, prosecutors said.

He then allegedly assaulted two adults who tried to intervene. He’s also accused of throwing campaign signs and trying to knock over the tent.

“My son stayed home from school on Tuesday for a doctor’s appointment and we drove by the high school to go vote. When we got there, we saw Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, and my son was over the moon,” the boy’s mother, Cathy Campbell told Fox News. “My son is the most patriotic kid you’d ever meet in your life. I was apprehensive about him wearing the MAGA hat, because we know it can provoke and we know people don’t like Trump.”

Campbell asked that her son remain anonymous. However, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted about the incident.

“I asked an aide to find his number & just got off the phone with him & his mother,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “I thanked them for being such strong supporters.”

Bradley was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of simple assault and one count of disorderly conduct.

Prosecutors said he hastwo prior convictions of simple assault and reckless conduct.

Bradley said the convictions “were due to mental health problems, and this is a relation of that.”

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