A veteran with a personal disdain for the 45th President of the United States was taken into custody after smoke-bombing former President Donald J. Trump’s private resort in South Florida.
Reportedly angry because he had not yet received a stimulus check, West Palm Beach resident Paul Brantly Rawls decided to take his frustrations out on the former president’s residence Sunday afternoon, tossing a “5 minute white smoke” device on South Ocean Boulevard.
The smoke was so thick, it caused an accident involving two vehicles. Both the Palm Beach Police and the US Secret Service responded.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deployed their bomb squad to look for other devices, and Rawls was booked in the county jail on a $21,000 bond.
While Rawls deployed the device from a moving vehicle, he neglected to account for security cameras capturing his license plate.
When law enforcement tracked down Rawls, he admitted to the crime.
“I know the real reason you want to talk to me,” he said.
Upon inspection of Rawls’ vehicle, authorities discovered nine smoke bombs, four flares, four 5 Minute White Smoke devices, a 12-foot expandable hook, nylon rope and a black glove in his car, according to a report obtained by the New York Post.
A former Army Ranger, Rawls is an outspoken critic of President Trump.
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