Transgender disabled Army veteran’s truck firebombed in alleged political hate crime

A disabled Army veteran's truck was torched in the middle of the night on November 5th. (Photo provided)

Police are investigating a possible hate crime in Cookeville, Tennessee where it appears a US Army vet was targeted because she’s a transgender woman who supports Hillary Clinton.

The woman, who has only been identified as “Elle,” says the incident happened early Saturday morning while she was inside her home with her 3-year-old son. She heard noises around 3:30 am and went outside to find her Ford F-150 torched in her driveway.

Police noticed that her truck has the word “Trump” spray painted on it before is was torched.

Police are investigating an incident where a woman's truck was spray painted with the words "Trump" in two places and burned Nov. 5, 2016. (Photo: Provided)
Police are investigating an incident where a woman’s truck was spray painted with the words “Trump” in two places and burned Nov. 5, 2016. (Photo: Provided)

“Most of (the paint) got burned off, but one of the police officers pointed out that it said ‘Trump’ on the hood and the back,” the victim told Putnam County sheriff’s deputies.

The 8-year-vet, who was medically retired in 2007 after suffering from a severe brain injury and PTSD, said she has no idea who would do this to her.

“I’ve been in altercations out of town because I’m transgendered,” she told The Tennessean, but added that since being in Cookeville she hasn’t experienced any discrimination.

“The last altercation was there (in Crossville) when a man took a swing at me in a bathroom.”

There’s nothing on her property to indicate she’s a supporter of Hillary Clinton, but the vet says she is active on social media “against Donald Trump.”

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  • Michele graduated with a B.S. in Telecommunication from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications. She has spent numerous years working in the news industry in south Florida, including many positions ranging from being a news writer at WSVN, the Fox affiliate in Miami to being an associate news producer at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami. Michele has also worked in Public Relations and Marketing.

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