By Talia Kaplan
Published February 13, 2020
Gregory Timm, 27, who allegedly rammed his van into a Republican Party voter registration tent on Saturday told deputies he did not like President Trump and “someone had to take a stand,” according to an arrest report.
Timm, of Florida, said he noticed the tent set up in a Walmart parking lot in Jacksonville when he went to buy food and cigarettes, according to a less-redacted version of the report released Tuesday. He said he drove to the tent after leaving the store.
The report details what may have motivated Timm’s alleged assault. He told deputies that he “does not like President Trump” and “the other reason was because ‘it’s like someone s******* on your grave,’” the account said.
Host Brian Kilmeade noted on Thursday that most of the networks barely reported on the attack, saying only NBC covered it for 25 seconds days later. Concha said some networks are failing to tell the story and that attack deserves coverage.
“It’s the most insidious kind of media bias and that’s the bias of omission, when you knowingly and intentionally suppress a story because it doesn’t fit the desired narrative,” he said. “And here, the narrative is not what people want to hear -- is that Trump supporters are targeted, too. They could be victims, too.”
Concha then went on to say that if the roles were reversed, the amount of coverage would have been different.
“If these were Democrats that were registering people, I am telling it you would have been endless wall-to-wall coverage,” he said.
“Go to a parallel universe for a moment, where somebody drives a car into a tent that, say, [Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth] Warren supporters are trying to register folks or [Minnesota Sen. Amy] Klobuchar or [Vermont Sen. Bernie] Sanders? Do you think it would be 25 seconds only on one network three days later?” Concha asked.
“It would go from zero minutes of coverage to having to put one or two zeros in front of it. It would be 24/7, wall-to-wall."
“And guess who would get blamed?” Concha asked. “President Trump would be blamed for it in the most pious and sanctimonious of ways, ‘You created this culture, are you going to answer for this?’”
The six volunteers working in the tent escaped without injury when the van accelerated through it, knocking over tables and chairs. Timm then exited the van, took out his phone and “flipped them off” before driving away, the victims told deputies.
The Republican Party of Duval County released the less-redacted report on social media, calling on the national media to stop hiding and cover this story with honesty and integrity.
“The good news is that the days of … ABC, CBS, NBC, New York Times, Washington Post dominating the news, those days are over,” Concha said on Thursday. “Because people are now hearing about it on, say, Fox News for instance. Or there’s people online, almost like the Paul Revere’s on Twitter, making sure that this story gets out and gets hundreds of thousands of views.”
Timm has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a person 65 years old or older, one count of criminal mischief and driving with a suspended license. The arrest report said no drugs or alcohol were involved.
Fox News’ Stephen Sorace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.