Civility alert: Hillary supporter ends argument by hitting 69-year-old woman over head with chair

Civility alert: Hillary supporter ends argument by hitting 69-year-old woman over head with chair
Matthew Pugh (Image: Police photo)

“Speak softly but carry a big stick,” Teddy Roosevelt famously advised. But according to a police report, 27-year-old Matthew Pugh of Donora, Pa., was neither speaking softly nor willing to stop with just a stick to drive home his dissatisfaction with the election of Donald Trump. Instead, Pugh came upside the head with a chair to impress on a 69-year-old female neighbor the error she had committed by not voting for Hillary Clinton in November.

According to the Observer-Reporter:

Pugh … was arrested Wednesday on a warrant obtained by Donora police on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment.

Borough police were called to the apartment complex Nov. 20. Witnesses told police that Pugh and the woman, also a Donora Towers resident, were in the lobby when they got into a disagreement about politics, particularly the recent presidential election.

Pugh reportedly became enraged. He allegedly picked up a chair and hit the woman over the head, knocking her to the floor. The chair opened a gash on her head that bled severely, police said. The woman also suffered other injuries in the fall.

Pugh was jailed on $50,000 bond and is scheduled for a Dec. 14 preliminary hearing. In the interim, maybe the New York Times’s Paul Krugman, can pen another entry for his “Conscience of a Liberal” blog in which he explains how “violent acts … happen when you create a climate of hate. And it’s long past time for the GOP’s leaders to take a stand against the hate-mongers.”

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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