Update at 8:25 p.m. - Provincetown Police have released their initial statement on the MAGA Truck incident. Their initial findings tend to refute some of the assertions made by the complaining parties. See the statement on the Related Content link below.
Provincetown, MA - Yesterday the Brewster Republican Town Committee's "MAGA Truck" visited every early voting site on Cape Cod, boldly decked out in banners supporting President Trump and candidate Adam Lange, who is running for GOP State Committeeman. The truck is also decorated with "thin blue line" banners in support of police.
The day went without incident until it pulled into Provincetown. As Lange related on Facebook last night, "the MAGA truck was immediately attacked upon arrival at town hall. Both a Trump banner and a Thin Blue Line banner were torn from the truck before I even set the air brakes."
Lange continues, "I pursued the perp down Commercial Street and into an alley, placed him under citizens arrest and returned him to the scene of the crime. Sargent Enos from PPD took over from there."
In a second email, Lange related the incident with the perpetrator as follows: "I pursued him and we eventually found ourselves in an alley. He spun around and told me to leave him the F alone. He was about 30 years old, white, 6 foot, 175. I smelled alcohol on his breath. I put my hand on my gun, and told him I was placing him under citizens arrest, and we were returning to the truck to meet with police."
Lange also thanks Marine Corps veteran George Peri for riding with him and standing by the truck during the attack.
In a separate email, Lange related that he found a "small crowd" challenging Mr. Peri when he returned to the truck with the perpetrator. "The crowd really didn't care, and felt we had caused the problem."
Provincetown Police Chief Golden has not yet responded to an email request for a statement, sent by CCToday Monday evening.
Provincetown, normally a Mecca of tolerance and peace, is the last place we expect to see this kind of troubling behavior. We are eager to see if elected officials will denounce this kind of political violence as citizens exercise their First Amendment rights.