Trans Veteran's Car Vandalized And Lit On Fire By Trump Supporters

"I’m just trying to live my life ... I wouldn’t hurt anyone."

By Eric Shorey

And so it begins.

A trans woman who fought in Iraq found her truck vandalized with the future president's name and lit on fire in Cookeville, Tennessee. The woman, pseudonymously called "Elle" in reports, will be pursuing charges and is hoping the case is considered as a hate crime. Police told her it was being investigated as such.

The victim heard the rustlings of right-wing marauders at around 3:30am. She investigated the situation but found nothing too suspicious. Thirty minutes later, she heard a honk from outside and saw her vehicle turned into an inferno.

"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," she said to The Tennesseean.

“It just breaks my heart every time I walk past the driveway.”

The victim says she had not been harassed in her town before, but shortly outside Cookeville is another story: "I’ve been in altercations out of town because I’m transgendered," Elle said. "The last altercation was there (in Crossville) when a man took a swing at me in a bathroom."

Elle has been an active supporter of Hillary Clinton on social media (she thinks a Trump presidency will harm the LGBTQ community) but had no visible displays of support for the Democratic candidate at her home.

"I’m just trying to live my life," she said. "I wouldn’t hurt anyone."

Let's hope this does not become the new normal — although, in a way, it already is.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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