- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 5, 2016

A South Carolina tow truck driver who supports Donald Trump for president refused to help a motorist stranded on the side of Interstate 26 Monday because of her Bernie Sanders bumper sticker.

Kenneth Shupe, who owns Shupee Max Towing in Travelers Rest, told a local ABC News affiliate that he “drew a line in the sand” when he saw the sticker on Cassy McWade’s stranded vehicle in Asheville.

“Something came over me, I think the Lord came to me, and he just said get in the truck and leave,” Mr. Shupe said. “And when I got in my truck, you know, I was so proud, because I felt like I finally drew a line in the sand and stood up for what I believed.”

Ms. McWade, who had been in a minor car accident, said Mr. Shupe had already started the process of towing her vehicle when he suddenly changed his mind.

“He goes around back and comes back and says, ‘I can’t tow you.’ My first instinct was there must be something wrong with the car,” Ms. McWade told ABC News. “And he says, ‘No, you’re a Bernie supporter.’ And I was like wait, really? And he says, ‘Yes ma’am,’ and just walks away.”

Mr. Shupe said his decision was based more on business than politics. He said he’s had trouble with Sanders-supporting customers in the past because of their entitled attitudes.

“I’ve had some horrible experiences in the last six months with towing cars for this mindset individuals, in that I don’t get paid,” he told ABC News. “They want to argue about a $50 tow bill, and it turns into just a drama and a fuss. And I said, you know, I’m not going to associate with them, and I’m not going to do any business with them.”

Ms. McWade, 25, has psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and early-stage Crohns, making her time on the road without a bathroom nearby a “terrifying” experience, she told ABC News. She is legally disabled and said her handicapped placard was hanging from her rearview mirror.

“I personally don’t believe that you don’t have to agree on anything just to be kind to one another,” Ms. McWade said. “I was like, what did I do to you? You know, I do believe I try to do right by people. So I was offended, and I don’t know what exactly he thinks I would have done to him directly by being a believer in Bernie.”

Mr. Shupe said he didn’t know that Ms. McWade was disabled, but he said it wouldn’t have changed his mind not to tow her.

“Had she been disabled, would I have towed her car? No ma’am. I would have pulled forward and sat there with her to make sure she was OK until another wrecker service showed up to get her home safely, but I still would not have towed her car,” he told ABC News. “I stand by my decision, and I would do it again today if the opportunity presented itself.”

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