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Man Admits Running Down and Killing Teenager, Claiming He Was a ‘Republican Extremist’

Man Admits Running Down and Killing Teenager, Claiming He Was a ‘Republican Extremist’

“Brandt told State Radio that the pedestrian was part of a Republican extremist group”

A 41-year-old man ran down a teenager with his vehicle in North Dakota this week, killing him. The suspect later claimed that the teen was part of an extremist Republican group.

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear that?

I don’t know about you, but my mind immediately flashes to Biden’s speech in Philadelphia.

KVLY News reports:

Man admits to killing teen after political dispute in Foster Co., court docs allege

A community is mourning the loss of an 18-year-old man from Grace City, North Dakota, as investigators look into what led up to a deadly crash. Foster County Deputies were called to a hit-and-run that happened in an alleyway near Johnston Street and Jones Avenue in McHenry, ND.

Court documents say at 2:35 Sunday morning, 41-year-old Shannon Brandt called 911 to report that he had hit a pedestrian because he was threatening him. Brandt told State Radio that the pedestrian was part of a Republican extremist group and that he was afraid they were “coming to get him.” The pedestrian has been identified in a GoFundMe page as 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson.

After visiting the scene where the incident happened, deputies went to Brandt’s house in Glenfield, ND, which is about 12 minutes from the crash scene. Brandt admitted to consuming alcohol before the incident, and stated he hit Ellingson with his car because he had a political argument with him. Brandt also admitted to deputies that he initially left the crash scene, then returned to call 911, but left again before deputies could arrive.

InForum has more on this:

Police say Brandt was drunk when he hit and killed Ellingson with his SUV in an alleyway.

“We do not know of any witnesses. We are still making attempts to interview potential witnesses from the street dance, people that were present prior to the crash happening,” Niewind said.

A judge ordered Brandt held on $50,000, which he objected, saying he’s not a flight risk.

“I have a job, a life and a house and things I don’t want to see go by the wayside — family that are very important to me,” Brandt told the judge.

Here’s a video report:

This is just sickening.

Does the media bear any responsibility for this?

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So 41yo Democrat loses a political argument with 18yo Republican.
So far this is entirely credible.
Then Democrat uses car to murder him, because sometimes calling a conservative 20 vile names to “win” an argument just isn’t satisfying enough anymore.
Still tracking.
Democrat conscientiously does not use a gun.
OK, I’m convinced.

    Dimsdale in reply to henrybowman. | September 21, 2022 at 9:29 am

    It is the left’s response to every argument they lose (due to insufficient facts or a complete lack thereof): shout them down, and now, run them down.

    MAGA Republicans? How about Violent Communist Leftists?

    We need a committee to investigate Biden’s “Fourth Reich” speech which likely incited this and future atrocities.

Wait, in North Dakota that’s what they call an alley?!

A middle-aged loser twice the victim’s age couldn’t handle a political argument, so he allegedly killed him. To Democrat operatives, that might sound like a rational individual.

Joe Biden said MAGA Republicans were a threat to our nation. These freedom-loving patriots, who only want a government that works for them, better trade deals, more jobs, and fewer taxes, are a clear and present danger that must be crushed. And yet, we’re not the ones killing people over political disputes. That would be the Democrats.

The Left used the January 6 riot to smear Trump supporters as violent insurrectionists. Still, only one person was killed inside the Capitol Building, Ashli Babbitt, whose officer-involved death continues to be plagued with questions.

    He didn’t allegedly kill him, he most definitely killed him.

      Gosport in reply to BuckIV. | September 21, 2022 at 11:18 am

      He didn’t just kill him, he tracked and chased him long enough for the kid to telephone home twice looking for help.

      The murderer had plenty of time to calm down and certainly wasn’t under threat.

      Connivin Caniff in reply to BuckIV. | September 21, 2022 at 1:10 pm

      And unless “murder” is subsumed into vehicular homicide in North Dakota, why would the defendant not also be charged with murder, presumably first degree? Do not the allegations, if true, support that?

        why would the defendant not also be charged with murder, presumably first degree?

        Undercharging. Most often seen when there are politically preferred defendants or politically undesirable victims.

      Char Char Binks in reply to BuckIV. | September 21, 2022 at 4:44 pm

      It’s still an allegation, that is, an accusation.

But no blood on Brandon’s hands… Got it.

To be fair, the right is not blameless. The Charlottesville car attack occurred on August 12, 2017, when James Alex Fields, Jr. deliberately drove his car into a crowd of people protesting the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one person and injuring 35.

    henrybowman in reply to JR. | September 21, 2022 at 10:17 am

    Ooh, you found ONE. Good for you.
    See you and raise you 5 in Waukesha.

    moonmoth in reply to JR. | September 21, 2022 at 10:19 am

    “To be fair, the right is not blameless.”
    No one said that they are. Instead, the point is one that Tim Pool often makes (e,g., yesterday in ): hate-mongerers who incite violence are a fringe group among the Right, but are mainstream among the Left.

    CommoChief in reply to JR. | September 21, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Nah, that dude in Charlottesville was a disturbed, schizophrenic loser. I’m not taking responsibility for his actions and reject the notion that I or the populist right should even consider doing so. He should have been in a treatment facility but the leftists won’t allow that.

    When the populist right has a normal person, reflective of the center mass of the populist right who decides to murder a leftist following a policy disagreement then we can do an apples to apples comparison.

    chrisboltssr in reply to JR. | September 21, 2022 at 11:11 am

    No, that wasn’t from the Right and you know it, you dishonest hack.

    And then you bring that up to excuse this sorry Leftist murdering a kid. The number of political deaths by Leftists far exceed those by the Right by miles.

    You dishonest loon.

    Milhouse in reply to JR. | September 21, 2022 at 11:12 am

    What has that got to do with “the right”?

    Colonel Travis in reply to JR. | September 21, 2022 at 12:14 pm

    No politician on the right incites or condones unprovoked violence. The left cannot shut up about it.

    Jazzizhep in reply to JR. | September 21, 2022 at 12:59 pm

    To be fair, there were thousands that were there legally with a permit. Then a group of a hundred or so showed up and confronted the large crowd. It is not excuse for running people over, but would your thoughts have been different if there someone killed in a fight? Would you still blame all the conservatives there instead of the one person driving the car?

    Child assaulted for wearing MAGA hat

    Customers shouted down in restaurants

    Pro-life booth run over with car

    College conservative assaulted for handing out brochures

    Assassination attempt on Kavanaugh

    Maxine calling for people to get in conservatives faces

    Schumer saying they are coming for SCOTUS

    Too many hoaxes to name

      ConradCA in reply to Jazzizhep. | September 22, 2022 at 1:12 am

      ANTIFA thug sneaks up on conservatives and hits them in the head with a ten pound U suu hi aped bike like lock. Thug sentenced to no probation because V it’s Berkeley Ca.

    thalesofmiletus in reply to JR. | September 21, 2022 at 1:54 pm

    Sorry. Fields was trying to escape while a violent mob was surrounding him. They are not the same.

    alaskabob in reply to JR. | September 21, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    To be fair… Fields rear-ended a car that rear-ended a mini-van that struck and killed the woman. To be fair, that narrow one-way street was supposed to be blocked off by the authorities. To be fair, as noted… he had significant mental issues that played into what was more an escape mechanism than intent as, say, in Wisconsin…. which we don’t hear much about these days.

    healthguyfsu in reply to JR. | September 21, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    Did you really think people here don’t know who you are?

    Lamest troll attempt yet.

    ConradCA in reply to JR. | September 22, 2022 at 1:08 am

    The guy drove his car on the road until he found his way blocked by a bunch of progressive fascists. They attacked his car until he did the rational thing, threw it in reverse and tried to get away. Unfortunately, for him the thugs had surrounded his car and those behind him were run over. I be think he needed a better lawyer. It clearly was self defense I’m. Mobs of thugs shouldn’t surround peoples cars and try to attack the driver.

    venril in reply to JR. | September 22, 2022 at 4:38 pm

    To be fair, the guy who organized it was an Obama operative, LARPing

There will be no denouncement. No condolences. Twitter Liberals and politicians will ignore politically motivated violence against conservatives because they truly believe that it’s deserved. Really sickening stuff.

“I have a job, a life and a house and things I don’t want to see go by the wayside — family that are very important to me,” Brandt told the judge.

Wow, I’m almost at a loss for words. What about the 18 year old kid’s life and family?

And so it begins. More accurately it continues along the foreseeable path. Ramp up rhetoric to demonize your political opposition, cast them as the extremist other in your passion play and watch as the fruit loops take their cue to commit violence. All the while removing the opportunity to participate in discourse within the modern public square and using the power of the federal govt to intimidate and suppress dissent.

This is nothing more than an extension of the ongoing process born out of the overheated reaction to Jan 6. The die was cast by the d/prog in a deliberate attempt to stoke violence. Instead of the anticipated reactionary violence by the populist right we have the loony leftists stalking SCOTUS, terrorism against crisis pregnancy centers, collusion between fed govt and big tech to silence dissent and now this; a young man murdered over the expression of political beliefs.

lord–you’re a grown man in a three thousand pound vehicle and you’re “threatened” by an unarmed teenager who happens to disagree with you politically?–and you’re drunk–and you just decide to run the kid down and kill him?

have a nice life in prison, fool

    It’s been reported that he’s been released on bail.

    Drunk has been an excuse since Ted Kennedy took Mary Jo Kopechne for a submarine ride in an Olds Delmont.

      Milhouse in reply to Dimsdale. | September 21, 2022 at 5:37 pm

      How so? Kennedy didn’t use drunk as an excuse. On the contrary he denied being drunk, even though everyone knew he was.

        Dimsdale in reply to Milhouse. | September 22, 2022 at 7:30 am

        He didn’t have to deal with the drunk issue, since he waited a day for his blood to clear of alcohol. He provided the roadmap for all future drunk drivers on how to act. Kennedys are more associated with poorly operating vehicles and killing people. And getting away with it.

        According to the History Channel:

        “Why didn’t Ted Kennedy go to prison?

        To charge Kennedy with involuntary manslaughter, the police would have had to establish that he did something illegal, like speeding or driving under the influence. But Kennedy didn’t contact local police until 10 a.m. on the morning of July 19, after Kopechne’s body had been found in his submerged car in Poucha Pond.

        Therefore, police were unable to test Kennedy’s blood alcohol level at the time of the accident, and they had no other evidence of illegal activity. In the end, Kennedy pled guilty to the charge of leaving the scene of the accident, and received a two-month jail sentence (which was suspended) and a temporary driving ban.”

        Now this guy is out on bail. I wonder if he will use a neck brace in court, like Teddy?

          venril in reply to Dimsdale. | September 22, 2022 at 4:39 pm

          Depraved indifference. He let her die. The Liar of the Senate.

          henrybowman in reply to Dimsdale. | September 24, 2022 at 2:07 am

          “Kennedys are more associated with poorly operating vehicles and killing people.”
          They occasionally have the good grace to be among the people they kill.
          And some of them apparently can’t even operate skis without a fatality.

        The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Milhouse. | September 22, 2022 at 8:30 pm

        Besides, the do-folders have labeled drunkenness a “disease”. He couldn’t help himself.

Do they have the death penalty in North Dakota?

I never want to hear another word about Palin and her target symbols.

Murderous leftwing domestic terrorism inspired by Brandon and his party of cypto-Commies.

Sure to be ignored and/or discounted and/or dismissed by Biden’s Gestapo and the Dem’s corporate media propaganda machine.

To bad Ellingson wasn’t armed with a Glock or AR-15 he could have unloaded into the driver side windshield. He might still be alive today.

A serious question for the legal minds here: does this qualify as terrorism under US law? It seems an outright politically-motivated murder intended to suppress political participation, which IIRC is sort of the requirement.

    BierceAmbrose in reply to daniel_ream. | September 21, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    It should be charged as “terrorism”, supplemented by a civil-rights suit. It was political violence, and suppression of speech. Prove it wasn’t. Prove you’re not in on it, counselor.

    Will either action win on the merits? In the venues available, like, say, a Jan 6 tourist-deplorable being arraigned in DC not a chance. The apparatchiks play lawfare and PR. Even if the cases get thrown out, that becomes the news cycle.

    And subpoena every charge, incident, investigation, and suit in any jurisdiction involved. Looking for a “pattern of corruption”, here. Just asking questions. Hey, if you haven’t done anything wrong, what’s your problem with having 87,000 new, armed IRS agents with quotas crawling through your whole life? Something to hide, tovarich?

    Milhouse in reply to daniel_ream. | September 21, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    I don’t see any evidence that it was intended to suppress political participation, or to have any political effect at all. This kid wasn’t supposed to be an example for others. It was just plain rage at his views, with no agenda at all. I don’t think that fits the definition.

    Depending on how the relevant state law is phrased, it could qualify as a hate crime, but in ND I doubt it.

    ConradCA in reply to daniel_ream. | September 22, 2022 at 2:11 am

    Murdering someone because of their political beliefs is terrorism.

The kid was mobbing the man’s car, threatening his life, preventing the man’s safe departure. If that’s the case, then there are precedents (e.g Antifa vs rabid diversitist a.k.a. “color supremacist”) for prosecution.

And he’s out on bond after killing someone. Meanwhile, January 6 defendants rot in a hellhole mainly charged with trespass. Bail for them? Speedy trials?Ha!

    JHogan in reply to Don. | September 21, 2022 at 5:03 pm

    And he wasn’t even charged with murder.

    Vehicular homicide is the charge.

    As if he wasn’t trying to kill the kid when he intentionally ran over him with his car. Just hurt him a little bit, I guess. Or something.

    Hey, according to Biden the kid was an Ultra-MAGA semi-fascist domestic terrorist in the making. So the killing was in defense of ‘our precious democracy’, or something.
    I suppose the driver will plead self-defense — defense of ‘democracy, or something. He is a noble warrior. Nothing like the J6 insurrectionists, whose actions were ‘worse than Pearl Harbor and 9/11’. Perhaps Biden’s Gestapo will weigh-in in his defense — the kid was on their domestic terrorism radar, or something.

    This is the kind of nation we now live in.

    Paddy M in reply to Don. | September 21, 2022 at 6:38 pm

    The supposed Republican AG of ND hasn’t said anything about the murder at all. He was busy tweeting out photos of the sunrise or some bullshit. He just can’t even be bothered to inquire why the local prosecutors released a confessed murderer on a 5k bond.

I’m hopeful that the DA will go to the grand jury and get a murder indictment and that the vehicular manslaughter charge is only a placeholder. Maybe hope is too much and I’m indulging in wishful thinking.

The fun part is all the troll kids on Twitter, Fox News comments, anywhere they can post claiming the driver who struck the teen is Republucan. Because he ‘looks’ Republican, to them.

This is in addition to a clear case of murder (which he confessed to) it is also terrorism.

Reformed Trombonist | September 22, 2022 at 8:00 am

And here I imagined North Dakota is a conservative state.

The DA should do the right thing and charge the man with murder. Arguably second degree murder, I guess, depending on how one proves intent, but still murder.

And the perp is out on bail!

He sh0uld not be a DA. He should be shoveling chicken manure,