On Monday night, Johnny MacKay surveyed the parking lot of the Garage Bar and Grille in Vancouver, Wash.
He had had a few drinks and planned to take an Uber home, he told KOIN News, and he figured a spot directly under a street lamp would be the best place to leave his truck parked overnight.
Photos of the Nissan Titan pickup were mostly nondescript, save for two small stickers on the back bumper: One read “TRUMP 2020” and the other read “TRUMP: KEEP AMERICA GREAT! 2020”
Now MacKay thinks those stickers made him a target.
During the night, Randy Sanchagrin, who lives in a house adjacent to the bar, heard — and felt — an explosion, according to KOIN News. He ran outside and began filming, capturing MacKay’s truck as it was consumed by bright orange flames.
“By the time I ran back to the street, it was so bad there was no getting close to it,” Sanchagrin told the news station.
MacKay, who went back to the bar the next morning to pick up his car, instead found a burned-out shell — with “Trump” spray-painted in white letters across the driver’s side.
“All of a sudden I saw the tires were melted, the windows were shattered, and I was just in shock,” MacKay told KOIN News, adding that he had just affixed the Trump stickers to his bumper that weekend.
“If I would’ve known somebody would’ve taken politics this far — I saw [the stickers], I thought they were funny and apparently somebody didn’t get the joke,” MacKay said.
The Vancouver Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for additional information Wednesday morning.
The general manager of the Garage Bar and Grille, who did not want her name used, told The Washington Post that cameras are all around the exterior of the restaurant, and that all surveillance footage has been given to authorities.
The incident took place about 2 or 3 a.m. Tuesday, she said, when the bar was empty. By the time she was notified and arrived at the restaurant, it was about 4 a.m. There was minimal damage to the parking lot, she added.
That something like this would happen in the neighborhood “is entirely unusual," the manager said. “We’re just glad nobody was hurt.”
The experience hasn’t shaken MacKay’s support for Trump.
MacKay appeared on Fox & Friends Thursday morning to talk about the experience.
When asked if he plans to vote for Trump in the “next election," MacKay told Fox News that “right now” he’s voting for Trump in “this election.”
MacKay might have to wait until 2020. President Trump will not appear on the ballot this November because he is not up for re-election.