A Florida anesthesiologist known for her staunch support for former President Donald Trump has been charged with a hate crime against a Latino who was assaulted outside a supermarket, according to media citing police reports.
The incident took place on January 20, the day of President Joe Biden’s inauguration, in Hialeah, a working-class town in Miami-Dade County with a large Cuban-American population. The man was in a Publix supermarket when he asked a woman online to maintain social distancing in Spanish, the Miami Herald reported, citing a police report.
When the woman, Jennifer Susan Wright, 58, an anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, ignored him, the man asked again in English, according to the report.
Wright followed the man to his car, and after asking him to back up she got angry, calling the victim a “spic” and saying “we should have gotten rid of you when we could”, according to The Herald.
She also said, “This will not be Biden’s America, this is my America” and “we should have burned everything,” the newspaper said.
Wright then took out his keys, scratched the victim’s car, saying he had to return to his country; the victim attempted to call 911 but Wright punched her, causing her phone to fall to the ground. When he tried to pick it up, she kicked him and stomped on his phone, police said.
Wright was arrested on Friday outside her home in Miami Springs, where she was known as a big supporter of Trump. Before Halloween, the Herald said, she placed a menacing-looking mannequin that looked like Biden with an “Exposing the Biden Crime Family” sign.
Wright has been charged with tampering with a victim, criminal mischief and bodily harm. She posted a $ 1,000 bond on Friday and had a hearing scheduled for Monday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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