Critics charge that the killing of 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson by a man who claimed the victim was a member of a Republican extremist group is being overlooked by the mainstream media.
41-year-old Shannon Joseph Brandt was arrested for the incident, which occurred in McHenry, North Dakota. But he was then freed on a $50,000 bond.
According to an affidavit, Brandt admitted to running down Ellingson with his vehicle after midnight on Sept. 18. Reports say the two were at a street dance put on by a local bar when Brandt said a political argument began. He also alleged Ellingson was part of a “Republican extremist group.”
Investigating officials, however, said that neither of those claims are factual.
Before he was run down by Brandt’s SUV, the teenager called his mother and said that “he” or “they” were chasing him. Ellingson was taken to a local hospital with severe injuries after being hit, and he later died.
President Trump remembers Cayler Ellingson:
"18-years old, was targeted and killed, run down in cold blood with an SUV by a radical Left maniac. Simply because he was proud of being a Republican… It's a disgrace, the [MSM] should be ashamed of themselves." pic.twitter.com/kZyWoRwDk8
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) September 24, 2022
Several people close to Ellingson strongly deny that he was an “extremist,” as Brandt claimed, but instead was an “all-around great kid.” The community is said to be shaken by the death of an “exceptional child.”
Brandt was jailed on charges of criminal vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. He was released last week after posting a $50,000 bond.
The suspect told the judge that he was not a flight risk and protested the bail amount.
Neighbors paint a picture of a troubled individual. One said that Brandt “should have been in a mental institute” and has been “nuts his entire life.” When the suspect is drunk, neighbors allege, he goes on “rampages.”
Four of the neighbors interviewed said they did not believe reports that it was a “political” incident.
With all the talk of “political violence” and “domestic terrorism” in recent months, it stands to reason that this case would get far more ink and airplay than it has. By his own confession, Brandt reportedly admitted that he was motivated by politics. Only, this one does not fit the narrative.