Former President Donald Trump blasted major news networks for ignoring the apparent political killing of an 18-year-old in North Dakota.
Cayler Ellingson was killed early Sunday morning in McHenry, North Dakota after Shannon Brandt, 41, allegedly admitted to using his SUV to hit Ellingson, who later died at a local hospital. According to affidavit, Brandt said Ellingson was “threatening” him and that he believed the teenager was part of a “Republican extremist group.”
“Just recently, a young 18-year-old man from North Dakota … was targeted and killed, run down in cold blood with an SUV by a radical left maniac,” Trump said at a rally in North Carolina Friday night.
“This guy ran him down and not one mainstream media network has even mentioned this horrible crime. Think of it now. Think of it the other way. Think of it the other way. Supposing a mad person ran down somebody on the other side, it would be the biggest story you’ve ever seen. It’s a disgrace.”
North Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind told Fox News Digital on Thursday that there was “no evidence” supporting the claim Ellingson was part of an extremist group.
“There is no evidence to support the claim Brandt made about Ellingson,” Niewind said.
Ellingson’s death has received sparse attention from major news networks, despite an increase in stories about rising political violence.
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