If more evidence was needed to prove that the 2016 presidential campaign is shaping up to be one of the most bitterly divisive in history, a scene on the shoulder of a North Carolina highway attests to the depth of feeling held by the voters on both sides.

Kenneth Shupe drove his tow truck 60 miles to Asheville, North Carolina to respond to a call from a stranded driver only to refuse the business after he arrived on the scene and got a look at the vehicle.

The car was decorated with “a bunch of Bernie Sanders stuff,” and that told him everything he needed to know about the driver.

Shupe says, “ I very politely told her I couldn’t tow her because she was obviously a socialist,” and left the car on the side of the highway.

Shupe runs Shupee Max Towing out of Traveler’s Rest, South Carolina – a town of less than 5,000 often abbreviated as “T.R.” – and could have used the business, but he said he was fairly certain he wouldn’t get paid.

“Every business dealing in recent history with a socialist-minded person I have not gotten paid … every time I deal with these people I get ‘Berned’ with an e not a u,” Shupe said, making a pun on the name of Democrat presidential candidate and avowed socialist Bernie Sanders.

Shupe, who says he is a conservative Christian and supporter of Donald Trump, came in for heavy criticism – and bad publicity for his tow company – when the stranded motorist’s mother put the incident on social media along with a picture.

Cassandra McWade reportedly collects disability payments for a wide variety of ailments according to her mother’s posts, which paint Shupe as a villain who shirked his Christian duty to help a disabled woman on the side of the road.

Citing his experience with “socialist-minded” people, Shupe stood by his decision.

He said he advised her to “call the government” for a tow instead.



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