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Trans woman's truck burned and tagged 'Trump'

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tennessean.com

Police are investigating a possible hate crime against a transgender woman in Tennessee.

The woman, because of the nature of the crime, only identified herself as” Elle.”

She says she was in her home on Nov. 5 with her three-year-old son when a noise outside at about 3:30 caused her alarm. 

Elle went to investigate and found the door to her large Ford pickup truck ajar. Thinking she must have left it open, she closed it and returned to her home.

Thirty minutes later she reports that she heard the horn go off and when she looked out the window she saw the F-150 engulfed in flames.

"Most of (the paint) got burned off, but one of the police officers pointed out that it said 'Trump' on the hood and the back," she told The Tennessean. "It just breaks my heart every time I walk past the driveway."

The mother is an Army veteran, who served for eight years before retiring because of a brain injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after her tour in Iraq ended twelve years ago. 

Elle says she hasn’t experienced any discrimination in her hometown of Cookeville before but she is hesitant to travel outside its borders for fear of transphobia and hate crimes.

"I’ve been in altercations out of town because I’m transgendered," Elle said. "The last altercation was there (in Crossville) when a man took a swing at me in a bathroom."

The Tennessean notes that Elle doesn’t have any political signage displayed in her yard or home, although she has been unsupportive of Donald Trump on social media.

"I’m just trying to live my life," she said. "I wouldn’t hurt anyone."