A former staffer to a prominent U.S. House Democrat has been sentenced to jail after a violent assault that left a Trump supporter with a broken ankle.
Daniel Zaroes Brito, former Legislative Assistant to U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) was sentenced to 12 days in the Pima County jail and must serve three years probation after savagely attacking Trump supporter Jonathan Sparks in an act of political violence.
Last November, Sparks was walking in downtown Tucson wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat when Brito jumped into his ankles from behind, breaking one of them in four places and giving Sparks a concussion.
“I felt a very strong grasp on my hat. It pulled me back and grabbed a lot of hair,” Sparks tells KVOA. The assailant jumped onto my ankle from behind and so not knowing my ankle was broken into four pieces, I turned around to grab and take the hat back. My hands latched onto the hat.”
“And oh was it painful. My ankle was just hanging there,” said Sparks.
Brito then began to pummel Sparks while shrieking liberal catchphrases.
“Then I heard the words Hitler, Nazi and Trump. He was shouting things like that,” Sparks said. “He came over the top of me and over and over again, he hit me.”
Bystanders saved Sparks from the liberal assault and restrained Brito until police could arrive.
“I was attacked with vengeance by an evil man but you know what I learned, you know what God taught me through the whole thing? How wonderful Tucson is,” said Sparks. “There were people who pulled him off, paramedics who stayed with me there is a police officer that protected me.”
Sparks spent 20 hours in a local hospital being treated for his badly-broken ankle. Brito was initially charged with robbery for attempting to steal the hat while police and a grand jury considered additional criminal charges.
At the time of the animalistic attack, Brito was listed as a staffer for Grijalva. Brito used his employment with Grijalva as an excuse to skip multiple court dates. A Facebook profile for a Daniel Brito in Tucson features a profile image of a black-clad character brandishing a sword.
Citing an explosion of violence coming increasingly-unstable Democrats, the Arizona Republican Party called upon Grijalva to tone down his notoriously strident rhetoric.
“The attack on Jonathan Sparks, a Tucson resident who was exercising his free speech rights, is part of a pattern developing on the Left where people are carrying out random acts of violence against innocent individuals simply because of their political beliefs,” said Republican Party of Arizona Chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward. “I fear that unless he tones down his divisive rhetoric, Rep. Grijalva’s unhinged hatred for President Trump could embolden similar future acts of violence against some of his constituents who support the president.”