Tara Johnson, a Republican volunteer, was targeted in a "senseless and shameful assault outside the Limestone County GOP Trump Headquarters over the weekend," according to the Alabama Republican Party (ALGOP).

The ALGOP condemned in a statement on Monday "in the strongest terms" the "apparent politically motivated attack, which has left fellow members of the Limestone County GOP shaken."

ALGOP said in a statement they stand firmly with Johnson "during this difficult time, and we ask for prayers for her swift recovery."

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon as Johnson was leaving the headquarters at 1117 U.S. Highway 72 East in Athens. Johnson is a lead ALGOP volunteer with physical mobility challenges due to health issues. The unidentified actor grabbed Johnson by the hair and repeatedly punched her in the face and slammed her head against the door of her truck, according to an ALGOP statement. 

"The attack on Tara Johnson is a disgraceful act of violence that has no place in our society. Having served alongside Tara on the Limestone County Executive Committee for many years, this is very personal to me," ALGOP chairman John Wahl said. "Tara is not just a volunteer; she is a kind and generous person who is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. We are heartbroken and outraged by this senseless act of violence against her."

He continued, "The Athens Police Department is currently investigating the assault, and we urge anyone with information to come forward and assist in bringing the perpetrators to justice. Violence has no place in our political discourse, and those responsible should be held accountable for their actions."

"In times of political adversity, it is important that we come together and reaffirm our commitment to civility, respect, and peaceful political engagement. I call on the Democratic Party and mainstream media to cease their inflammatory rhetoric, which incites individuals against Donald Trump and his supporters. The relentless demonization and vilification of political opponents only serves to sow division and discord within our society. We can and should do better," Wahl added.

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