The victim of a fatal car crash in southern Minnesota has been identified as a well-known fan of President Donald Trump.
Randal Thom, 60, of Lakefield, was killed at the scene when a pickup and van collided southbound on Hwy. 169 in Lake Prairie Township Monday, with the State Patrol saying he died at the scene and was not wearing a seat belt.
Thom has attracted both local and national headlines for his devoted support of President Donald Trump.
He featured in BMTN in February last year when his dog – named Donald Trump – was found dead by Thom in a field near his home while he was out protesting Amy Klobuchar's announcement for her presidential run.
He blamed his neighbor – a "hateful Democrat" – for the dog's death, though police subsequently said the person who shot the dog was "legally protecting their livestock on their private property."
A month earlier, Thom had been arrested while protesting an event attended by Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Storm Lake, Iowa.
He was a familiar face at the president's rallies, attending several dozen over the years as he traveled across the country to show his support. He was known to be among the leaders of the "Front Row Joes," a group that has followed the president's rallies since his 2016 campaign.
He was pictured at the president's rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this past June, which was criticized by public health officials for being held inside during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On his Facebook page, he had uploaded numerous photos this summer showing him at events for the president, including some in Minnesota attended by, among others, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.