Michael Tate Reed, a thirty-two-year-old from Oklahoma, rammed his truck into a Ten Commandments monument that had just been erected outside the Arkansas State Capitol hours earlier. And it’s the not the first time he’s done this; he destroyed a Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma Capitol building in 2014.
Reed’s obviously planned out the attack. Early Wednesday, he started a GoFundMe page for a new vehicle. He wrote on his page, “I need a new car now #CHECKMATE,” and he was looking to raise $20,000, reports NY Daily News.
Reed also live-streamed himself driving into the monument, shouting “Freedom!” before he pushed the gas pedal on his truck and toppled the monument. Unfortunately for Reed, a cop witnessed him drive his truck into the monument, and he immediately arrested him.
A few hours later, former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee tweeted, “Some idiot in my home state broke all 10 commandments at the same time. He wasn’t Moses and it wasn’t Mt. Sinai.”
However, Reed isn’t an atheist. He actually claims to be a Christian. He said in a video posted around the time of the vandalism, “This is Michael Reed, and I’m a firm believer that salvation is that we not only have faith in Jesus Christ but that we obey the commands of God…”
But he added, “I do not support is the violation of our Constitutional right to have the freedom that’s guarantees us separation of church and state because no one religion should the government represent. So … back at it again…”
Driving into the Arkansas monument isn’t the most erratic thing Reed has done. After his attack on the Oklahoma monument, he told the Secret Service officials who arrested him that “Satan told him to do it,” reports KOCO-TV. He also reportedly said he would kill Obama, and he admitted to urinating on the Ten Commandments monument before running it over.
On Facebook, he also threatened to kill former Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Obama, as well as President Trump.
The monument, which was reportedly entirely destroyed, cost $26,000 and was completely funded by donations. No word on whether the state will try to replace the monument.