RNC Speaker Arrested For Shooting Woman

A West Virginia nurse who spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention is accused of shooting a woman in the stomach.

Amy Ford, 39, who was identified in a court filing as "Amy Thorn," was charged with malicious or unlawful assault, WSAZ-TV reports.

The victim, who was reportedly shot in the abdomen, was identified as Jonda Whitt, WSAZ-TV reports. Mingo County Police chief Grady Dotson told WCHS-TV Ford claimed she acted in self-defense.

Whitt sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is being treated at a local hospital. Ford reportedly posted bond and was released from jail, according to WCHS-TV.

The West Virginia nurse first gained national attention for volunteering to treat COVID-19 patients at a New York City hospital in the early months of the pandemic.

Ford spoke at the 2020 RNC in August, where she credited President Donald Trump's administration's response to COVID-19 in the United States.

“President Trump recognized the threat this virus presented for all Americans early on, and made rapid policy changes,” Ford said. “As a health-care professional I can tell you without hesitation: Donald Trump’s quick action and leadership saved thousands of lives during COVID-19, and the benefits of that response extend far beyond coronavirus.”

Ford's praise came weeks before the Washington Post reported an audiotape of interviews between Trump and journalist Bob Woodward feature the president claiming he wanted to play down the severity of the virus.

“I wanted to always play it down,” Trump told Woodward on the audiotapes. “I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic.”

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