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John Cougar Mellencamp’s always been outspoken politically, and, though he’s cagey about assigning himself to a particular party, his career has seen him taking shots at Ronald Reagan and John McCain and playing rallies for Barack Obama.

What it was, then, that drove a 48-year old Indiana man named Robert P. Carter to attempt a citizen’s arrest on Mellencamp “for supporting a government” that Carter doesn’t remains in question. Nevertheless, Carter’s resolve was strong, as he allegedly drove his car through the security gate of the rocker’s Bloomington residence on Thursday morning.

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Was it this New York Post column that (falsely) labeled Mellencamp a Trump supporter? Or was it this 2016 Rolling Stone interview, in which Mellencamp calls himself a socialist? “You probably don’t wanna have this conversation with me, but here’s the deal,” Mellencamp said. “I don’t trust the government. I don’t trust the Democrats. I don’t trust the Republicans. I’m a little bit more Democratic than I am Republican, but really I’m a socialist. And that’s where it’s at.” (Considering Trump and his sycophants have taken to calling everyone they disagree with a “socialist” it’s probably the latter.)

Nevertheless, Yahoo reports that Carter admitted to kicking down Mellencamp’s door after crashing through the gate. Police found him inside a building on the property, after which they promptly arrested him. He was charged with burglary, residential entry and criminal trespass, and was reportedly released earlier this week on a separate charge of carrying a handgun without a license.

Mellencamp, nor his wife, actress Meg Ryan, were home at the time of the break-in.

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