Driveway defaced with anti-Trump message
Chester County Republican Party chairman calls actions ‘cowardly and inexcusable’
A driveway to the Kennett area home of a Chester County Republican committee member was reportedly defaced Sunday.
Vandals used spray paint to write the words “F— Trump Racists.”
“The behavior displayed here is cowardly and inexcusable,” said Val DiGiorgio, chairman of the Chester County Republican Party, in a post on social media. “Rather than debate ideas and principles, the other side has chosen to smear our candidates and attempted to intimidate our voters.”
DiGiorgio said this is the latest “terror” tactic leading up to the elections.
“Unfortunately, this is nothing new from them this election cycle,” he said. “They have waged nasty personal attacks against candidates such as, Eric Roe, Tom Killion, and Jack London, to name a few. Every day Republican headquarters receives countless phone calls and dozens of voters stop in to replace lawn signs that are brazenly stolen from homes and businesses. As a party, we condemn this type of behavior and certainly don’t tolerate it among ourselves.”
Brian McGinnis, chairman of the Chester County Democratic Party, said his party does not condone or encourage vandalism of any kind from committee members, staff or volunteers.
“We realize that in the heat of this contentious campaign that the public in general are passionate about the race and unfortunately may demonstrate this in an unacceptable way,” McGinnis said. “The acts have clearly occurred against Democrat residents as well, as our office has received dozens of complaints daily of signs taken and vandalism simi-
lar to that mentioned today.
“We understand that several Democrats have already come forward and offered to clean up the vandalism, and that is the good neighbor spirit we encourage and expect in Chester County. The CCDC requests that supporters of both presidential candidates respect the rights of all citizens to ensure that our elections here are free of intimidation and that we all remain calm and kind to those demonstrating their First Amendment rights both before and on Election Day.”
The acts of vandalism and thefts are making the GOP stronger, DiGiorgio said.
“Despite the other side’s attempts to silence us, I believe sign stealing and acts such as below serve only to strengthen our resolve. It is never acceptable to resort to vandalism and intimidation. We will defeat these fear-mongering tactics on Nov. 8th because the Republican Party is running on principles and ideas.”
Vandals used white spray paint to write this message on a Kennett area driveway.