Resident blames Trump’s message for campaign sign fire
CAMBRIDGE — A Dorchester County resident recently reported his campaign signs were lit on fire at his home in the Neck District and blames the act on the message being delivered by Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Mike Brown, who is the member of the Talbot County Democratic Forum, said his neighbor saw several people get out of a pickup truck, pour diesel fuel on his Hillary Clinton and Chris Van Hollen signs and light the signs on fire on Saturday, Oct. 22. He said the same two signs were run over earlier the same week.
“Trump is the reason,” Brown said. “He does incite hate. He incites violence. We have read and heard so many people talking about this.
“The things I’ve seen him say and do incites this behavior,” he said. “That is the difference this time. We have not had a candidate like this in my lifetime and I’m 75 years old.
“We’ve had a lot of pretty serious disagreements, including with (President Barack) Obama,” he said. “But I don’t remember the candidates themselves that were running against him, either (John) McCain or (Mitt) Romney ever doing that. If fact, if anything, I think McCain one time disagreed with someone that was trying to claim all kinds of things about Obama.”
Brown said the actions posed a greater threat because the evening was windy, and could have led to a tragedy.
“It could start a brush fire or catch any of our houses on fire,” he said. “The wind can really blow the embers a great distance and cause a major issue for people.”
He said he reported the incident to the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office. He said he also spoke with other members of the Talbot County Democratic Forum who also have seen an increase in campaign sign vandalism.
The Talbot County Sheriff’s Office has received a few reports of campaign signs being vandalized, but not many, said Lt. John Bollinger. The vandalism isn’t targeted against supporters of any particular candidate, as both Clinton and Trump signs have been vandalized, he said.
The most recently reported incident happened around 4:20 p.m. Oct. 31 to a Trump supporter, Bollinger said.
He said someone drove a late model Toyota Corolla with gold and black trim into a Trappe resident’s yard on the 3000 block of Jamaica Point Road. The car drove over the resident’s Trump sign, doing damage both to the sign and their yard.
Anyone with information on the Jamaica Point Road incident is asked to call the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office at 410-822-1020.
Mike Brown, of Cambridge, reported his Hillary Clinton and Chris Van Hollen campaign signs were set on fire on Oct. 22.