Res­i­dent blames Trump’s mes­sage for cam­paign sign fire

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorchester Ed­i­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ StarDem.

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Mike Brown, of Cam­bridge, re­ported his Hil­lary Clin­ton and Chris Van Hollen cam­paign signs were set on fire on Oct. 22.

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