Jersey man could face jail for ‘illegal’ Trump flag: I don’t care if I have to buy 1,000 or hire a Marine to keep guard

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Photo from MaryAnn Spoto | NJ Advance Media at nj.com
Photo from MaryAnn Spoto | NJ Advance Media at nj.com

You’ve got to admire Joseph Hornick’s spunk. The West Long Branch, New Jersey man is determined to keep his Donald Trump flags flying high regardless of the cost. And lately, that cost has been pretty steep.

In the past, vandals would either damage the flags or steal them outright. He called the police several times to no avail – that is until March 25 when two officers showed up, not to take a report on the thefts, but to give him a ticket!

Displaying campaign signs on one’s lawn more than 30 days before an election is against the law in this New Jersey borough, and that includes flags (or at least Donald Trump flags). Former Democratic councilman and Hornick neighbor Brian Hegarty made sure authorities knew of this grievous violation.

But Hornick, not to be swayed by silly laws or petty thieves, won’t go down without a fight. According to NJ Advance Media, Hornick was given the opportunity to avoid the ticket if he would just take down his flags, but he refuses. “I’m not a football fan. I’m not a sports fan. One thing I have become is a Donald Trump fan. I feel my constitutional right has been violated. I have the right to express myself.”

His court date is April 20, but Hornick doesn’t intend to let that deter him. “I don’t care if I have to buy 1,000 Trump flags. I will keep putting them up. I don’t care if I have to hire a Marine to keep guard, I will keep putting them up. I have back-up flags. If I have to buy a warehouse of Donald Trump flags, I will. Because I will not give up the battle.”

According to NBC New York, Hornick could face up to a $2,000 fine or jail time when he faces a judge in the case.

Fly ’em high, Joseph Hornick. Fly ’em high.

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