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There probably aren’t very many Donald Trump signs in Andover, Massachusetts, or anywhere else in the very liberal state, but the brave souls who do display them had best watch them closely.
Andover Police have charged Susan Bryant with one count of assault by means of a dangerous weapon and four counts of defacing property after the woman allegedly vandalized a homeowner’s Donald Trump campaign sign and almost ran over him when confronted.
Conservative author Ann Coulter made this observation:
Hillary’s “Hispanics”: White woman Susan Bryant, pretending to be Hispanic, vandalizes Hispanic vet’s Trump sign. https://t.co/oiGwn6tZTv
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 7, 2016
If anything, Bryant was creative. She allegedly painted “Gold Star Fail!” on one side, referring to Trump’s criticism of Khizr Khan, and “Putin’s (expletive)” on the other.
The homeowner, retired veteran Art Gonsalves, told CBS Boston that this isn’t the first time he’s had his signs vandalized, until he finally decided to put a camera up.
“We have her on film defacing my signs,” Gonsalves said. When he saw her on camera and came out to try to reason with her, the vandal sped off so fast the homeowner was forced to avoid getting hit by jumping behind a kid’s riding toy.
Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe said, “During this Presidential election season, opinions as to who the next President should be may differ. The ability to express those opinions openly and freely is the cornerstone of democracy in our country. Our concern is when people take it upon themselves to wrongly extend their ability of expression into vandalism and assault. The victim in this case was only protecting his freedom of speech and expression. We ask for the community’s help in allowing all to express their opinions in safe, legal ways.”
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