'There's Fear in My Mind': Veteran Claims Vandal Burned 'Trump 2020' Flag, Left It on Porch
A veteran in Burlington, Vermont, said that a vandal removed his "Trump 2020" flag from its flagpole, burned it and left it on his front porch.
Gus Klein told local news outlet WCAX that when he awoke Sunday morning, he noticed that his flagpole was on the ground.
Klein, who served two deployments in Afghanistan, said he isn't sure if the flag was burned while laying on his porch, but that the alleged vandalism was "not right."
"There is fear in my mind," he said. "We should be able to sleep at night in our own property, so there is fear."
WCAX reported that the incident was being investigated by police, who said lawn signs from both Democrats and Republicans have been knocked down in the past.
Klein said that the incident won't stop him from campaigning for President Trump.
His wife, Annmarie, told NECN that the incident was "violent," "scary" and a form of bullying.
"We all get along," she said of her neighbors. "You agree to disagree."
In a written statement to NECN, Vermont Democratic Party spokesman Christopher Di Mezzo condemned the act.
"Difference of thought is what makes us average Americans. But it’s the level of respect with which we treat that difference that makes us Vermonters, that makes us unique," he said.