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A Trump yard sign in New Hampshire

The UNH Survey Center’s most recent Granite State Poll reports that 60% of Trump supporters in New Hampshire do not want to put a bumper sticker on their car or a sign in their front yard because they’re afraid of vandalism. I wish I’d seen this stat a couple of days ago when I was writing this piece for National Review:

You have been identified by our group as being a Trump supporter.” Thus begins the text of threatening letters recently sent to homeowners with Trump yard signs in New Hampshire. The letters continue, “We recommend that you check your home insurance policy and make [sure] that it is current and that it has adequate coverage for fire damage. You have been given ‘Fair Warning.’”

The menacing notes are just the latest example of the threats, theft, and electoral shenanigans surrounding the final days of campaign season in New Hampshire, whose elite primary status typically makes it a hub of bare-knuckle politics early in the season — but not as much in the fall, despite its battleground stripes.

Please check it out and then let us know in the comments here if you’ve had similar experiences or concerns.

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  1. Retail Lawyer Member

    The UNH Survey Center’s most recent Granite State Poll reports that 60% of Trump supporters in New Hampshire do not want to put a bumper sticker on their car or a sign in their front yard because they’re afraid of vandalism.

    I think the number is 99% in the Bay Area. I’m worried that having no sign whatsoever will lead to harassment. “No Sign = Violence”

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    • October 24, 2020, at 10:07 AM PDT
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  2. Kozak Member
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    So I recently put up a Trump sign in my front yard.

    And I’ve added a surprise for anyone who tries to “liberate” it.

    I’ve wired a “flash bang” to it with a trip wire which will go off after they go about 3 feet…

    Not going to hurt anyone, but may cause them to need a change of underwear.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 10:27 AM PDT
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  3. Gary Robbins Reagan

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    • October 24, 2020, at 10:39 AM PDT
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  4. Blondie Thatcher

    My husband doesn’t like having signs in the yard for this reason and I won’t put one on my truck, either. I do still have my Women for Trump sign up in the garage that can be seen when the door is open. We have had vandalism and theft of signs in the Triangle area. This Cary family found out how tolerant the other side can be. There have also been American flags taken right from front porches. Most of the culprits have been teenagers, like the ones in your story, @max. As we say around here, “they got no raisin’ “.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 10:41 AM PDT
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  5. Kozak Member
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    FYI @garyrobbins When you post a picture, at the bottom right will be a box that allows you to select “thumbnail” or several larger sizes up to “full size”. Makes the pictures legible.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 10:43 AM PDT
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  6. Gary Robbins Reagan

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    • October 24, 2020, at 10:49 AM PDT
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  7. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    FYI @garyrobbins When you post a picture, at the bottom right will be a box that allows you to select “thumbnail” or several larger sizes up to “full size”. Makes the pictures legible.

    Thank you. I had forgotten where the button was.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 10:49 AM PDT
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  8. Kozak Member
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    Blondie (View Comment):

    My husband doesn’t like having signs in the yard for this reason and I won’t put one on my truck, either. I do still have my Women for Trump sign up in the garage that can be seen when the door is open. We have had vandalism and theft of signs in the Triangle area. This Cary family found out how tolerant the other side can be. There have also been American flags taken right from front porches. Most of the culprits have been teenagers, like the ones in your story, @max. As we say around here, “they got no raisin’ “.

    My car was keyed in Chicago visiting my family when GW was president.

    I wonder why?

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    • October 24, 2020, at 10:51 AM PDT
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  9. namlliT noD Member
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    Retail Lawyer (View Comment):

    The UNH Survey Center’s most recent Granite State Poll reports that 60% of Trump supporters in New Hampshire do not want to put a bumper sticker on their car or a sign in their front yard because they’re afraid of vandalism.

    I think the number is 99% in the Bay Area.

    Damn straight.

    Here are some practical alternatives:

    • Place Trump bumper stickers on other peoples’ cars. (Over the Biden bumper sticker.)
    • Put out an American flag instead of a Trump yard sign.
    • Mousetraps mounted on the rear of the Trump sign.

     

     

     

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    • October 24, 2020, at 10:53 AM PDT
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  10. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Hey, Gary, these are your people threatening violence. You must be so proud.

     

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    • October 24, 2020, at 10:57 AM PDT
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  11. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Not when Democrats are DAs.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 10:58 AM PDT
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  12. Giulietta Coolidge

    My parents live in Indianapolis and they say they haven’t noticed a lot of Trump-Pence yard signs (barely any for Biden) but they do notice a lot of American flags in yards and attached to cars, on bumper stickers. My mother’s theory is the flag is the new symbol of the resistance. 

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    • October 24, 2020, at 11:11 AM PDT
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  13. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Blondie (View Comment):

    My husband doesn’t like having signs in the yard for this reason and I won’t put one on my truck, either. I do still have my Women for Trump sign up in the garage that can be seen when the door is open. We have had vandalism and theft of signs in the Triangle area. This Cary family found out how tolerant the other side can be. There have also been American flags taken right from front porches. Most of the culprits have been teenagers, like the ones in your story, @max. As we say around here, “they got no raisin’ “.

    My car was keyed in Chicago visiting my family when GW was president.

    I wonder why?

    I’m guessing it was that “G” off to the side there.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 11:32 AM PDT
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  14. Kozak Member
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    Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw (View Comment):

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Blondie (View Comment):

    My husband doesn’t like having signs in the yard for this reason and I won’t put one on my truck, either. I do still have my Women for Trump sign up in the garage that can be seen when the door is open. We have had vandalism and theft of signs in the Triangle area. This Cary family found out how tolerant the other side can be. There have also been American flags taken right from front porches. Most of the culprits have been teenagers, like the ones in your story, @max. As we say around here, “they got no raisin’ “.

    My car was keyed in Chicago visiting my family when GW was president.

    I wonder why?

    I’m guessing it was that “G” off to the side there.

    LOL. That didn’t help for sure.

     

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    • October 24, 2020, at 11:37 AM PDT
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  15. Kephalithos Member

    There are Trump supporters in my neighborhood, but no Trump signs. A house in the next neighborhood over did proudly display a few, but somebody stole them, so the tenant bought a new one, affixed it to the wall (above the doorbell), printed out another sign reading something like, “Come and take this one!” and then put more Trump signs in every second-story window.

    Still, my favorite has to be the barbed-wire-wrapped Trump sign I saw in Delaware County, Ohio.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 11:38 AM PDT
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  16. Western Chauvinist Member
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    Giulietta (View Comment):

    My parents live in Indianapolis and they say they haven’t noticed a lot of Trump-Pence yard signs (barely any for Biden) but they do notice a lot of American flags in yards and attached to cars, on bumper stickers. My mother’s theory is the flag is the new symbol of the resistance.

    Yes, exactly! When Mr. C and I see an American flag proudly flying outside someone’s home, we say to each other — “there’s a Trump voter.” 

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    • October 24, 2020, at 11:42 AM PDT
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  17. Western Chauvinist Member
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    There must be consequences for these people threatening arson. I hope the police are investigating. Or maybe the FBI can do something useful for a change and track down these domestic terrorists. 

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    • October 24, 2020, at 11:43 AM PDT
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  18. Kozak Member
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    Kephalithos (View Comment):

    There are Trump supporters in my neighborhood, but no Trump signs. A house in the next neighborhood over did proudly display a few, but somebody stole them, so the tenant bought a new one, affixed it to the wall (above the doorbell), printed out another sign reading something like, “Come and take this one!” and then put more Trump signs in every second-story window.

    Still, my favorite has to be the barbed-wire-wrapped Trump sign I saw in Delaware County, Ohio.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 11:50 AM PDT
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  19. Kephalithos Member

    Western Chauvinist (View Comment): Yes, exactly! When Mr. C and I see an American flag proudly flying outside someone’s home, we say to each other — “there’s a Trump voter.”

    This may be true in heavily Democratic areas, but it’s not the case around here. I see a lot of Biden/flag pairings.

    I also ran across this, earlier this month:

    This is the most opulent house in a small, isolated rural-Ohio town. Some uber-wealthy suburbanite who works for a hyper-woke corporation bought it a few years ago, restored it, and then proceeded to desecrate it with propaganda. All the surrounding yards are filled with Trump signs. A perfect tableau of American society in 2020: It illustrates the degree to which the Democratic Party has become the party of the American elite.

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  20. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Hey, Gary, these are your people threatening violence. You must be so proud.

    In Flagstaff, the signs being taken down are Biden ones. This is wrong, no matter who does it. When I ran for office in 2012, my opponent’s friends would mess with my signs.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 2:16 PM PDT
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  21. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Hey, Gary, these are your people threatening violence. You must be so proud.

    In Flagstaff, the signs being taken down are Biden ones. This is wrong, no matter who does it. When I ran for office in 2012, my opponent’s friends would mess with my signs.

    You are voting for Biden. He is the party of vandalism, riots, and looting. 

    Your people Gary. Your condemnation is hollow, because you proudly support this corrupt man. 

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    • October 24, 2020, at 2:49 PM PDT
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  22. Buckpasser Member
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    Giulietta (View Comment):
    My mother’s theory is the flag is the new symbol of the resistance. 

    I like this. Somewhat related; I don’t like American Flag masks. In my America of my youth we would have had the same reaction to masks as that of Gen. McAuliffe at Bastogne: “Nuts!”. Sorry if I offended anyone.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 4:16 PM PDT
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  23. Brian Watt Member
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    I haven’t decided whether to take my Trump flag down on Halloween night or train a camera on it while I sit in a chair nearby with a canister or two of pepper gel. About half of the homes in my neighborhood are displaying American flags, and about 3 per block are displaying Trump signs or banners…but on Halloween, one has to assume that some anti-Trump teenagers or adults may get a bit carried away and decide to rip down signs and banners. So, precautions may be necessary.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 4:29 PM PDT
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  24. lowtech redneck Coolidge

    Kozak (View Comment):

    Kephalithos (View Comment):

    There are Trump supporters in my neighborhood, but no Trump signs. A house in the next neighborhood over did proudly display a few, but somebody stole them, so the tenant bought a new one, affixed it to the wall (above the doorbell), printed out another sign reading something like, “Come and take this one!” and then put more Trump signs in every second-story window.

    Still, my favorite has to be the barbed-wire-wrapped Trump sign I saw in Delaware County, Ohio.

    I think you can find a video somewhere of someone attempting to pee on an electrified Trump sign…..it didn’t end well.

    There’s also a (long) video showing a couple of idiots in Arizona caught stealing multiple Trump signs while having a loaded rifle in the back of the car (possibly belonging to a parent)……they may regret that choice for a long, long time.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 4:51 PM PDT
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  25. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens, Trump Aveng… (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Hey, Gary, these are your people threatening violence. You must be so proud.

    In Flagstaff, the signs being taken down are Biden ones. This is wrong, no matter who does it. When I ran for office in 2012, my opponent’s friends would mess with my signs.

    You are voting for Biden. He is the party of vandalism, riots, and looting.

    Your people Gary. Your condemnation is hollow, because you proudly support this corrupt man.

    Bless your heart Bryan.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 4:58 PM PDT
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  26. iWe Reagan
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    I won’t put a Trump sign up. It yields the initiative.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 5:15 PM PDT
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  27. Sisyphus Coolidge
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    Buckpasser (View Comment):

    Giulietta (View Comment):
    My mother’s theory is the flag is the new symbol of the resistance.

    I like this. Somewhat related; I don’t like American Flag masks. In my America of my youth we would have had the same reaction to masks as that of Gen. McAuliffe at Bastogne: “Nuts!”. Sorry if I offended anyone.

    I do not wear American flag design clothes, unless it is a patch as part of a uniform, nor display designs based on the flag, like the thin blue line flag. They are simply disrespectful to the flag. The stars and stripes mean something and represent the nation. I love my police, I object to the design, not the sentiment and loyalty being expressed.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 5:51 PM PDT
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  28. Sisyphus Coolidge
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    iWe (View Comment):

    I won’t put a Trump sign up. It yields the initiative.

    I don’t suppose I could interest you in an alternative:

    Cthulu 2020

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    • October 24, 2020, at 5:54 PM PDT
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  29. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    This isn’t new to the Trump era. Sign stealing and defacing is an old Democratic tradition.

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    • October 25, 2020, at 5:50 AM PDT
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  30. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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