Several cars parked outside of a Donald Trump rally in Bangor, Maine were vandalized with white paint spray on Saturday.
The investigation is underway but there are no announced leads:
In a statement released Saturday, a Bangor police spokesman said that officers were “seeking witnesses and reviewing video” in the criminal mischief case at the New York City billionaire’s us-against-them speech blasting “ a rigged system” at the Cross Insurance Center.
More than 20 cars parked between the Bangor Raceway and Buck Street were hit with lines of white paint. Attendees said the owners of some of the cars appeared to drive off without noticing the vandalism.
Many hard-working Americans, whose only ‘crime’ was going to see what Donald Trump had to say, were affected:
Paul Foster, a painter and Trump supporter from Eastbrook whose van was painted, said the rally “couldn’t have been more peaceful,” but he blamed the vandalism on Trump opponents, saying “there ain’t no thinking about it, I know so.”
“Why can’t they do a peaceful protest instead of painting cars, all of this, to make their statement?” he said.
It wasn’t just Trump supporters who were affected: A rental car driven by Tim Hanlon was painted. Hanlon, who is from California, was in town and he went to “see what this idiot had to say and should have known not to come around.”
Also vandalized was a Toyota Prius driven by Rye Powell of Bangor, a Republican student from the University of Maine who said he’s leaning toward supporting Democrat Hillary Clinton. Powell went to the rally because he often sees political candidates of all stripes speak.
He said it’s unfortunate that vandalism affected Trump supporters who are “very quick to be victimized.”
“I do hope that they can find out who did this or at least the person who did this can come to some kind of personal conclusion that this isn’t how you change minds,” he said, “because I think the only thing that this will have is a reaffirming effect.”
This happened on the same weekend a GOP office in North Carolina was firebombed.
Donald Trump blamed Clinton supporters for the attacks:
Animals representing Hillary Clinton and Dems in North Carolina just firebombed our office in Orange County because we are winning @NCGOP
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016