The first time a Trump campaign sign disappeared from her yard, Judy Beaty figured it must have blown away in the wind. But then two more signs went missing overnight. And when Beaty went outside to investigate the next morning, she saw that someone had vandalized her Northern Virginia home.
Messages were scrawled in black spray paint on two sides of her Gainesville house: “Can you see the new world through the tear gas,” said one. “Revolution,” said the other.
Beaty, 69, discovered the graffiti on Wednesday morning and reported it to Prince William County police. Since then, she has had trouble sleeping. “I don’t feel safe here anymore. I feel like I’ve been violated,” she said.
Beaty said she believes whoever is responsible was politically motivated.
“It’s so hateful right now. People have really gone crazy over this,” she said of the tenor of the 2016 presidential race. “I have a vote, everybody has a vote. It’s not fair for anybody to try to terrorize me.”
A Prince William County police spokesman confirmed that the vandalism was reported to the department, but he had no details to share about the investigation.
Beaty said she supports real estate mogul and GOP frontrunner Donald Trump because she believes his experience in business will help the national economy, and she believes he will keep the country safe.
She said she now counts a total of 10 Trump signs in her yard. “I’m not going to be beaten down,” she said. “I’m a Trump supporter and I don’t care who knows it.”
Virginia Women for Trump is organizing a Sunday morning rally at Beaty’s house.
“God will forgive you if you miss church,” the organization’s Alice Butler-Short wrote in a message to other Trump supporters. “It is more important that we reach out in support of this dear lady.”
Elizabeth Schultz, a school board member in neighboring Fairfax County who is running to be a delegate to the Republican presidential convention, tweeted about the incident on Saturday. “I don’t care what you think about somebody that justifies you defacing their home in the middle of the night,” she said in an interview. “It’s seriously perverted.”