A Montana man has been charged with criminal mischief after tearing down Trump campaign flags from outside of a home and setting them on fire on the lawn, while the family and their four children slept inside.
Eric Herrera was caught on surveillance camera footage swaying up to the hundred-year-old house in Three Forks, 30 miles north west of Bozeman.
Julia and Robert O’Rourke had bought Trump flags earlier in the day on August 23, and hung them on their porch in the town of 2,000 people.
Julia and Robert O’Rourke said they bought the flags on August 28 and hung them outside
The flags were only on display for one day before they were ripped down and burnt
During the night Herrera, police said, grabbed the flags and, unsteady on his feet, set them alight.
‘The liberal mob isn’t just in cities across the country, it’s right here in Montana and it’s threatening the safety of freedom-loving Montanans,’ tweeted the Montana Republican Party on Friday.
Julia O’Rourke told MTN News: ‘It’s insane.’
Sheriff Brian Gootkin of Gallatin County said that Herrera has been charged.
A figure, who Sheriff Gootkin said was Eric Herrera, is seen setting fire to the flags
The flags burn brightly, while the two parents and their four children sleep inside the house
A pile of ash is all that remains of the flags, local news reported
‘None of us knew! We woke up to a charred pile of flag in our yard, and had no idea,’ she said.
She said that what worried her most was that the fire could have set the house ablaze.
‘I felt violated,’ she said.
‘I felt that my kids’ and my life and my husband’s life were in danger. It could have easily burned my house down. There was a fire ban at the time of the burning, and as close as it was to the house, it was very eerie.’
The vandalism of political campaign signs appears to have been a problem in recent weeks in the town, leading the Three Forks Voice to publish an op ed entitled: ‘Leave the campaign signs alone.’
‘The most important thing is that we still have a roof over our heads, and our children are alive and safe,’ she said.