While a Navy veteran and his young family were away overnight, vandals attacked, spraying anti-Trump graffiti on the house, then setting it on fire.
Matthew Smith and his wife Brittany, along with their two young children, were spending the night at her mother’s home when the attack occurred on their home in Plant City, Florida. A neighbor called 911 to report the fire.
The couple flies three flags on the front of their home, the U.S. flag, the POW flag, and the Navy flag, which were undamaged. Matthew said he has also been active on Facebook, with posts showing his support of Donald Trump, conservative causes and the second amendment.
But outside the home, they didn’t have any Trump signs.
“We supported Trump from when he started running for office,” said Brittany. “We never made it public. We never had a sign in our backyard, so no one really knew we were pro Trump.”
They believe they were targeted because of his pro-Trump posts on Facebook.
The family was already having financial trouble, and their home was in foreclosure. They had no insurance on their belongings inside. Part of the home was completely gutted, and the rest has smoke and water damage.
Investigators are trying to determine if this case could be related to other arson cases. Earlier this month, anti-Trump graffiti was sprayed on two mobile homes and vandals had tried to light one of them on fire.
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