Yard signs shout support for Trump
By Lindell John Kay
Saturday, July 16, 2016
A Rocky Mount resident is determined to show his support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, replacing dozens of campaign yard signs that have been repeatedly torn down.
L. CJ Cary, 62, who lives on Peachtree Street, has at least 40 Trump signs in his front yard. Similar signs have been there since before the Republican primary heated up earlier this year. On June 27, an unknown suspect ripped up most of the signs, damaging many in the process.
Cary told authorities the 36 signs were worth $900, according to a report filed with the Rocky Mount Police Department. Cary last saw the signs in good condition at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon. Two hours later they were found to be destroyed, according to the report.
The incident is still under investigation, said Rocky Mount police Cpl. Mike Lewis.
“There were two juveniles in the neighborhood around that time who are suspects,” Lewis said.
That's the third time Trump signs in Cary's yard have been vandalized to the total tune of $1,800.
“I have to put the signs back up or they win,” Cary said. “It's my right to free speech.”
Over the past weekend, the Trump signs began to pop up again in Cary's yard.
“I'm don't know why he needs so many,” said Kenny Jackson, a nearby resident who was walking by Cary's house Thursday afternoon. “It's more like an eyesore than anything.”
Most neighbors were mum about the matter. One neighbor who asked not to be identified said she didn't understand why Cary, a black man, supports Trump, who has made several campaign statements perceived to be racist remarks.
Cary, a former Marine, has been a Trump supporter for decades. He has been corresponding with the billionaire developer since 1992 when Trump replied to a letter Cary sent during Trump's first divorce.
“I support Trump because he's honest,” Cary said. “You can work with an honest person and convince them their vision isn't in the best interest of everyone. You can't work with dishonest people. That's why I don't like Obama — the worst president in American history.”
Cary, a volunteer worker on Trump’s campaign, said he began telling Trump to run for president in 2008. Ideas that Cary has floated to Trump have been spoken by the candidate in television interviews, Cary said.
Cary agrees most with Trump's strong border protectionism, equating it to the troubles he's had with vandals on his private property.
Something new with the latest batch of yard signs — surveillance cameras — are visible along the roof of Cary's house and the outer row of Trump yard signs are wrapped in wire with signs indicating the coils are electrified.
“Once word got out in the neighborhood, it all stopped,” Cary said.
Electric fences are heavily regulated by city ordinances, which specify maximum voltage and required distance from a public roadway.
If the fence is electrified it could be a violation of city code. There is no regulation on signs claiming a fence is electrified when it's not, according to city officials.