Things are starting to heat up this 2020 election.
A gigantic display of hay bales painted with support towards presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris was set on fire.
The fire occurred in Dalton, Massachusetts and the man who started the blaze was arrested the next day and was only up for less than 24 hours before burning down.
Dalton man arrested for allegedly burning hay bale display marked 'Biden Harris 2020' https://t.co/e9YloFbLA4
— WWLP-22News (@WWLP22News) October 10, 2020
'It's actually hard to believe anyone who says they love this country would do this,' the owner of the farm said. https://t.co/fqcaWEZasM
— USA TODAY Politics (@usatodayDC) October 10, 2020
The manager of the farm thought their Biden display might be defaced but “we didn’t have a back-up plan for this,” she said https://t.co/SjGECGorwH
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 10, 2020
The USA Today had these details to share:
A large display of hay bales on a Western Massachusetts farm stacked and painted in support of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running-mate Kamala Harris was torched Friday night.
Police in Dalton, Massachusetts the next day arrested the man they said is responsible.
Members of the Holiday Brook Farm in Berkshire County painted the hay, stacked three bales high, white with the words, “USA,” “Biden,” “Harris,” “Vote,” and “2020.” The project, visible from a nearby state highway, was finished Thursday.
Organizers wanted to create a response to the signs and flags supporting President Donald Trump that outnumber Biden visuals in the rural community.
“We just did it to be heard,” Kate Pike, a manager of the farm, told USA TODAY. “We wanted to be louder.”
But at 6:42 p.m. Friday night, the Dalton Fire Department arrived at the farm after farmers spotted the 1,000-pound hay bales ablaze.
“Within about 24 hours is when it went up in flames,” Pike said. “So it didn’t take long.”
A farmer made a giant Biden-Harris sign out of hay bales. It was set on fire the next day. https://t.co/NSoBEfykvW
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 12, 2020
The Washington Post covered the story too:
All seemed well when he checked up on the display the next day as he ran a tractor in a nearby field, he told the Berkshire Eagle. But “when I turned around again, it was ablaze.”
The fire remained a mystery, rattling the staff at Holiday Brook Farm as well as the close-knit town of Dalton, Mass., until police announced Sunday that they had arrested Lonnie Durfee, 49, and charged the local resident with burning personal property.
Devin Nunes a U.S Representative posted on Twitter a picture of hay bales burned that supported Trump.
So, Republicans have been victims of vandalism too.