- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Navy veteran’s home was torched and tagged with anti-Donald Trump graffiti in Florida this week.

Veteran Matthew Smith said he and his family were spending the night with relatives Monday when a devastating fire gutted his home on Johnson Street in Plant City overnight, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

Anti-Trump graffiti was spray-painted on the house, inside and out, the station reported. Mr. Smith believes his home was targeted because of his support for the president-elect.


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“We supported Trump from when he started running for office,” said Mr. Smith’s wife Brittany. “We never made it public. We never had a sign in our backyard, so no one really knew we were pro-Trump.”

Mr. Smith, however, is outspoken about his conservative views and support for Mr. Trump on his social media pages. The father of two also flies the American flag, the POW flag and the Navy flag in front of their home.



The State Fire Marshall is investigating the fire as possible arson.

“It’s not what I expected out of America,” Mr. Smith said. “It should be us figuring problems out together.”

He said his family hit a rough patch, and their home is in foreclosure. He said they have no insurance to cover the belongings that burned, Fox reported.

Fox’s report showed the inside of the home was almost completely destroyed in the blaze. The daughter’s bed was set on fire and “F— yo kids” was painted on her bedroom walls, a local ABC News affiliate reported.

Multiple pieces of furniture throughout the house and the family’s Christmas tree were also set on fire. Mr. Smith said the word “cracker” was found spray-painted in two places in the home.

Mr. Smith’s brother set up a GoFundMe page for the family that reached $2,110 as of Wednesday morning. The goal is to raise $10,000.

Anti-Trump graffiti was spray-painted on two mobile homes earlier this month near Mango. Investigators said someone tried to light one of them on fire, Fox reported.

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