Fire set to Trump-Pence sign demonstrates campaign volatility

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Someone lit fire to the political campaign sign for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Someone in the early hours this morning set fire to a large presidential campaign sign for Republican nominee Donald Trump and his running mate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Fire crews responded just after 1:30 a.m. to the corner of Millikin and Cincinnati-Dayton roads after the fire was reported by a passerby. Half of the estimated 4-by-6-foot sign was burned.

Liberty Twp. Fire Chief Paul Stumpf said two deputies were on scene when crews arrived to extinguish the sign. There was no obvious trails or odors of any type of accelerant he said.

This action is “disturbing” as it encroaches on a person’s freedom of speech, said Miami Hamilton political science professor John Forren.

“It’s an indication of how volatile this election is,” he said.

He said this election season has seen incidents “where emotions and a lack of respect for other points of view have spilled out.”

“People need to remember we can disagree, even fundamentally, but we need to respect each others point of view and clearly burning political signs is going a step too far,” Forren said.

Butler County GOP Executive Chairman Todd Hall said the county and state Republican Party is “focused on running a positive campaign this election.”

“Unfortunately, there will always be haters,” he said.

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