I’m a Democrat in Trump Country. In Nappanee recently I’ve seen pickup-truck “trains” several blocks long roar down Main Street, with huge Trump flags flying, horns blaring and tires screeching. It’s loud and unnerving.
Even more unnerving is the recent epidemic of stolen Biden signs. From my front lawn. From near Rachel’s sidewalk, from Christine’s garden, from Cheryl’s porch, from the end of Doris’s driveway, from behind Ruth’s picket fence … I could go on. We’ve formed a group of Democrat, independent and progressive voters in the Nappanee and Wakarusa areas (many of our members are senior-citizen women), and we’re fed up with being bullied and intimidated because we aren’t Republicans.
But how can women in 2020 America support a presidential candidate who brags about grabbing women’s privates, who pays hush money to women he had affairs with while he was married, who pays less yearly income tax than the cost of a month of insulin, who puts toddlers in cages after separating them forcibly from their parents at the border and oh-so-many things that offend us as single and married women, wives, mothers and caregivers?
Our group has decided to report all instances of stolen yard signs to the local police. I regret that police are receiving many such calls, but we ladies feel unsafe. We’re hoping our local government will do public-service announcements (and more) to notify the thieves that taking such signs is against the law: a misdemeanor. I’ve heard a dozen reports of stolen Biden signs elsewhere in Elkhart County as well.
I recently moved back to my hometown because I remembered it as safe and welcoming. This is still true, in part. But it’s time for local officials and Trump supporters themselves to stop the bullying and lawbreaking, which is anything but “law and order.”