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Vermont man vows to remain politically active despite recent burning of his Trump flag

Posted at 1:19 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 14:19:36-05

A Vermont homeowner woke up earlier this week with a scary discovery.

The charred remains of his beloved “Trump 2020: Keep America Great!” flag were discovered on the porch after it had been flying outside his home.

Gus Klein had been sleeping soundly inside his house in Burlington, Vt. with his family when the incident was perpetrated on Sunday.

“I don’t know if this flag was on fire when they threw it on my front porch,” Kleintold CBS affiliate WCAX in a story reported by “I can only assume that it wasn’t, but if it was, that’s not right at all.”

Apparently, no fire damage was detected at the home of Klein, an Afghanistan War veteran.

His wife is similarly frightened by the incident.

“To me, that’s violent,” Annmarie Klein told the New England Cable News. “That’s bullying. It’s scary.”

Annmarie Klein said she voted for Trump in 2016, but has also voted for Democrats in the past.

The flag-burning, she said, is “an indication that the political tone in America right now is not healthy.”

Gus Klein said the flag burning is strange for his hometown.

“I’m going to be 58 years old, and I’ve never seen something like this before. I’ve always lived in this area,” he told NECN.

It’s led him to fear for the safety of him and his family.

“I should be able to come and go as I want, and we should be able to sleep at night in our own property, so there is fear,” he told WCAX-TV.

The Kleins are not alone in being harassed for being Trump supporters. A man in Washington, D.C., left his pickup in a restaurant parking lot overnight because he had too many drinks earlier this summer. When he returned back the next day, the Washington Post reported his car, adorned with many Trump stickers, had been set afire.

And in July, a man was arrested for stealing a teen’s “Make America Great Again” hat and throwing it back in his face in an incident in a San Antonio restaurant. That incident was captured in a video that went viral.

Despite his burned flag, Gus Klein has vowed he won’t change his political views.

“It’s not going to stop me from campaigning for who I feel is right for the United States,” he said.