Donald Trump signs rise then fall in Pitkin County
Pitkin County Republican Chair Bob Jenkins might have a sense of humor, but it was tested Thursday when he learned a Donald Trump sign had been yanked from a piece of private property.
“I guess the big question is: The Democrats must be scared to death of Trump,” he said.
On Wednesday, Jenkins and some friends posted four 4-foot-by-8-foot signs of Republican candidates seeking election or re-election in November. The campaign posters were installed Wednesday afternoon on private land off of Highway 82 near the Pitkin County Landfill, Jenkins said.
Only the Trump sign was taken, he said. The others, which promote the campaigns of Scott Tipton for Congress, Jeff Cheney for district attorney and Heidi Ganahl for the University of Colorado Board of Regents, weren’t taken.
It was at least the third piece of private land in Pitkin County where Trump signs had been removed in recent months, Jenkins noted. Signs for the Republican nominee for president were swiped from his yard earlier this year, and Aspen resident Maurice Emmer has had to fend off what he called a “teenager” who has removed Trump signs from his lawn.
Jenkins said he finds the trend to be troubling.
“We live in a powerful democracy here in America,” he said. “The ballots go out next week, the signs are going up less than one week before the ballots go out, and the key to living in this fabulous democracy is that you should not have to worry about putting up political signs in this election.”
Whoever the culprits have been, they are stripping people of their First Amendment rights by snatching their political signs, he said.
Jenkins said was planning to call law-enforcement officers about the most recent Trump sign theft. No surveillance cameras were in the area.
“The thing that’s interesting to me is: Aren’t liberals supposed to be the people of tolerance and be accepting of other people? You’re supposed to love your brother, but when it comes to the First Amendment, they’re totally unwilling to listen to someone else and recognize that the First Amendment applies to all political parties.”
Pitkin County typically swings to the left in presidential contests, with 68 percent of voters favoring Barack Obama in 2012.
As of Thursday, 2,615 Republicans accounted for the 15,160 registered voters in Pitkin County, with 5,590 registered Democrats, 6,708 unaffiliated and 247 members of other parties, according to Clerk and Recorder Janice Vos Caudill.
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