Trump supporter shocked after vehicle vandalized

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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Joshua Baker says he was shocked to find his vehicle had been vandalized

MEBANE, NC (KTRK) -- Politics can get nasty, but Joshua Baker says what happened to him is an all-new low.

"Politics has gotten out of control lately. It has gone from politics to hate," he said.

Baker, of Mebane, was left dealing with hundreds of dollars in damage after profanity was spray-painted on his car.

He believes it's all because of his campaign sticker supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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The derogatory vandalism referenced Trump.

Baker is not shy about supporting Donald Trump and didn't think twice about putting a sticker on the back of his car.

"Why would you? This is America. We have freedom of speech don't we?" Baker asked rhetorically.

Sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning while the car was parked at Baker's apartment complex, the sticker caught the attention of someone who is not a Trump fan.

"I think it's awful cowardly of someone to destroy property just because I'm voicing my opinions," Baker said.

Baker received a quote from an auto-body expert and the damage was estimated at $1,400.

Baker plans to do the clean-up work himself and was able to make enough progress to drive the car to work Tuesday.

He says he is not going to let this situation stop him from openly expressing his views.

"I'm going to get a bigger sticker," Baker said.

"I respect other people's beliefs and I believe they should respect mine," he added.

Baker says a drum throne, gym bag and pocket knife were also taken from the vehicle.

He says he filed a police report and also suggested to the apartment complex where he lives to install surveillance cameras.

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