Self-described ‘anarchist’ arrested for damaging Trump signs says she ‘kinda snapped’
Florida police took a woman who identified herself as an “anarchist” into custody after she supposedly “snapped” and damaged Trump campaign signs on private property. She had a very friendly conversation with the police as she was cuffed and arrested.
A deputy was passing near Palm Coast Parkway and Colbert Lane when he saw a woman striking a campaign “Women for Trump” sign on the southwest corner of the intersection, which was filled with multiple campaign signs, according to the Flagler County arrest report. The signs were reportedly next to a “no trespassing sign.” The “Women for Trump” sign was badly damaged; another “Trump-Pence” sign was damaged in places where the woman was hitting it. The cost of damage was about $200, FCSO said.
When asked what she was doing, the woman bluntly told the deputy that she was “tired of the lies,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement on Facebook.
The woman said her name was Tonya McRae, 42. That was after she gave the deputy a false name. He then informed her that doing so was illegal. She also self-identified as an anarchist and was adamant that she knew what one was. She claimed she snapped when she saw a sign reading “Women for Trump.”
“I don’t believe, like, if you’re a woman for Trump – he’s a misogynist, he doesn’t respect women, in my opinion,” McRae said. “So I’m like, ‘That’s bull (expletive),’ so I pulled that out, then the one behind it that says ‘Trump 2020,’ I tried to pull that (expletive) out but (the deputy) saw me and he stopped me.”
The deputy informed McRae that damaging private property was a crime, but McRae said it wasn’t against the law if the signs violated her rights and said Trump was a liar and a misogynist and it was her duty to remove the campaign signs, according to the arrest affidavit.
The officer queried the woman when she said she had never been in trouble before, asking, “Isn’t that what anarchy is?” She was then arrested and charged with criminal mischief and providing a false name to law enforcement. McRae was taken to the Sheriff Perry Hall Inmate Detention Facility.
“Emotions are high this election season but it is almost over,” Sheriff Rick Staly said. “Overall, the community has done a good job being respectful of the beliefs and opinions of others. Please continue to do so. We have had sporadic reports of vandalism and theft of political signs by all parties. Remember that it is illegal to damage or steal campaign signs in the same way that it is illegal to damage or steal someone else’s property. The best way to show your opinion is by voting tomorrow, not destroying property.”