The 2020 presidential election may be the most hotly contested to date in modern politics, as sitting President Donald Trump has spent the past four years stoking fear, anger, and division across the country. Americans seem more divided than ever, and the battleground has been taken to, well, lawn signs.
Particularly in suburbs of swing states, people have been stealing Joe Biden and Trump signs from their neighbors’ lawns, and as a result—some homeowners have gotten clever about protecting their property.
Unfortunately, one Michigan resident took things extremely too far by affixing razor blades to the bottom of his Trump sign. As a result, a local building inspector was badly injured.
The 52-year-old Commerce Township employee was not stealing the sign—rather, moving it as it violated an ordinance that requires signs to be at least 33 feet away from the road. Given the close proximity of the sign to the road, one might even wonder if the Trump sign was intentionally placed as to invite theft?
When the employee bent down to reach the Trump sign, emblazoned with the slogan, “Promises Made, Promises Kept,” the razor blades lacerated three of his fingers. He was later treated for his injuries, which required 13 stitches.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident, though it sounds as if the sign’s owner is claiming innocence. According to Fox News, the homeowner told deputies that the Trump sign had been stolen, but then placed back in the yard “while they were out of town,” ostensibly with the addition of the razors.
A likely story—however, if the building inspector decides to sue the homeowner, it remains to be seen whether that story will hold up in a court of law.