Teenagers charged with hate crime for burning Trump sign

Indo Asian News Service

Washington, April 20 (IANS) Two teenagers from the Maryland state were charged with hate crime for burning a President Donald Trump sign, the media reported.

The two girls are accused of lighting a "Make America Great Again" sign on fire in Princess Anne, The Hill magazine reported on Wednesday.

Princess Anne deputy chief fire marshal Caryn L. McMahon told the Baltimore Sun daily the reason for charging with a hate crime was that they committed arson "with discrimination or malice toward a particular group, or someone's belief",

"The intentional burning of these political signs, along with the beliefs, religious views and race of this political affiliation, directly coincides with the victim," a Princess Anne police officer wrote in documents for the hate crime charge.

Both young girls were released on a $20,000 bond.

The sign was located on a store owned by a man who describes himself as a Trump supporter.

He said the sign has been good for business at his shop, which sells guns and other hunting supplies, the magazine added.

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