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Vandal attacks Gowanus Trump-fan’s home

Fed up: Gowanus resident Joshua Ramos proudly displayed his pro-Trump signs outside his home until a vandal threw a rock through his door.
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This is not how you rock the vote.

Someone hurled a rock through a Gowanus family’s door after it put signs up supporting presidential candidate Donald Trump, leaving the household patriarch steaming about the struggles of supporting the conservative cause in a largely liberal neighborhood.

“I was angry that’s for sure,” said Joshua Ramos who lives on 11th Street between Third and Fourth avenues with his two young kids. “It’s not fair, you can’t put anything up for Trump.”

Ramos said the vandal pitched the projectile through the glass of his front door while he and his family were asleep on the night of June 24, then tore one of his three Trump signs in half.

The registered Republican claims he will have to dish out $2,400 to repair the door, but is mostly peeved that the rock-thrower put his tots in danger.

“There’s people who don’t even realize there’s two children in the house,” he said. “How could they even do something like this? It’s disgraceful.”

He won’t be displaying any more banners for the Donald out of fear for his youngsters’ safety, he said.

Ramos says he reported the vandalism to the police, but they haven’t had any luck tracking down the perpetrator so far. The cops are also not investigating the attack as a hate crime, despite Ramos’s best efforts to convince them otherwise.

He doesn’t think any of the people who live on his street are responsible — they’re all friendly, he says — but rather that it was a drunk radical from elsewhere in the neighborhood.

“You know there’s lots of liberal people around here — they got drunk and did what they had to do,” he said. “I’ve got my [U.S.] flag up — I’m surprised they didn’t tear it down or burn it.”

Ramos says he has been following Trump since the 1980s and has backed the businessman’s presidential bid from day one — he is worried about terrorist attacks, and likes Trump’s immigration policies and the fact that he is not a career politician.

“I can’t even take my kids anywhere, I’m constantly looking around,” he said. “It’s just like living in a different world, there’s no jobs, it’s corrupt. I think we need to get someone in there who isn’t a politician that can’t be bought.”

But even with his steadfast support, Ramos said it is difficult to discuss his political views openly in the left-leaning neighborhood — in his three-block electoral district alone, 204 people voted in this year’s Democratic primary, while just eight cast a ballot in the Republican race.

“You can’t even talk about it, people look at you like you’re an alien,” he said.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Jim from Cobble Hill says:
I guess he should have "built a wall" or something.
July 11, 2016, 6:32 am
Sean from Park Slope says:
Why is this news?
July 11, 2016, 7:18 am
KP from Carroll Gardens says:
If this story is even true (seems like he likes playing the "conservative victim" card - you know, hiding from all the drunk, america-hating liberal "radicals" roaming around brooklyn. good lord.) - hopefully we can all be big enough to not vandalize this person's home... and play into this nonsense narriative that he's trying to perpetuate.
July 11, 2016, 10:05 am
Phantom from Bay Ridge says:
You didn't see " right wing " people vandalizing cars or houses with Bernie Sanders signs on them.

But you do see this.

I'm kind of amazed that he had the balls to display the poster in such an intolerant lefty bastion.

Supporters of any conservative or Republican candidates ( not that Trump is any conservative ) have long known that displaying a political bumper sticker will lead to your car being keyed or otherwise vandalized by Democrats / lefties here.
July 11, 2016, 10:11 am
Monica Lewinski from Park Slope says:
In the words of liberals, "Why can't we all get along?"
July 11, 2016, 10:29 am
Jack from Gowanus says:
He would be happier living elsewhere. I think anyone who puts up signs for any candidate in front of their house is an idiot. That is not for NYC. I don't want to see a bunch of Hillary signs, either.
July 11, 2016, 10:29 am
Bindie from Brooklyn says:
Clearly some people think that the way to deal with an opinion they disagree with is to try and crush it with force and property destruction. Will they attack the Whitehouse if Trump wins?
Such closed-mindedness from those who imagine themselves to be open. Can't handle anyone thinking differently than them.
July 11, 2016, 10:37 am
ignorance from NYC says:
People that have a problem with others points of view are ignorant - plain and simple.

Perhaps this sheds light on the fact that a neighbor is not the place for anyone to be displaying anything other than their house number. While this may seem like a contradiction with the freedom of speech and the right to freely rally for the political party/person of your choice, it's not.

Residential neighborhoods are for living and serenity should be highest priority one can have. Anything that upsets the tranquility of a residential neighbor should be illegal.

No different than banning solicitations be it religious cults (ie. Jehovah's) or flyers, political banners should be banned on residential dwellings.

Serenity now!
July 11, 2016, 11:14 am
Observer from New York says:
Liberal progressives are all fascists.
July 11, 2016, 1:44 pm
old time brooklyn from slope says:
ave observer from ny
my scat is named Monsanto
July 11, 2016, 1:57 pm
FresnoJoe from Elgin, IL says:
Land Of The Brave, Home Of The Free
Vote Early, Vote Often
July 11, 2016, 4:14 pm
Jack from Brooklyn says:
Ignorance - so freedom of speech is enforced censorship in a person's own home?
Others posting or soliciting on your property is something to be stopped because it incorectly attaches you to something you may not agree with. It also involves other people using your property without your permission.
Posting your own views is more than allowed. You are not required to do it, and it's tacky/narcissistic to rub your views in everyone's faces. It is however your absolute right to do so. If people don't agree they can just ignore it, or put up their own sign on their own house. They cannot come and deface your sign. Even though a particular category of people seem to think it's their duty to impose their worldview on everyone.
July 11, 2016, 4:48 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Although I feel that it was wrong to vandalize that man's place because of his support for Donald Trump, I'm still voting for Hillary Clinton in the election.
July 11, 2016, 7:37 pm
Winnie Jackson from Park Slope says:
What? Is Donald Trump running for president? Am I the only one who hasn't hear about this? When did that happen?
July 12, 2016, 7:09 am
Jim from Staten Island says:
I wouldn't vote for Trump in a million years, but the idea that someone would vandalize this guy's house because of a Trump sign is truly sad. America's supposed to be a country where we can peacefully agree do disagree.
July 12, 2016, 10 am
I jumpt to conclusions from A cave says:
I love how this moron jumps to conclusions.

Liberals get drunk and do things evil (which by his process of "thinking" means conservatives do neither).

The rock thrower was endangering his children (nope, everyone was asleep).

This was a hate crime (Say WHAT now?)

There is no way that a Rubio or Cruz supporter did this.

All the above are just some of the conclusions this man jumped to.

Add to that his clearly paranoid way of viewing the world, and I think a call to Child Welfare is in order.
July 12, 2016, 1 pm
George from California says:
Anyone that's ignorant enough to even consider backing Trump, is stupid enough to place a sign on his home.
July 12, 2016, 5:03 pm
Jeff from Gowanus says:
Vandalism is the wrong way to object to freedom of speech.
July 12, 2016, 9:54 pm
David from Cobble hill says:
I'm voting for Trump and I wouldn't tell anyone but my whole family is
Terrorism is the #1 priority the country is a mess and divided under Obama
July 12, 2016, 10:37 pm
David from Cobble hill says:
The only people causing problems this election cycle seems to be democrats
July 12, 2016, 10:38 pm
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
Thanks for giving us the block he lives on. Now I got something to do late at night when he puts that sign back up.
July 14, 2016, 9:10 am
Jerry from Park Slope says:
This man was violated. His safety and his kids were put in harms way. This is not the American way. He has a right to display his sign and not be victimized. Will they be standing at the voting booths with guns on election day. These haters need to back off. They are un-American.
July 17, 2016, 7:14 pm

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