Pro-Trump art reinstated after New York ‘arson’ attack


STATEN ISLAND, United States: When arsonists reputedly set fire to some Donald Trump “lawn art” outside a New York family home, the man billed as the only conservative artist in America came out swinging. Scott LoBaido simply erected a bigger version of the sculpture — a giant “T” covered in stars and stripes — on the same patch of lawn on Staten Island to whoops and cheers from the neighbors. “I don’t care who you vote for, got a Hillary (Clinton) supporter over there, God bless you,” he told the crowd. “Just respect, respect my opinion to vote for who I want to.” LoBaido called it his version of Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom of Speech” painting, which was inspired by Franklin D. Roosevelt, and described the 2016 election campaign as “a horror show.” “The hatred, the violence is just out of control,” said the New York artist, whose patriotic art has been displayed across Staten Island and the United States. He created the “T” image after Trump supporters were insulted for wearing the Republican nominee’s official campaign attire. “May be it means tolerance, may be it means terrific, may be it means Trump,” he said. “It just went crazy.” T-shirts of the image sell like hot cakes, but when he installed the first “T” on friend Sam Pirozzolo’s lawn, he and his supporters were incensed when it was burnt down at the weekend. New York police confirm they are investigating the reported arson. So far no arrests have been made.



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