'Trump' Chemically Burned Into Lawn of Racial Justice Activist

Police are investigating after the word "Trump" was apparently chemically burned into a racial justice activist's lawn in Delaware.

The word was spelled out in large letters using weedkiller in the front yard of Charlotte King's home in the Wolfe Pointe community, near Lewes in Sussex County, on Friday, The Cape Gazette reported.

King, an 83-year-old Black woman, and her partner Aimee Wiest had a Biden/Harris campaign sign as well as a Black Lives Matter flag on display in their yard, according to the newspaper.

King is also the founder of the Southern Delaware Alliance For Racial Justice (SDAFRJ), which describes itself on its website as a non-partisan organization that "advocates for racial justice, equality, and fair opportunity."

King believes the incident was a targeted attack, telling the Gazette that "it is no different than a cross burning."

She said most of her neighbors are supporters of President Donald Trump and had Trump flags or signs on display outside their homes. Trump lost his bid for re-election to President-elect Joe Biden, although he has refused to concede and has continued to air baseless claims about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

King added that while she doesn't know if the perpetrator is a resident of her community, she is convinced the incident was personal.

"It's definitely targeted," she told the newspaper. "We have an inconspicuous house in the back of this community. You have to know where you're going to find us."

The incident is now under investigation by the Delaware State Police.

Police spokesman Sgt. Darren Lester said officers canvassed for witnesses after the complaint was reported. Lester added that officers "will follow up on and investigate any and all suspect leads this investigation produces."

He added: "The investigation remains active and ongoing at this time as we continue to work hard to solve this case."

The state police have been contacted for additional comment.

On Facebook, the SDAFRJ wrote: "Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum this is truly a heartless act and I'm saddened that someone felt the need to show how hate is a driver of desperation! All the perpetrator(s) have done is pulled a community closer together! Thank you!"

The group is planning to hold an online webinar called "Hate Has No Home Here" on Saturday, where the vandalism and other recent incidents will be discussed.

Among those incidents was a social media post by Bill Buckaloo, a Lewes firefighter, that included an anti-gay slur. The Lewes Fire Department has since suspended Buckaloo.

Newsweek has contacted King and the SDAFRJ for additional comment.

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The word "Trump" was chemically burned into Charlotte King and Aimee Wiest's lawn in Sussex County, Delaware. Southern Delaware Alliance For Racial Justice