A Mission District tattoo shop owner says he is in the midst of a political firestorm after being mistakenly identified as a Donald Trump supporter.
Political views have turned dangerous for the San Francisco man, who requested to remain anonymous. He said that someone tossed a rock through his store’s window, smashing it.
The business owner has been struggling with vandalism for the month, but said he does not support Trump – his boyfriend does.
Other Bay Area voters are also frustrated. They say they're losing the right to have an opinion, in fear of retaliation.
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It “really ticks me off,” said Sharon Fraetis, a Hillary Clinton supporter.
The Lafayette woman was targeted in just the latest in a series of troubling incidents during the final weeks of the 2016 election cycle. Someone pulled down Clinton signs from her house.
And earlier this week, a man was arrested for damaging Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
"I'm not at all sad that I did do it,” said the vandalism suspect James Otis. “I decided to admit that I did do it. I'll take the punishment.”
But most voters say they're fed up with the backlash surrounding the likability of a candidate.
“Right now, if somebody says something remotely different - they jump on you like they’re looking for that opportunity,” said Andreas Schobel.