State rep gives flags to business owner after someone burned his

1 week 5 days 8 hours ago Sunday, July 26 2020 Jul 26, 2020 Sunday, July 26, 2020 8:32:00 PM CDT July 26, 2020 in News
By: Bailey Yang & Halle Upshaw, KOMU 8 Reporters

COLUMBIA - Creekside Pet Center owner Jacob Brummet said someone has burned and vandalized Trump campaign signs and American flags on his property multiple times.

"This is just pure hate, destruction of property and vandalism," he said on Sunday.

Brummet said he put up the campaign sign as a thank you to the current administration for small businesses loans during the pandemic.

"Two months ago, we received our PPP money," he said. "It kept us up and running. It kept our business open, and until today we haven't had to layoff one employee."

After people vandalized the sign, Brummet said he set up a camera that later caught video of someone spraying flammables on the flag stand and then setting one of the four American flags on fire.

"To me that's just too far," Brummet said."It's an election year, we have to vote for somebody, but we should be able to talk about it, we should be able to encourage others to vote for who we think should be in the office."

Brummet said he hopes people can have an open dialogue about why they disagree with each other instead of damaging property.

He said he's made multiple reports to the sheriff's office about the vandalism.

He said Rep. Sara Walsh, R-Ashland, brought him a new Trump campaign sign, along with American and Missouri flags.

Rep. Walsh posted pictures of Brummet holding the new signs and flags to her Facebook page on Saturday, and said she has zero tolerance for the burning of the American flag and vandalism on private property.

KOMU 8 reached out to Rep. Walsh for a comment Sunday evening, but haven't heard back from her.

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