Just ahead of the presidential election next week, 26-year-old James Blight was accused of being a bit overzealous in his opposition to the Democratic nominees for President and Vice President. According to reports, Blight stole a bulldozer to dig up Biden-Harris signs in a predominantly black neighborhood. Following his arrest by Haines City authorities, Blight reportedly said, "I've been drinking whiskey all day and don't remember what happened." However, multiple reports coming out after Blight's arrest say the man was not drunk.
Haines City Chief of Police said in a statement: “It’s absurd that a grown man could think he had the right to destroy someone else’s property based on a difference in political opinion. The fact that he was driving this heavy equipment, that he did not know how to operate, down busy roads could have been disastrous. We’re thankful that no one was hurt in this matter.”
Haines City Police Department said Blight is charged with trespassing on a construction site, grand theft, and criminal mischief of $1,000 or more. Former Haines City vice mayor Adam Burgess thinks the charges aren't nearly harsh enough and that Blight's actions warrant an investigation into its status as a hate crime. "What happened here was a hate crime and I will be following up," said Burgess.