PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI/AP) — A sign for a Republican candidate for Rhode Island governor has been hung from a noose in front of a Glocester home.
Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said Tuesday that displaying his campaign sign like that is disgusting and hateful.
“It just doesn’t have a place in our society here in Rhode Island,” he said. “Rhode Islanders are better than that.”
“This hateful symbol in which many of us have hopefully long forgotten is reappearing in this campaign,” Fung continued.
WPRO-AM posted a photo Tuesday on Twitter of the upside down sign.
The station says no one answered the homeowner’s door.
Fung is challenging Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo in November. Joe Trillo, who chaired President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign in Rhode Island, is running as an independent.
“There is no place for that in politics and in civil discourse,” Raimondo said Tuesday. “I think it’s awful and we just can’t condone that behavior.”
The homeowner’s lawn displays signs for Trillo and for Robert Flanders, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, right-side up.
Trillo and Flanders say they don’t condone the conduct.
“The display is loaded with the baggage of a hateful history and extremely disrespectful towards Mayor Fung, an Asian-American leader of one of our great cities,” Flanders said in a statement. “We request it be taken down immediately and that our lawn signs be returned from this property.”
Flanders’ campaign said they’ve asked that their signs be taken down from the property and returned.
After speaking with the owner of the sign on Tuesday, Trillo said he does not believe the man had any hateful intentions.
“I’m really convinced that it was his way of expressing something in a politically incorrect way,” Trillo said.
R.I. State Police are not investigating the matter.
If Fung wins in November, he’d become the state’s first Asian-American governor.