A Georgia Democrat claims an anxiety attack compelled her to drive over a barbed-wire fence and through a field to vandalize George Bentley’s Trump sign, but now she faces up to five years in prison.
Twenty-year-old Georgia State University student Azaria Moore faces charges of criminal trespass and failure to report a crash after she allegedly drove over a barbed wire fence and onto Bentley’s property around 1 a.m. Monday, WSB-TV reports.
Security cameras on the Trump 2020 sign captured a dark image of the vehicle barreling over the fence along State Route 120, then someone getting out of the vehicle to spray-paint Bentley’s large Trump 2020 banner, which sits with lighted water cubes and stenciled stars to proclaim his support for the president.
“It’s a free country, and we love America, and we’re happy with the guy that’s in there now,” Bentley told the television station, adding that he put up the fence and camera to deter vandals. “We want him to be elected again in 2020, and we wanted to give him our support.”
After Moore left her mark, both on the sign and by smashing her vehicle into a brightly colored cube, she attempted to drive off but her vehicle got hung up on the fence, so she ditched it, according to police.
Bentley and his girlfriend said they found the damage the next day, including Moore’s vehicle, which was easy for police to identify by running the plates.
“It really irritates me. I believe people should be able to protest, but not on my property, you know?” he said.
“It’s pretty strong for it to bother you something like this,” Bentley’s girlfriend, Dee Corson, told WSB-TV.
“If the car hadn’t been here with the tag on it, and we just had video of the person, it would have been really tough” to track down the culprit, Bentley said, adding that he estimates Moore caused thousands of dollars in damage.
“We’re sorry you don’t like it,” he said. “Go to your place and do your own display, but leave ours alone.”
Moore wouldn’t discuss the case with WSB-TV, but she did acknowledge that she faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Moore is a fundraiser at Georgia Public Broadcasting who studied “social entrepreneurship” at Georgia State University and graduated this spring, according to her Facebook page.
Moore addressed her stunt on the social media site, but her comments have since been blocked. Conservative bloggers at 100 Percent Fed Up posted a screenshot of what they allege 20-year-old had to say about her legal troubles.
“Are you the one that got her truck stuck after vandalizing a Trump sign??” one user asked.
“Yes I apologize about that, just an anxiety attack from dealing with college school work, I sent you a pm as well,” user “Azaria Alwayswillbe Moore” responded.
Folks visiting Moore’s Facebook page clearly aren’t buying her excuses, including some who trolled with Trump 2020 banners in the comments.
“Anxiety attack, haha, sure,” Amy Ruth wrote. “More like #TDS,” referring to “Trump Derangement Syndrome” afflicting liberals who lose their minds over anything MAGA.
“I’m thinking your parents should bet their money back from that college,” John Mcdaniel added. “They didn’t teach you a thing.”
“Good Lord girl, if your college work causes you anxiety how in the hell do you expect to deal with the real world and a full time job?” Randall Shell questioned. “I mean, a job in Social Entrepreneurship will be super stressful I’m sure. Give me a break.”