Man shatters door at Donald Trump Jacksonville headquarters


Donald Trump’s campaign headquarters in Jacksonville will need some repairs after a man tried to break the window early Saturday morning.

Campaign volunteers said a man tried to pick up a potted plant and smash the window. They said he couldn’t pick it up and instead used a trash can from the street.

WATCH: Surveillance video of window smashing

It was all in an effort to hurt Trump’s campaign, like hundreds of demonstrators across the country have attempted to do.

Trump’s campaign volunteers walked into a mess of shattered glass Saturday at the presidential candidate’s headquarters in Jacksonville.

"It's unfortunate that people are stooping to low levels and the civility in campaigning is almost out the window just because of an all-out assault to stop Donald Trump,” News4Jax political analyst Jennifer Carroll said.

She said it’s not unusual that vandalism is happening around Trump’s office in Jacksonville because it’s happening all over the country.

"The disrupters are hoping this sort of negative press against Donald Trump -- in regards to attacking his headquarters or rallying and protesting against him -- will make people not like him and not support him,” Carroll said.

The Jacksonville office wasn’t the only place where protesters tried to slow down the Republican presidential candidate’s speed.

Dozens of demonstrators shut down a street northeast of Phoenix, Arizona, where Trump held a rally Saturday afternoon.

Hundreds also gathered in New York City, where they marched in front of the Trump Tower, denouncing the Republican frontrunner.

"The bottom line is we can elect a person or not elect a person at the ballot box,” Carroll said. “We don't have to get violent, we don't have to be destructive and we don't have to interrupt people from their free speech."

Carroll said that while protesters think they are hurting Trump’s campaign, that isn’t always the case.

"What it tends to do is solidify his base and and it angers those that who are seeing Americans play this out in such a negative light, and even supporters of Cruz and other candidates come out in support of Donald Trump,” Carroll said.

One of the volunteers in Trump’s Jacksonville office said they have moved the pot back inside the campaign headquarters.


About the Authors:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.