The Alabama man accused of vandalizing a giant anti-Trump balloon before a college football game attended by the president over the weekend likened his actions to that of Jesus turning over the tables of money-changers in the temple.
“It comes a point when you gotta take a stand,” Hoyt Hutchinson told the hosts of an Alabama radio show, according to a report on al.com. “We don’t have two parties anymore. We have good vs. evil.”
Hutchinson, 32, is facing felony first degree criminal mischief charges for slashing the 20-foot balloon, in town for the Alabama/LSU game, with a box cutter. Video recorded on the scene showed him screaming “Trump 2020” as he was arrested. He was released on $2,500 bond.
He told the hosts of the “Rick & Bubba Show,” a syndicated radio show based in Birmingham, Ala., that he was first angered when he drove by the anti-Trump protestors and heard them chanting, “Lock Him Up.” He then purchased a red Alabama tee shirt in order to blend in with the crowd and get close enough to destroy the balloon.
“I was so fired up. I was shaking I was so mad,” he said. “I feel like a lot of people my age don’t keep up with the news and politics the way they should. I watch the news every night. I watch Fox News every night. Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity are my favorite two anchors.
“I see this stuff going on out west and up north and all other places. I get so mad about people not taking a stand. The left wants to use religion against you like you shouldn’t act like this and stuff but I’ll tell you this – the Devil knows the Bible as good as we do,” he added.
“This was your turning of the temple tables?” one of the hosts, Burgess, asked Hutchinson in reference to the Biblical narrative.
“Yes,” Hutchinson replied.
After his arrest, Hutchinson set up a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money for his legal defense. As of Monday morning, he had raised more than $40,000 from 1,700 supporters. He said in the funding request that all money received above and beyond his legal costs would be donated to the Trump campaign, but he is under no legal obligation to do so once the campaign has concluded.