November 5, 2016 11:52 am -

And authorities are fine with this because the state is open carry.

A man wearing a Donald Trump shirt and carrying a weapon stood outside a voting location in Loudoun County, Virginia, on Friday. Authorities in the nation’s richest county are apparently OK with that.

Erika Cotti encountered the man when she went to vote at the county’s registrar’s office, she told The Huffington Post. Virginia doesn’t have early voting per se, but voters can cast in-person absentee ballots for a host of reasons, like if they’re going to be out of the county or city on Election Day…


Conservative media outlets and Republicans in Washington spent significant time and resources attacking the Obama administration because they disagreed with the Justice Department’s handling of 2008 incident in which a man stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia holding a nightstick. The man who promoted a video of that incident is Mike Roman, who has reportedly been working on election protection efforts in connection with the Trump campaign.

Friday’s incident in Loudoun County, involving a white Republican, seems pretty unlikely to attract the same type of attention.

“I had my 9-year-old son with me. I felt intimidated,” Cotti said. “And I had to explain to my 9-year-old why a man with a 357 magnum is standing outside the polling station.”

Cotti said the man offered her a Republican sample ballot, which she declined.

“He’s like, ‘Who are you going to vote for, crooked Hillary?’ And I was like, that’s really none of your business,” Cotti said, adding that the man was standing in the sidewalk outside of the office when they left and blocking their path.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.