"For rent: Downtown apartment, 2 bedrooms. Includes organic garden space, hot tub, great backyard. You can bring your dogs if they have references as good as yours. If voting for Donald Trump, do not call."
This ad appeared in The Nickel, a free paper in Grand Junction — and even before the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel published an article about it on Saturday, landlord Mark Holmes received push-back from fans of Donald Trump by way of ugly voice-mail messages.
Since then, however, the vitriol has only increased, with supporters of The Donald charging Holmes, who objects to Trump policies he sees as discriminatory, with discriminating against them.
And that's not to mention the comments that have appeared in posts about the ad that have appeared on conservative websites, some of which feature language of the vilest sort.
Grand Junction has been associated for months with Trump fandom. Last August, for example, we told you about a GJ billboard that depicted Trump as a knight in shining armor slaying a dragon emblazoned with references to "PC," "Muslims," "Libtards," "NSA," "FEMA," "IRS," "Iran" and "GLBT," among many others.
The pro-Donald Trump billboard on display in Grand Junction last summer.
This kind of attitude clearly unsettles Holmes, whose Facebook page identifies him as a "humanitarian."
Likewise, his posts focus on liberal and environmental causes.
In explaining the reason for mentioning Trump in his ad, Holmes told the Sentinel, “He’s preaching hate and he’s preaching…a lot of venom, spit and vinegar.
"I live in the top part of the house. I don’t want anybody that even thinks that Donald Trump can be a good president to live in my home.”
Another Facebook photo of Mark Holmes.
No surprise that the Sentinel piece quickly got new life in the conservative blogosphere, despite a statement from a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development official that the ad doesn't violate the Fair Housing Act.
Take a post on Grassfire.com, which features this spin:
Due to this, Holmes explained that he refuses to ‘share a roof’ with those that support Trump’s ban on Muslims and those that wish to secure the border.
Pretty ironic that a guy who is bent out of shape over the thought of ‘banning Muslims’ and securing the border is subsequently banning people from living in his apartment building.... But I digress.
Here's a screen capture of the headline on the piece:
A similar item appears on ZeroCensorship.com, whose comment section runs the gamut.
One poster writes, "Not illegal, nor should it be. With that said, it's totally unenforceable. Someone says they're undecided and signs a contract, there's nothing he can do if the renter shows up in 4 months with his red Trump hat."
Another opines, "This should be legal. 100%. Then you could say no Clinton or Sanders voters or supporters. That would get rid of 100% of the riff-raff."
And then there's this: "The govt. already forces Faggots, Beaners, Illegals, Niggers and Every form of Welfare collecting Maggots on...THE WHOLE GODDAM WORLD. You Fucking Retarded Goddam IDIOT."
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Expect more invective along these lines as we get closer to this November's election — and as passions continue to rise.