On Monday Donald Trump personally called to thank and commend an artist in Staten Island who had a pro-Trump sign he made set on fire.
At around 1 a.m. on Sunday, neighbors alerted Sam Pirozzolo to the flames that destroyed his 12-by-8-foot, hand-painted American Flag “T.”
Pirozzolo said the Republican candidate called his cellphone around 4 p.m., saying: “This is Donald Trump. I saw what happened all over the news. I appreciate everything you are doing.”
“It’s horrible what happened to you. I hope you and your family are safe,” Pirozzolo said Trump added.
Pirozzolo said Trump’s call came while he and conservative Staten Island artist Scott LoBaido were waiting to do a TV interview.
LoBaido said he told Trump that “tomorrow, at 3 p.m., we are putting up another sign, and it’s going to bigger, it’s going to be huge.”
“He got a chuckle from that,” LoBaido said.
LoBaido, who specializes in patriotic paintings featuring images of Old Glory, said Trump also “told me he knows of my work.”
“He basically called to say how proud he was of us and how much he loves Staten Island. He said, ‘You guys out there on Staten Island have my back,’” LoBaido said.
Both the NYPD and FDNY are investigating the incident as arson.