Tacky Halloween decorations can be found in neighborhoods throughout America in October, but not all of them cause as much conflict as Fabian Vergara’s Donald Trump tombstone has.
Vergara has a tombstone set up in his yard that reads “D. Trump Burn in Hell.” It made one of his neighbors so upset that Vergara said she told him to go back to his country (he’s from Ecuador).
“Fabian needs to be removed from the neighborhood,” said the neighbor, Theresa Gucciardo-Perry.
Almost resolved, but not quite
Gucciardo-Perry approached Vergara after seeing the decoration to voice her displeasure, and Vergara said he initially planned to take it down, but changed his mind when she told him to leave the neighborhood.
“That’s not fair,” Vergara said. “That’s not the right way to treat me, like that.”
Gucciardo-Perry isn’t buying that story, however, saying she doesn’t believe he ever intended to take it down.
An initial report from News 12 Westchester said Vergara was initially apologetic, but the conversation escalated into a political argument.
Below is a video that shows some of their argument, which shows Gucciardo-Perry telling Vergara he can leave the country if he doesn't like how things are in America (the argument clip starts at the 40-second mark):
‘Get the hell out’
Gucciardo-Perry said she had welcomed Vergara to the neighborhood when he moved in less than a year ago, but after this stunt she no longer speaks so warmly of her neighbor.
“Is this about Halloween or about you making a political statement?” Gucciardo-Perry said. “You don’t like it here? Get the hell out.”
Vergara maintains that the decoration is a harmless joke.
“I’m doing it for fun,” Vergara said. “It was a joke. I like Halloween, so I don’t see anything wrong with that. It’s a free country.”
Think of the children
Gucciardo-Perry said she believes the decoration is inappropriate for children to see, and said it tarnishes her efforts to teach her sons good values.
Gucciardo-Perry is a Trump supporter, and also the widow of White Plains police Detective Michael Perry, who died of a heart attack in 2010.
“I fight for what I believe,” Gucciardo-Perry said.