Democratic leader says prankster family members are ‘gonna get it’

Margie Boilanger poses next to a car bearing the campaign slogan and other statements for President Donald J. Trump's 2020 re-election campaign was placed in her front yard as a prank by her grandchildren in Hope, Ind., Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Mike Wolanin | The Republic

HOPE — A practical joke didn’t result in many laughs west of Schaefer Lake Thursday morning.

That’s where Margie Boulanger found an unusual discovery in her front yard off County Road 825E — an older, tan-colored Dodge Intrepid covered with banners and spray-paint promoting President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.

Boulanger, who works for the Bartholomew County Democratic Party, says she was especially troubled by the discovery after recently learning about local residents who were vandalized after posting “Joe Biden for President” yard signs.

“I know this was supposed to be a joke,” Boulanger said. “But this was not appreciated in our front yard.”

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The investigation had barely gotten underway before the mystery was solved. A relative revealed to a law enforcement agent that a younger family member did it as a practical joke.

Upon being told only it was a relative, Boulanger said she knows exactly who was responsible.

“And boy, they are gonna get it,” she said.