For the past year, conservative writer Warner Todd Huston’s home in Chicago has been under attack by vandals in what looks like an attempt to intimidate him.
Huston is a feature writer for Breitbart News and has written articles for RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, YoungConservatives.com, and a host of other conservative news sites — including his own website, Publius Forum.
The vandalism started off small. Early this year, an Army flag was pulled off his flag staff and left ripped and in pieces on his lawn.
A few weeks later, the flag he replaced it with was stolen. Next, his garage door was egged.
Then it escalated: “On the night of July 1, the U.S. Army flag that I fly in honor of my son who is in the service was scorched and on it was written in marker ‘die dogs’,” Huston wrote at Publius Forum.
After that, he filed a police report “just to be on the safe side.”
On September 24, his garage door was egged again, and someone wrote “racist” on one of the metal panels.
Huston then filed a second police report.
Late last week, Huston says, the vandalism escalated dramatically.
Huston described what happened at Publius Forum:
At about 1 AM or so on Saturday morning, I was awakened by a noise outside my home. I can’t really say what the noise was as it woke me from a deep sleep. It was just a shout that awoke me. I looked at my window and saw what struck me as a strange light outside. So, I went to the front door…
And saw my car interior on fire…
The surface of my passenger seat was set aflame and the entire interior of the car destroyed. Fortunately it isn’t a new car (it’s a 1999 Oldsmobile 88). But unfortunately, because it is so old I never put it on comprehensive coverage leaving it only at liability coverage. So, insurance won’t cover this destruction and I am now without a car.
Naturally the police became involved, but they say they won’t classify it as arson because they don’t have any evidence to show for it. A plastic pop bottle and cap was left inside by who ever did this. It smelled of gas to me.
Police wondered if I smoked in the car. I don’t smoke cigarettes and only occasionally smoke a cigar but NEVER in a car. If you’ve ever smoked a cigar you know that doing so in a car is a messy, ashy endeavor. I don’t do it. So, there is nothing that should have set my car on fire 7 hours after I last drove it. Also, it was the surface of the seats that went up in flames. Nothing electrical any where near the burn zone.
Chicago is home to many far-left groups, but these attempts to intimidate Huston could also be the work of a “lone wolf” extremist. Or it could be punks in the neighborhood who don’t like his politics.
As a conservative journalist, Huston writes about a variety of subjects important to conservatives such as Islam and immigration. PJ Media asked him if he has written anything about antifa in recent months. He replied: “Sure have.”
Still, Huston has no idea what is behind the vandalism. “I haven’t a clue who did it,” he said. “It has been a bit of a problem for most of the year. As to topics, you know me, I cover everything going on out there. I could have set off any number of people!!”
He said he’s had no problems at all with his immediate neighbors.
Huston’s son set up a GoFundMe campaign to help him get another used car to replace the one that was destroyed.