The two girls are accused of lighting a ‘Make America Great Again’ sign on fire in Princess Anne, The Hill magazine reported on Wednesday, according to hindustantimes.com.
Princess Anne deputy chief fire marshal Caryn L McMahon told the Baltimore Sun daily the reason for charging with a hate crime was that they committed arson “with discrimination or malice toward a particular group, or someone’s belief.”
“The intentional burning of these political signs, along with the beliefs, religious views and race of this political affiliation, directly coincides with the victim,” a Princess Anne police officer wrote in documents for the hate crime charge.
The girls were released on a $20,000 bond.
The sign was located on a store owned by a man who describes himself as a Trump supporter.
He said the sign has been good for business at his shop, which sells guns and other hunting supplies, the magazine added.