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Maryland women charged with hate crime after Trump sign burned

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A view of a fire-damaged campaign sign along Carole Lane in Princess Anne, Md., Saturday, April 15, 2017. Officials have charged two women from the Baltimore area in connection with the burning of a billboard promoting President Trump. (Deborah Gates/The Daily Times via AP)

Two Maryland women have been charged with a hate crime after being accused of burning a "make America great again" sign.

Princess Anne police charged D'Asia R. Perry and Joy M. Shuford with second-degree arson and committing a hate crime, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Caryn L. McMahon said the arson was committed "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 police officer wrote in charging documents.

The sign supporting President Trump has hung outside a sporting goods store since September. Jamie Wink, the store owner's son, said the sign has been good for business.

The arson caused $800 in damage, the fire marshal's office said.

The 19-year-old women were released on a $20,000 bond.