Long-shot ‘Christian Party’ presidential candidate who wants to ban gays from TV arrested for stalking ex-wife
A Tennessee man who is running for president to jail adulterers and keep gays off TV has been arrested for stalking his ex-wife.
Richard “Darrell” Trigg, of Rogersville, was charged with criminal trespassing and telephone harassment after his former spouse told police he has been sitting outside her home in his Jeep Cherokee, reported the Times News.
The ex-wife filed private protection warrants twice in 2012 against Trigg, but both counts were dropped in 2013 after prosecutors declined to pursue the case.
Trigg spent about a half hour in jail after his Jan. 11 arrest.
The 56-year-old Trigg announced his candidacy for the Christian Party during a 2014 National Day of Prayer celebration in his hometown, promising to amend the U.S. Constitution to end the “separation of church and state” and recognize Christianity as the official religion.
He also vowed that schools would begin each day with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, and he also promised to end the legal recognition of homosexuality and to ban nudity, profanity, blasphemy and LGBT people from television.
Trigg sprinkled in some populist ideas in his platform — including expanded education budgets, increased teacher pay and a cap on executive pay for publicly traded corporations at $300,000 a year.
The long-shot candidate says on his website that he married his wife in 1987, but he declines to mention they divorced in 2013.
Trigg is not officially listed as a candidate in Tennessee, and the Christian Party has not sought official status with the state.
However, Trigg has until August to officially file for those recognitions.