New Paltz, which in many ways, is still living in the 60's- it's the school of artfags, hippies, progessives, and liberals. It's the town where the mayor is Green Party and was giving out SSM licenses.
So I guess in Phelpsie's mind, this is a place crying out for him.
In my mind, he's gonna show up to a gallows.
Waaaaaiiit... I wanna have a little of fun. Who wants to set up a faux gallows or bonfire and be his "supporters"? Let's be as blatantly evil as we can, as rampantly homophobic and biblical as possible about it.
That'll be hella more fun than insulting him- it's played out.