While hating America is a byproduct of many of our institutions of higher learning, a result of the neo-Marxist propaganda that dominates college campuses, the defacing of the Washington Monument on Tuesday may be the work of someone with mental health challenges.
Or a person with a serious grievance.
Fox 5 DC reporter Katie Barlow shared a photo on social media of a graffiti message spray painted in red on the 555-foot obelisk completed in 1888 that read: “Have you been f*cked by this? Gov says tough sh*t.”
Nightly monument report. Someone has painted the the side with red paint. There is an individual in cuffs off to the side and police have blocked the area out to the grass. @fox5dc pic.twitter.com/s9HD84kPS0
— Katie Barlow (@katieleebarlow) September 20, 2022
It’s impossible to speculate what may have prompted the vandal to go to such lengths, but he didn’t bother to skedaddle — or didn’t have time. Either way, a person was detained. Barlow shared a video of police taking the culprit into custody:
— Katie Barlow (@katieleebarlow) September 21, 2022
U.S. Park Police issued the following statement: “Alert: Area around base of the Washington Monument temporarily closed. USPP have adult male in custody for vandalism. NPS conservators will work on restoration process.”
Surprisingly, a member of the media took offense to the defacing of a monument built to commemorate George Washington, the first president of the United States whom school children were once taught was the “Father of our Country.”
WUSA9 anchor/reporter Adam Longo tweeted: “This is why we can’t have nice things. Some freedom loathing scumbag has defaced the Washington Monument with paint and vulgarities.”
— Adam Longo (@adamlongoTV) September 21, 2022
For what it’s worth, former President Donald Trump signed an executive order in June 2020 and he announced during a speech at Mount Rushmore that people who damage or deface federal statues or monuments “will get a minimum of 10 years in prison.”
Of course, that was then and this is now. As one social media user noted, the vandal is more likely to be released without bail.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story that drove a lot of passion from Twitter:
Caution: Strong Language.
Or no cash bail and he’s back in his Winnebago with full city services and no property tax bill by tomorrow morning…
— █H█E█L█L█O█ (@doubleuteaeff) September 21, 2022
Catch and release
— ꂵꉓꁅ (@clutchkilroy) September 21, 2022
Make that a$$wipe clean it up with his tongue
— Hugh Brist (@Hugh_Brist) September 21, 2022
Some little antifa bitch
— Jason Walk (@JasonWalk14) September 21, 2022
10k fine, 3yrs probation and 1000 hours community service removing graffiti by hand all over DC sounds about right.
— Bill A. (@billa8084) September 21, 2022
DC needs to get serious about the graffiti issue. I know there are bigger fish to fry but it really makes the city look awful. There should be serious fines, probation and significant community service aspects to every violation.
— Jack Smith (@jacksmith023) September 21, 2022
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