Trump Supporter Admits to Vandalizing Elementary School in Order to Frame 'Liberals'
A Connecticut man who scrawled anti-Trump graffiti on the walls of a local elementary school has been revealed to be a Trump supporter who intended to frame leftists with “liberal hate speech.”
According to the Hartford Courant, surveillance footage from the evening of June 15 captured 32-year-old Steven Marks writing profane messages on the walls of Morley Elementary School with a green Sharpie. The messages included, “Kill Trump,” “Death to Trump,” “Bernie Sanders 2020” and “Left is the best.”
After footage and Marks’ picture were released by law enforcement June 19, Marks turned himself in to the police and confessed, according to Buzzfeed News. He was charged with second-degree breach of peace and third-degree criminal mischief. The Courant reports that Marks told police he vandalized the school property “out of ‘anger towards liberals’” and said liberals “are breaking major laws every day and being disrespectful towards our government.” Marks also admitted that he intended his crimes to appear as though they were perpetrated by people on the left.
West Hartford Police spokesman Lieutenant Eric Rocheleau told Buzzfeed News that Marks regretted his actions.
"He said the reason he did do it was to show support towards Trump by having the other side bash him, to show how the other side is basically crazy enough to go and write stuff on a school playground,” Rocheleau said.
Following the incident, the Courant reports that Marks sent an email of apology to the elementary school principal, with a letter he hoped would be sent to parents. Marks has since been court-ordered to stay off the school property. His next hearing is set for August 2.
In an interview with the Courant, Marks said he was sorry for his actions.
“It was just a stupid thing I did at the time,” Marks told the Courant. “It was stupid, stupid, stupid.”