A portrait of former President Ronald Reagan was defaced by a vandal during a break-in at a county Republican Party headquarters in North Carolina, with the culprit drawing offensive imagery on the mural that housed the image of Reagan in a cowboy hat.
The break-in, which was reported last week, saw an unidentified person kick down the door to the Wayne County GOP HQ in downtown Goldsboro. There, a wall mural which also includes the North Carolina flag and an image of the World Trade Center burning on September 11 was targeted for obscene graffiti.
According to Wayne County GOP Chairman Brenth Heath, the vandal “scratched out the word ‘Republican’ and replaced it with a misspelled variation of an offensive slur used to describe gay people. The person also wrote ‘(Expletive Trump and da opps,” The News & Observer reported.
No items were stolen from the premises and nothing other than the mural was damaged. “It appears to me that their motive was to get in and deface that mural,” Heath said.
Police are currently investigating the crime, but no leads have yet been reported. The break-in marks the latest incident involving an attack on a Republican Party office in North Carolina this year; in October, the Orange County Republican headquarters in Hillsborough was firebombed, while pro-Trump banners at the N.C. GOP’s headquarters were slashed in the wake of the election.
In a statement, NC GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse condemned the rash of anti-GOP crimes, insisting that they “are not acts of speech, they are acts of destruction and violence” and encouraging party offices to call on law enforcement to investigate.