Graffiti in San Diego: ‘Murder Trump ASAP’; No complaints filed

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Graffiti along a freeway in San Diego, California, reads, “Murder Trump ASAP.” (Screengrab: NBC San Diego)

On Saturday, NBC Los Angeles reported that graffiti found on a wall on the shoulder of Interstate 8 in San Diego reads, “Murder Trump ASAP.”  As of 10 p.m. Pacific Time Saturday night, the report adds, no complaints had been filed.

According to the report:

NBC 7 was made aware of the graffiti on Saturday and confirmed its existence at around 7:50 p.m. PST. It is unknown how long the graffiti has been up.

Criminal defense lawyer Vik Monder told NBC 7 that the person behind the graffiti can be prosecuted under California State Law Penal Code 422, California’s criminal threat law, only “if it was intended to entice a hate crime or criminal act.”

One has to ask: What other message could be inferred from this?

The report adds:

Monder said if it was meant to entice violence, then the culprit’s First Amendment protection is voided. A federal charge would be brought under Title 18 section 871, or Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000.

As of 10 p.m., no complaints had been filed with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office, which has acknowledged that the location of the graffiti is within its jurisdiction.

Here’s video, courtesy of NBC San Diego:

“I’m disappointed,” said local resident Rex McNeil. “Not even being a citizen, I’m extremely disappointed that we would have that. We have freedom of speech but you can’t just say and do anything you’d like to do. There are still limits as far as that’s concerned and this is definitely over the line.”

“I’m shocked,” added Jeremy Axelson. “I don’t want my kids to see something like that on their way going to school, why do we want to, why do we want to murder the president?”

Why?  As I’ve said since February 2011, liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of rage and hate.  Threats and calls to murder the president are nothing new, as we’ve reported time and again.  Sadly, the left has made this kind of rhetoric acceptable.  It’s only a matter of time before some deranged lunatic actually tries to murder the president…


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