Pro-Trump Nazi Graffiti Found on Philadelphia Storefront

On 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, multiple incidents of racist vandalism reported across the city after Trump becomes president elect.

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Nazi-inspired pro-Trump graffiti found in Philadelphia on the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, November 9, 2016.
Nazi-inspired pro-Trump graffiti found in Philadelphia on the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, November 9, 2016.Credit: ADL, Twitter

Nazi-inspired, pro-Donald Trump graffiti appeared in Philadelphia on Wednesday, just hours after the President elect defeated his democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Incidentally, the attacks came precisely 78 years after Kristallnacht, the Night of the Broken Glass, that marked the beginning of Hitler's persecution of the Jews in the Holocaust.

The graffiti, first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer, was spray painted on a glass storefront and replaced the first letter in "Trump" with a swastika in one place, while reading "Seig Heil 2016" in another.

A police spokeswoman told a the Inquirer that officers were called to the 1300 block of South Broad at 10:40 A.M. after receiving a call reporting the graffiti.

The Anti-Defamation League released a statement condemning the vandalism as horrifying, and saying that "Swastikas and the Nazi salute send a message of intolerance and hate to the entire community. The fact that today is the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht adds another layer to this already sickening act."

More racist graffiti was discovered in the city, with one Twitter user posting a photo of a white SUV spray painted with the words "Black Bitch" and "Trump Rules."

The vehicle was seen at a local body shop. An employee told the Inquirer that the car had been brought in on Wednesday morning by a customer described as shaken.

Police told the Inquirer that officers had responded to multiple vandalism reports on cars and houses, including that at the auto body shop.

In one more vandalism incident, a Twitter user uploaded a photo on the corner of 6th and Carpenter showing the words "Trump rules" spray painted onto a wall.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney responded to the incidents in a statement Wednesday, saying that they "must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. In the wake of the election, Philadelphians must work tirelessly to bridge the divides that have plagued this nation for decades."

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