A supporter of President Trump has been charged with criminal mischief and breach of the peace after he littered an elementary school playground with anti-Trump graffiti in a “false flag” effort to discredit liberals.
Steven Marks, 32, rode his bicycle to the Morley Elementary School on the night of June 15 and scrawled anti-Trump graffiti on benches, playground equipment and other areas of the school.
Responding officers say the graffiti, apparently scrawled with a green permanent marker, was vulgar in nature.
Marks allegedly wrote “Kill Trump,” “Left is the best,” “Bernie Sanders 2020” and “Death to Trump” on the playground equipment.
Police released surveillance footage to the public which clearly showed a balding white male wearing a Red Sox t-shirt and khaki shorts riding a bicycle onto the school property.
The suspect contacted police and arranged to turn himself in after seeing the surveillance footage on the local TV news.
The Hartford Courant reported that Marks told investigators he “had the dumb idea to vandalize the school with what would seem to be liberal hate speech” and was done “out of anger towards liberals and they are breaking major laws every day and being disrespectful towards our government.”
“On the record. I want to say I’m sorry,” Marks told The Courant in an interview. “It was a stupid decision. I hope nobody wants to do the same because it’s wrong.”
Marks was released on $500 bail and Judge Tammy Geathers continued the case until August, 2nd.