A 20-foot-long, spray-painted call for people to “Kill Your Local Trump Supporter” on the side of a Mission Hill building will be investigated by Boston police, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said.
“We don’t take threats against any of our residents lightly, and the Boston Police Department is investigating this threat,” Walsh said about the graffiti that was spotted yesterday morning on the side of the Tufts University School of the Museum of Fine Arts, housing an art studio and exhibition space on St. Alphonsus Street.
“As we head towards Election Day, I encourage all residents to share their views in a peaceful, respectful way, and to make their voices heard through their vote,” Walsh said.
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A Tufts spokesman said in a statement, “We condemn this kind of threatening language, which has no place on our buildings or campuses. The graffiti was covered shortly after we were made aware of it. We will continue to work with public safety officials to investigate this matter.”
Department spokesman Stephen McNulty said police “will have adequate safety measures and resources in place to ensure the safety of all our polling stations across the city of Boston.”
A Donald Trump backer whose St. Alphonsus Street bedroom overlooks the School of the Museum of Fine Arts property commented the threat — which he didn’t take personally — strikes him as more sad than scary.
“I’ll get over it, but it shows that people like to provoke things,” said Mike Marenna, 21, a Republican from Connecticut who is a student at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services.
The graffiti was written in white letters approximately 20 feet long. The building, which houses studio and exhibition space, is situated opposite a park dedicated to the late Democratic state Rep. Kevin W. Fitzgerald.
State Rep. Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman), Trump’s state campaign co-chairman, said neither “hell or high water” will deter the candidate’s followers from voting tomorrow.
Still, he said, “To actually advocate for killing someone is beyond the pale. It’s been a disturbing trend in this presidential cycle that there’s been people recruited from the left to attack Trump rallies and now we’re seeing what is turning into desperation on the side of the Clinton campaign to bully Trump voters into not coming out on Tuesday.”
Marenna, meanwhile, has proudly hung a GOP banner in a window of his apartment for weeks. “I know it’s just an election, but we’re all still human,” he said. “Why can’t we all just get along?”
Sam Lovett-Perkins, 21, a nursing major at Northeastern University and a Hillary Clinton supporter who passed the graffiti yesterday, bristled at the threat to Trump backers.
“I think it’s ridiculous. It’s violent and unnecessary,” Lovett-Perkins said. “It’s outrageous where we’ve gotten to as a nation. I think everyone has an equal right to live happy and free, and this is definitely against that.”
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