Donald Trump's name and swastikas spray-painted at Baltimore construction site
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- A Baltimore man was taken aback after discovering a spray-painted message of Donald Trump's last name with two swastikas at a Greektown construction site last week.
Stu Baxley happened upon the vandalized pile of wood while walking his dog last Friday near the Ryan Homes construction site at Fait Ave. and South Macon St.
"Back in the 1980's I spent six years in Berlin, Germany," said Baxley, a Trump supporter. "My wife is German. It's just outrageous."
The message comes as Trump continues to make controversial comments about illegal immigrants, Muslims and refugees.
Baxley said he complained to a construction manager who told him, "That's just how they feel," and walked away without explaining who 'they' were.
According to Baxley, the message was still visible Wednesday night. After FOX45 started asking questions to Ryan Homes, a reporter noticed the pile of wood had been pushed to the ground.
"I'm sure Ryan Homes didn't endorse this," said Baxley. "I would hope not but to have it associated with this revitalization is crazy."
FOX45 asked Ryan Homes if the company was aware of the spray-painted swastikas but was not given any comment from Ryan Homes or from its parent company, NVR, Inc.
A Baltimore Police spokesperson said detectives had not received any calls about the vandalism and that the department sent an officer to investigate after FOX45 asked about the vandalism.
A spokesperson for the Anti-Defamation League released a statement regarding the spray-painted message.
"It's hard to be certain of the specific motivation or even the exact message behind this graffiti but the swastika is a powerful and shocking symbol of hate that strikes fear within the Jewish community and beyond," said Eric Wachter, the Associate Director of the Anti-Defamation League's Washington, DC Regional Office. "We find its use to make a political statement offensive and absolutely unacceptable."