Graffiti calling for President Trump’s murder has turned up on a wall in San Diego.
The inflammatory phrase sprayed on a wall read: “Murder Trump ASAP.” A criminal defense lawyer, Vik Monder, told NBC 7 that the person who sprayed the graffiti could be prosecuted under California State Law, assuming it “was intended to entice a hate crime or criminal act.”
Monder also said that if the graffiti was proven to entice violence, the person behind it would lose his/her First Amendment rights. In such scenario, a federal charge would be brought under the Presidential Threat Protection Act of 2000.
Despite the visibility of the graffiti, as of Saturday no complaints had been filed with the San Diego Country Sheriff’s Office.
A local resident, Rex McNeil, told the local NBC station that while he understands freedom of speech, this particular graffiti may have crossed the line. “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.”
Another resident, Jeremy Axelson, was worried about the graffiti’s influence on children. “I’m shocked. I don’t want my kids to see something like that on their way to school. Why do we want to murder the president?”