A gay Trump supporter was arrested for a second time after smearing paint across the Black Lives Matter mural in front of Trump Tower.
Mark-David Hutt, of Rochester, New York, was arrested by the NYPD on July 25 and 26, as one of at least eight people to be detained for vandalizing the city-installed mural.
Video of the vandalism on Sunday shows the 31-year-old crawling on his knees while using his bare hands to smudge the paint over the yellow letters.
An NYPD officer is heard instructing Hutt that he must stop,
“Sir, step up sir! You need to stop!”
Hutt ignores the officer’s warnings several times and is eventually placed in handcuffs. It took four officers to get Hutt to comply.
NYPD Detective Denise Moroney told The Washington Post that Hutt was charged with criminal mischief.
Hutt reportedly defaced the Black Lives Matter mural with paint on both Saturday and Sunday of last week.
Hutt took to Facebook to share a trove of videos and images of him painting over the mural. In one video post, he wrote:
“Saturday, I splashed Red. Sunday, I splashed White. & on Monday…”
he wrote, attacking the NYC mayor for approving the mural.
“Mayor Bill de Blasio has ruined NYC & has put a target on the backs of NYPD’s finest. We need to STAND UP and take our country back. #BlueLivesMatter.”
Hutt identified himself as the founder of the so-called LGBTrump group and has several posts, both on his personal and LGBTrump page, making disparaging comments towards de Blasio and Democrats. One post read,
“The #BlackLivesMatter ‘mural’ is nothing more than a Democrat campaign billboard intended to cause more division in America.”
One meme shared by Hutt smeared the Black Lives Matter movement, claiming it was no different than the KKK.
I’m not surprised or mad anymore. This is what losing looks like, on your hands and knees in the middle of the street, pushing paint around. Pathetic! pic.twitter.com/ShvwKkDt4K— TRUST 🌊 (@TRUST_BRENT) July 31, 2020
(via The Gaily Grind)