Two swastikas were spray-painted on the window of a building in South Philadelphia Wednesday morning, in an apparent acknowledgement of President-elect Donald Trump’s Election Day victory.
Under one of the swastikas, the tagger had written “Sieg Heil 2016.” Sieg Heil, or “hail victory” in German, was a common chant at Nazi rallies in the 1930s.
Another swastika replaced the “T” in “TRUMP.”
Two swastikas painted on Philadelphia building today – one appears to replace the ‘T’ in the word “Trump” https://t.co/q1h9fk98w9
— Brian Nolan (@BrianNolan1974) November 9, 2016
As Philly.com noted, the graffiti appeared on the 78th anniversary of the 1938 Kristallnacht attacks on Jews in Germany.
The report also noted similarly racist and anti-semitic graffiti nearby, including on “multiples autos and houses” on a nearby block of South 6th Street, citing a police spokesperson.
Just days before Election Day, the founder of the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer told Politico that he and representatives of another website, The Right Stuff, would jointly send “an Army of Alt-Right nationalists to watch the polls” in cities like Philadelphia. Still, those claims were suspected to be little more than “trolling” from the white supremacists.
“I was pretty sure he knew it was bullshit,” Mike Enoch, owner of The Right Stuff told the Daily Caller later of the Politico reporter. “But was then just going along with it for the fun of it, but it wasn’t until the sixth response that he sent that I realized he was going to go ahead and print this crap.”