NH Trump Monument Vandalized
CONCORD, NH — Someone smashed a Donald Trump monument in Concord Friday morning and police have launched an investigation. The stone block, pictured above in pieces, commemorates Trump’s 2016 primary win in the Granite State. The block is located on Park Street downtown at the New Hampshire Presidential Primary Historic Marker on the state library lawn near the state house.
“Sometime this morning someone smashed it and completely destroyed it,” New Hampshire State Police Trooper Dan Livingstone told Patch. The incident happened between about 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. and it appeared the perpetrator used a hammer to break the block into more than a half-dozen pieces.
The marker includes a row of similar stones with the names of past primary winners from each party. Trump’s stone is adjacent to Bernie Sanders’ stone, which was unscathed. Down the line are stones for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, the 2012 New Hampshire primary winners.
No arrests have been made as of Saturday afternoon and police are welcoming tips from the public. Anyone with information can contact New Hampshire State Police at 603-271-1162. Anonymous tips can be directed to 603-223-3860 or email@example.com.
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Trump’s block reads “Donald J. Trump 2016” and has an elephant for the Republican Party.
Officers are reviewing security camera footage in an attempt to identify the suspect and state security officials are considering measures to prevent future acts of vandalism. The stone is expected to be replaced.
The vandalism was first reported by WMUR’s David Sakowich, who posted a photo of the smashed stone (below).
In similar acts of vandalism, Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star in California has been smashed twice and city officials are considering removing the star to prevent future incidents:
The New Hampshire Presidential Primary Historic Marker can be seen in the Google Street View image below. The green sign marker and the row of stones for the primary winners can be seen in the library lawn about a foot from the sidewalk and parallel to the street. Trump’s stone is closest to the green marker.
Photo credit: New Hampshire State Police