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Brooklyn Park Defaced With Swastikas, Pro-Trump Graffiti

A general view of the atmosphere during the renaming of Palmetto Playground as Adam Yauch Park on May 3, 2013, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

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A Brooklyn park dedicated to the Beastie Boys’ late member Adam “MCA” Yauch was vandalized with graffiti of swastikas and a pro-Donald Trump slogan on Friday. New York City Councilman Brad Lander tweeted a photo of the graffiti that included the words “Go Trump!” at the park in Brooklyn Heights. “Yet more hatred & anti-Semitism from Trump supporters,” Lander wrote on Twitter. All three members of the Beastie Boys were Jewish.

“Adam Yauch is weeping for our country. Mom was Jewish. Practiced Buddhism. Spoke out against Islamophobia. Apologized for homophobic lyrics,” Lander added.

The Beastie Boys also criticized the graffiti on Twitter and called on fans to join an anti-hate rally on Sunday. “Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC, or America,” the Beastie Boys wrote. “Join us on Sunday to stand against hate messages.”

Although several Trump supporters criticized Lander for assuming that fans of the president-elect were responsible for the vandalism, the local politician pointed out that he also didn’t disavow them. “Trump took time to condemn the thoughtful plea of the @HamiltonMusical cast,” Lander wrote. “But not the swastikas in his name in a Brooklyn playground.”

There has been a wave of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti—including a surprisingly large number of Swastikas—since Trump was elected president. And New York hasn’t been immune. A swastika was spray-painted on a sidewalk in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, on Sunday morning and a commuter took a photo of a swastika spray-painted on a Manhattan-bound B train on Thursday.