A campaign sign for the Biden-Harris Democratic ticket challenging incumbent US President Donald Trump has been defaced with a swastika.
The vandalism on the sign supporting former US Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, was discovered in Ankeny, Iowa.
According to a police report obtained by the Des Moines Register, the candidates’ names on the yard sign were covered in white paint, and a red swastika was painted over them.
Neighbors of the property where the incident occurred told police that the painting was probably done on Monday night or in the early hours of Tuesday.
In the past six months, there have been four reports to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office of campaign signs being damaged. In one instance, a sign was set aflame north of the town of Bondurant. However, none of the previous vandalism incidents involved swastikas or any similar symbols or messages.
Sgt. Ryan Evans, a spokesperson for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, said no suspects have yet been identified.
“That’s obviously extreme,” Evans said. “It could be construed as a hate crime, which does elevate the severity.”