Vandalism at the Daniel Island home of U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace and three nearby parks in the affluent Charleston suburb is being investigated by local police.
A Charleston Police Department incident report said Mace left her home Saturday night and returned the next morning to find the suspected vandalism on her front sidewalk and on the stucco foundation of her house.
The phrases “No gods, no masters,” “All politicians are bastards,” “Fuck you Nancy” and “Pass the PRO Act” were painted in black spray paint, along with anarchy symbols that Mace described as “Antifa symbols” — a reference to anti-fascist left-wing activists commonly vilified by conservative politicians. In March, Mace joined most Republicans to vote against the Protecting the Right to Organize (P.R.O.) Act, a bill that expands protections for workers exploring union organization.
“There is a significant difference between nonviolent protests, and criminal acts of intimidation and vandalism,” Mace said in a statement Tuesday. “We should all be able to feel safe in our own homes, regardless of our political beliefs.”
Police were also called to investigate incidents of vandalism at three Daniel Island parks nearby, where police say graffiti included “F- DI MOMS,” “MAGA,” “BLACK LIVES MATTER” and an image that was described as “a penis symbol.”
Police said early Tuesday that no suspects had been identified.
The reports of Daniel Island vandalism came around the same time as damage was reported to the monument to Denmark Vesey in Hampton Park downtown.
“These cowardly acts of vandalism are not who we are and they will not be tolerated,” Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg said in a statement. “Here in Charleston, we don’t deface monuments and we don’t vandalize people’s homes. Basic human decency is not a political issue – and people who don’t understand that will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”