PHOENIX — In yet another sign of the ugliness that has plagued this election season, somebody vandalized a Phoenix billboard touting Donald Trump.
The billboard is off Interstate 10 near Jefferson Street, south of Sky Harbor International Airport.
The Penguin Air & Plumbing News chopper showed us the vandalism — several spray-painted swastikas along the bottom of the sign.
The swastika — a hooked cross — is an ancient religious symbol that was adopted by the German Nazi Party as part of its emblem.
The symbol originally was one of good fortune. Swastika is actually a Sanskrit word for “well-being,” according to Holocaust Teacher Resource Center.
“It also is considered to be a representation of the sun and is associated with the worship of Aryan sun gods,” according to the site. “It is a symbol in both Jainism and Buddhism, as well as a Nordic runic emblem and a Navajo sign.”
“Even today, the swastika is a common symbol across Asia, used by Hindus, Buddhists, and adherents of other religions, where it is often associated with good fortune,” according to the Anti-Defamation League, which maintains an extensive database of hate symbols.
It was only in recent history that the swastika acquired its status as a hate symbol — perhaps the hate symbol.
“The murderous legacy of the Nazi regime, especially the Holocaust, permanently converted the swastika into a symbol of hate, anti-Semitism and infamy,” reads ADL.org’s page about the swastika. ” Since 1945, the swastika has served as the most significant and notorious of hate symbols, anti-Semitism and white supremacy for most of the world outside of Asia.”
Some, perhaps most notably Stephen Colbert, have compared Trump to a Nazi.
The Republican nominee for president also has been depicted as a Nazi in Atlanta street graffiti.