Michigan police are investigating after graves in a Jewish cemetery were desecrated with graffiti with the words “Trump” and “MAGA” on the eve of the election.
Grand Rapids police received reports on Monday of several gravestones in the Ahavas Achim Cemetery that were vandalized.
The graves were painted with pro-trump slogans when the president held his last campaign rally of 2020 in Grand Rapids on Monday night.
The Grand Rapid Police Department said it is conducting an investigation, but has not recovered any evidence from the scene and currently has no suspects.
“We are appalled by the reported desecration of tombstones at the Israeli Ahavas cemetery in Grand Rapids,” the Michigan branch of the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement.
“We are in close contact with the Jewish community and law enforcement agencies to investigate this vandalism”.
The Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus said the “heinous act” had been committed on the eve of the election to “send an intimidating message to the president’s opponents and especially to Jewish voters.
Cary Fleischer, regional chairman of the Michigan Democratic Jewish Caucus in Grand Rapids, said: “This attack on our Jewish community in Grand Rapids speaks volumes about the election our country faces [on Tuesday].
“It is long overdue to elect leaders who care about the communities they serve, who uphold the rule of law and stand against hatred and violent extremism – and who do not fan the flames.
The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) also offers a $1,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to arrest and conviction.
“We urge state law enforcement agencies to investigate the recent desecration of the Jewish cemetery as a hate crime,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “The holy places of people of faith must be protected from vandalism designed to spread fear and intimidation.
The Grand Rapids Police Department was asked to comment.
Michigan is considered one of the most important swing states that could decide who wins the election between Trump and Joe Biden this year.
According to a recent survey conducted by Research Co., Biden currently has an eight-point lead over Trump (53 percent vs. 45 percent) in the polls.
In 2016, Trump defeated Hilary Clinton by just 0.2 percent, the smallest lead in Michigan’s history and the smallest lead in the 2016 election overall.
Trump’s victory was the first election since 1988 in which Michigan did not vote for a Democrat.