A man spray-painted “Black Lives Matter” and “No Justice, No Peace” on the new Trump International Hotel in D.C. Saturday afternoon.
"It's not right, it's illegal," said Ken West, as he walked past the building.
Pieces of plywood covered the graffiti Sunday afternoon, but video spreading on social media showed the man tagging the building and walking away. The graffiti was drawn on the hotel’s side entrance on 12th Street NW.
"I do believe Black Lives Matter, but I don't think that's the way of going about Black Lives Matter, I mean it’s somebody else’s property," said Anifa Mackie.
According to D.C. Police, the man spray painted the hotel just after 4:00 p.m. Saturday. No suspects have been identified.
The vandalism comes as racial tension is front and center in the presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
"Although Trump has done some bad things I still don't think they should have graffited it, and I am a Trump supporter," said Wanda Stevenson, who supports the Black Lives Matter movement.
At only 13-years-old, Stevenson is not old enough to vote, but she’s rooting for the Republican nominee. Her mother, on the other hand, supports Clinton. Both mom and daughter said vandalizing property is not the way to protest.
'If you have opposition to something then don't destroy property, do peaceful things not damaging things," said Sherice Stevenson.
The hotel officially opened in September with a soft opening, and a grand opening is set for later this month. Donald Trump’s real-estate company signed a 60-year lease with the federal government to convert the historic Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue into a hotel.
Trump supporters said they hope the vandal is caught.
"I just don't agree with going against the law to protest, you don't have to you can protest peacefully," said Larry Oney, who lives in Northeast Ohio.
Patricia Tang, director of sales and marketing for the Trump International Hotel in D.C., said, “The matter is under investigation and we have no comment at this time.”