A mural depicting Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) as a superhero that was unveiled in Austin several days ago was vandalized this weekend.

Artist Chris Rogers shared a photo of the mural, which he had worked on for weeks, on Instagram Saturday evening after it was defaced with spray-painted graffiti.

Initially, the mural, located in East Austin, featured the Democrat in front of a Texas flag with his shirt unbuttoned, revealing the letter “B,” reminiscent to that of Superman’s “S.”


Now, Rogers’s mural has been defaced phrases like "El Paso gentrifier supports Israel" and "No hero” spray-painted onto the artwork in red and white.

Timothy Bresson, a local resident who lives near the mural, told The Austin American-Statesman he’s seen many murals go up in the area but hasn’t seen much of them vandalized. 

“You have a right to free speech so you’re allowed to voice your opinion,” he said. “But this is vandalism. It’s a criminal act.” 

Now, a sign hangs over part of Rogers’s mural, reading: “Vote now love trumps hate.” 

The hotly contested race between O’Rourke and Republican incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz is currently rated a “toss-up” by the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. 

The Texas Republican is currently leading O’Rourke by nearly 7 points, according to a RealClearPolitics average of recent polls.