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Mural of ‘superhero’ Beto O’Rourke in Austin vandalized in just days

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.”{mosads}

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.

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