Kentucky county Democratic Party headquarters vandalized with messages disparaging Ocasio-Cortez

A Kentucky county’s Democratic Party headquarters was vandalized with graffiti over the weekend that disparaged Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez rips de Blasio after police cruiser drives into crowd of protestors NYPD police cruisers lurch through group of demonstrators protesting Floyd's death States respond with force amid another night of protests MORE (D-N.Y.).

News outlet WDRB reports the Jefferson County Democratic Party was vandalized with white spray paint Sunday that included the messages "TREASON DEM," "WITCH HUNT" and "RACIST AOC.”


The building serves as the headquarters for the Louisville Democratic Party, which is located in Jefferson County. The group issued a statement Sunday condemning the vandalism.

"This kind of hate filled graffiti is an unfortunate symptom of today's environment where folks won't come together for honest debate and discourse. Free speech is about buying a billboard with your options, not vandalizing a building with graffiti,” the statement read.

"We are not intimidated by this act and it only serves to strengthen our resolve in standing up for true democracy.”

The Kentucky Republican Party also put out a statement condemning the hateful messages.

"We condemn vandalism — it is never acceptable. While rhetoric and tensions may run high, especially in an election year, there are far more constructive ways for people to express their views,”  the statement read, according to WDRB.

The graffiti comes after President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE in a series of tweets lashed out at "the squad,” made up of Ocasio-Cortez and Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar says some protestors 'felt terrorized by the presence of tanks,' National Guard Sunday shows preview: Leaders weigh in as country erupts in protest over George Floyd death House Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPelosi: George Floyd death is 'a crime' Overnight Defense: Pentagon memo warns pandemic could go until summer 2021 | Watchdog finds Taliban violence is high despite US deal | Progressive Dems demand defense cuts Progressives demand defense budget cuts amid coronavirus pandemic MORE (D-Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHouse Democrats unveil measure to condemn police brutality Warren's VP bid faces obstacle: Her state's Republican governor Democrats blast CDC report on minorities and COVID-19 MORE (D-Mass.).

After setting off a media firestorm and facing accusations of racism for telling the four lawmakers to “go back” to "the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came," Trump doubled down and called them a “racist group of troublemakers.”

The four minority progressive lawmakers are all U.S. citizens and three of them were born in the country. Only Omar was born elsewhere, as she came to the U.S. at the age of 12 as a refugee after fleeing Somalia.

The “witch hunt” message on the building is a reference to what Trump often calls former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The news outlet reports Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating the vandalism.