A man accused of vandalizing a Republican Party office in Illinois over the weekend – where the words “shame” and “rape” were spray painted – boasted of his alleged crimes during a TV interview with a local news station just a few hours after he defaced the building, saying he thought the vandalism was “great” and that he’s “happy” someone chose to “tag” the building.
Timothy Damm, 42, spoke with WTVO-TV Eyewitness News at the scene where the word rape could be seen multiple times on the building behind him and told reporters, “I think it’s great. I haven’t been great with the Republicans right in my neighborhood, but somebody labeled them for what they are. I’m happy about that.”
“I’m an artist myself. It’s hard to not focus on the beauty [of the vandalism.] It’s not about that,” he continued, adding that the vandal had gotten their message across to the Republicans. “I think they did… Republican equals rape. That they support rape, they encourage rape, and if you rape someone, they will defend you.”
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According to reports, Damm was detained Sunday and taken into custody on Monday after authorities found him at the Walmart on Riverside Blvd. carrying cans of spray paint in a shopping bag.
What’s even more strange about this proud vandal is while in the police interview room, Damm chose to strip down to his underwear, began stacking chairs and furnishings, and danced on the table. Damm refused to sit in the holding room at the police station, which forced the police to restrain him by placing him in handcuffs, WTVO-TV reported.
Damm is accused of spray painting the words “shame” and “rape” on multiple sides of the Winnebago County Republican Headquarters’ facade in different colored paint. The date 9/27/18 was also painted on one side of the building, referencing the date Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in regards to her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Damm just so happened to have the same date printed on the back of his pink shirt that he wore when interviewed by the local news station:
Damm is charged with criminal defacement of property and resisting a police officer for what police say is his role in the vandalism at the Republican Party Office located at 515 N. Court Street in Rockford, Illinois. Damm faces up to three years in prison if convicted.
“There’s a large amount of passionate debate going on at this time,” Winnebago State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato said during a news conference on Tuesday. “It is inexcusable to use senseless criminal actions to advance a debate.”
Republican state Rep. John Cabello condemned the act of vandalism in a post on Facebook: “We can have our differences. We can have good-spirited debate. I hope whoever is responsible for this will be brought to justice. You are a coward for doing it unless you come forward!?”
Republican state Sen. Dave Syverson also condemned the act of vandalism on Facebook saying that the vandalism “falls under the realm of a hate crime,” although he acknowledged it fell outside the scope of the legal definition. He also speculated that “with the amount of damage around [the] entire building, it’s clear this was not done by one person [but] was planned and organized.”
The Winnebago County Republican Party also issued a statement on Sunday, placing much of the blame on Democrats who have been inciting hate against the party for months now.
Hate has no place in the political process. Violence has noplace in the political process. Our party is the party of Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, not the party that spawned the Klu Klux Klan or enforced segregation. We do not seek to capitalize on victims’ lives or memories to advance a purely political agenda, as seen in the past month by Sen. Feinstein and our own Sen. Durbin.
The Winnebago County Republican Central Committee Headquarters is located in the building in which seven women work each day. It’s the place in which over two dozen female precinct committeeman meet to fulfill their commitment to our community. They should not have to be afraid because some people could not control their hate. I would like to thank the Rockford Police and Public Works departments for their actions thus far. We now must find the perpetrators of this criminal attack promptly so they can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
There were no similar actions taken against any Democratic headquarter when Bill Clinton was accused of rape and sexual assault. I trust that the local Democrat party, through its chairman and candidates for office, have taken steps to ensure their ranks do not include these criminals. When you cannot succeed on facts or issues, you degrade to insults and violence. Is it any wonder, after months of attack ads in this state and the move toward “guilty until proven innocent” in the U.S. Senate, that this type of violence has found its way to Rockford? We call on Republicans and conservatives to take a look at these walls, and make sure to go to the polls this fall.
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