Washington Monument Vandalized With Profanity

The Washington Monument was temporarily closed after a man vandalized the national landmark on Tuesday evening with profanities written in red paint, according to U.S. Park

Police. The unnamed male suspect was taken into custody last night after splashing the west base of the historical monument with red paint and writing a vulgar message.

“Have u been f——- by this,” it said. “Gov says tough s—-.” The National Park Service’s conservationists began the restoration process early Wednesday morning. The process

will likely involve multiple treatments over the course of two to three weeks, according to a spokesperson. Cleanup crews arrived by 6 a.m. ET on Wednesday to begin taping

off the area and washing the paint off the monument. When completed in 1884, the Washington Monument was the world’s tallest manmade structure, though it was topped by the

Eiffel Tower just five years later. In 2011, the Washington Monument was closed temporarily after being damaged by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake. It reopened in May 2014.

Tuesday’s vandalism was not the first time monuments on the National Mall have been defaced. Over the Presidents’ Day holiday in February 2017, the Washington

Monument, Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial were damaged by graffiti rendered in black permanent marker. And in the summer of 2020, during protests following the

murder of George Floyd, vandals wrote on the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial and the Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski statue in Freedom Plaza.