A supporter of President Donald Trump in Connecticut has been charged with criminal mischief and breach of the peace after a "false flag" effort to discredit liberals.
On the morning of June 16, Morley Elementary School Principal Ryan Cleary contacted police in West Hartford, Connecticut after elementary students found "swear words" on the playground equipment.
Responding officers found "Kill Trump," "Left is the best," "Bernie Sanders 2020" and "Death to Trump" written on a sign in the playground.
The investigation took an unexpected turn after police released surveillance video of a balding white male with a Red Sox t-shirt.
Steven Marks, 32, of West Hartford saw his likeness on local TV news and called police to turn himself in.
It turns out the suspect is a supporter of Donald Trump seeking to frame political detractors of the controversial president.
The Hartford Courant reported that Marks told investigators he "had the dumb idea to vandalize the school with what would seem to be liberal hate speech."
So-called "false flag" operations originally referred to covert naval warfare, but the term has since been expanded to refer to any effort designed to deceive observers into believing the activities were the work of enemies.
Marks also allegedly told police his crime was, "out of anger towards liberals and they are breaking major laws everyday and being disrespectful towards our government."
After getting caught breaking the law, Marks apologized.
"On the record. I want to say I'm sorry," Marks told The Courant in an interview. "It was a stupid decision. I hope nobody wants to do the same because it's wrong."
Marks was released on bail and Judge Tammy Geathers continued the case until August, 2nd.