A Washington D.C. Free Little Library dedicated to former First Lady Michelle Obama was repeatedly vandalized by one or more pro-Trump supporters. The free neighborhood book exchange holds a small plaque reading:
In Honor of Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama. Lawyer, writer, and First Lady of the United States.
Maureen Dolan-Galaviz, who created the library, says it was damaged numerous times including broken glass and scrawling Trump’s name over Obama’s. Galaviz doesn’t understand why the attacks keep occurring. She told The Washington Post:
Who would do that? If there is one thing that should be off limits it’s the idea that we all deserve access to books.
Her neighbors agree. Debby Hanrahan added:
I’ve never seen the vandal. None of us have time to stand guard and protect it. We are a neighbourhood of writers and readers. For somebody to have something out for a little library, I just can’t fathom it.
Dolan-Galaviz admitted the creation of the neighborhood library was an act of resistance to the election of Donald Trump to the White House. She says:
I think the whole city was reeling from the realisation that the Obamas were going to be out. This was a way of saying, ‘We are still here.’ It was a little act of, not rebellion, but standing our ground.
The Free Little Library project was set up in 2009. Since then communities and neighborhoods across the United States and 88 countries have created free book exchanges.
Twitter users were both annoyed and slightly amused.
— Jerry Stephens (@jstephens0) November 26, 2018
Trump wouldn't know what to do with a library of any type. What an insult to Michelle Obama.
— Kitty🤢🤮😱 (@Moordairdachs) November 26, 2018
If it were Trump's what would be in it? Certainly no books he does not read.
— Arthur W Walsh (@desprdo39) November 26, 2018
I say all picture books
— Laurie Passmore (@laurieblase) November 26, 2018
As if Trump has ever been in a library…
— Eilish Palmer (@eilishp) November 26, 2018
You know they weren't there to take a book!!
— Coyotte8 (@Coyotte401) November 26, 2018
— Deborah L Danuski (@DDanuski) November 26, 2018
Come on…we all know Trump doesn't know what a library is!
— Cricket8816 (@Cricket8816) November 26, 2018
Did the vandal spell it correctly?
— Chris Hashley (@hashley) November 26, 2018
Trump can’t/won’t read, so anyone would know it’s not his!
— Deanna Jacobson (@Buglettesmom) November 26, 2018
Guess the vandal figured that this was the closest Trump would come to doing something nice if he put his name on it. 😂😂😂
— MizzDaisee (@DaiseeMizz) November 26, 2018
So TrumpChumps care about books after all.
— Frederick Kann (@FrederickKann) November 26, 2018
Which is ironic considering Trump supporters can't read.
— Charlie Wooten (@charlie_wooten) November 26, 2018
— Robin H Bratslavsky (@editorrobin) November 26, 2018