Just as you were beginning to fear politics was, once again, getting way too serious, along comes a creative smarty-pants like Denverite to put things back into perspective. To wit, it asks the right question: How much does it cost to remove all that Donald Trump graffiti from Denver’s public spaces and places?
Denverite’s Megan Arellano comes up with dollar figure and other intriguing facts that she posted today. The total cleanup bill? $21,230. That’s based on the Denver Police Department’s tally of some 151 incidents of graffiti related to the president, in one way or another, since last November’s election, according to Arellano.
How many expressed support for the president as opposed to those that had a bone to pick with him? Twenty-one were positive in referencing Trump; 117 were negative, and 13 were deemed “other,” in most cases because the message was unclear.
Which month since the election has seen the most Trump graffiti? March.
There’s more (but for details you’ll have to read Arellano’s full story; here’s the link again): There are charts and cool maps — a signature feature of Denverite — depicting the incidence and concentration of the graffiti. There’s also an explainer at bottom about methodology: i.e., how do they draw the line between positive and negative Trump graffiti? Hint: the presence of four-letter words tends to make the call easier.
Now, a question Arellano’s story doesn’t take up: Who, in principle, should get the tab for this public display of affection (or lack thereof)? Those who are angry that Donald Trump occupies the Oval Office? Or, those who put him there?
You say that’s a trick question? You’re right, of course. The real answer is taxpayers will pay for it, whatever they think of The Donald.