Rioters in Portland, Oregon, toppled statues of former Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt in a wave of destruction Sunday night that was planned as an “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage.”
A mob of about 200 people also smashed windows and defaced a mural commemorating the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Police did not intervene until long after the first statue fell, according to Oregon Live, but eventually dispersed the crowd and made arrests.
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President Donald Trump shared his disgust with the mob’s wanton destruction.
“These are Biden fools,” he tweeted Monday. “ANTIFA RADICALS. Get them FBI, and get them now!”
The event had been planned with an advance notice warning away those who regularly video the months of demonstrations that have left Portland strewn with shattered glass, graffiti and boarded-up buildings.
The statue of Roosevelt was the first to fall.
The mob then pulled down a statue of Lincoln. Someone sprayed “Dakota 38” on the statue’s pedestal.
The reference is to the Dakota War of 1862, in which Lincoln approved the execution of 38 Dakota Indians after an uprising that fall in Minnesota. State officials had sought the executive of more than 300 Dakota for their role in the uprising, but Lincoln reviewed the case files and winnowed the number to 38.
Once the statues, which had stood for almost a century, were torn down, the group smashed windows at the Oregon Historical Society and displayed a sign reading, “Stop honoring racist colonizer murderers.” A mural depicting the Lewis and Clark expedition was splattered with red paint.
Despite the smashed windows, the historical society reported that none of its exhibits was damaged.
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