- The Washington Times - Friday, June 19, 2020

Criminals in Portland turned their ire on a statue of George Washington Thursday night while using George Floyd’s recent death while in police custody as their justification.

A group of roughly 20 people — none who were arrested — wrapped an American flag around the bronze statue, lit it on fire and finished off their vandalism by applying “Big Floyd,” “F—- cops,” and other graffiti related to slavery.

Footage of the event, which took place at NE Sandy Boulevard and NE 57th Avenue, went viral on Twitter.

“Their numbers grew over the next hour until there were enough people to pull the statue to the ground,” a local CBS affiliate, KOIN 6, reported. “They quickly scattered. [Our] crew found the statue face down and covered in graffiti. Portland police arrived a short time later.”

Social media commentary related to the crime even captured the attention of President Trump.

“If the Dems get in, our Country is in big trouble,” Mr. Trump said in reply to Breitbart News’ senior editor-at-large Joel B. Polk.

“Washington owned slaves. Rename Washington state the Seattle Pacific Autonomous Zone,” Mr. Polk deadpanned prior to Mr. Trump’s reaction.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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