Left-wing riots have rattled a handful of cities across the U.S. after President Biden’s inauguration – leading to vandalism of government buildings and at least 20 arrests.
In Seattle Wednesday, hours after the swearing-in ceremony, dozens of protesters marched demanding the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. At least three people were arrested, and broken windows were reported – including those at Starbucks’ original Pike Place storefront.
There was also damage to the state Democratic Party headquarters, although some people who attended the protest later condemned the violence. At least 15 people were arrested.
In Denver, protesters blasted both former President Donald Trump and Biden and allegedly burned an American flag. At least two people were arrested there.
“I remember the media and Democrats blaming all this Antifa violence on Donald Trump — yet here we have Joe Biden in the White House and Antifa is still rampaging in the streets of Seattle and Portland and Denver,” Sen. Tom Cotton told “Fox & Friends” Thursday morning.
And in the college town of Bellingham, Wash., Mayor Seth Fleetwood was rushed out of City Hall Friday morning after a mob of rioters stormed the building.
KIRO-TV reporter Deedee Sun tweeted video that appeared to show masked, black-clad protesters taking down the American flag outside and carry it away. She said they also “threw a hot drink” on a different reporter and stole a microphone.
#BREAKING: Protestors broke into a locked city hall in Bellingham today. Mayor had to be escorted out for safety.
They also tore down the American flag outside. Stole a KGMI journalist’s mic and threw a hot drink on him.
They’re supposed to be here advocating for the homeless. pic.twitter.com/uIMbRVRwBl
— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) January 23, 2021
Rioters entered City Hall – but no one was hurt, nothing was damaged and no one was arrested, according to the local Bellingham Herald newspaper.
Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., where thousands of National Guard troops were deployed to ensure security on Inauguration Day, authorities said there were “no confrontations” with protesters.
Post Millennial editor-at-large Andy Ngo tweeted late Saturday that Antifa members in Portland planned to march again later in the evening from Elizabeth Caruthers Park.
#Antifa in Portland have announced another riot gathering tonight. They’re meeting at Elizabeth Caruthers Park, the same park they gathered at on J20 before rioting at the nearby @ICEgov facility. #PortlandRiots pic.twitter.com/Kxr4ShnB6w
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) January 23, 2021