On Wednesday in Portland, Oregon, after Joe Biden’s inauguration, a Democratic Party headquarters was damaged, an American flag was burned, and people marching filled the streets. Antifa was reportedly behind these activities, which were known in the summer as “peaceful protests.”
According to the New York Times, “federal agents in camouflage — now working under the Biden administration — blanketed streets with tear gas and unleashed volleys of welt-inducing pepper balls as they confronted a crowd that gathered outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building near downtown.”
As the New York Times reported, the group numbered roughly 150, and they smashed windows and spray-painted anarchist symbols at the political party building. Police said that eight arrests were made.
Some demonstrators reportedly carried signs reading, “We don’t want Biden, we want revenge!” in response to “police murders” and “imperialist wars.” Others carried a banner declaring “We Are Ungovernable.”
In the summer, President Trump was accused of using tear gas on “peaceful protesters” without provocation to clear the area just so he could “get his photo op” at the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church, which had been burned in the riots the night before.
The United States Park Police (USPP) denied the allegation and the claim that the DC protesters were peaceful. According to the USPP, protesters armed with baseball bats, metal poles, and glass bottles for projectiles vandalized properties and injured 51 USPP officers.
The New York Times reported that the Biden administration uses actual tear gas to break up “peaceful protesters,” but as usual, the media is on his side.
MSNBC reporter Ali Velshi went as far as to call the riots “mostly peaceful,” even as he stood amongst proof of rampant violence in front of a burning building.
Axios also said that “The protests that took place in 140 U.S. cities this spring were mostly peaceful, but the arson, vandalism, and looting that did occur will result in at least $1 billion to $2 billion of paid insurance claims.”