Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) condemned the riots by anarcho-communist activists across Portland on Inauguration Day.
Some Republicans denounced the fact that their Democratic counterparts didn’t condemn the riots in Portland and Seattle even though they castigated the Jan. 6 Capitol breach sharply, saying, in some cases, that former President Donald Trump and other Republicans encouraged it.
“I’m waiting for Pres Biden to condemn violence/looting/arson last two days in Oregon & Washington state,” wrote Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Thursday.
“We’re frustrated and disappointed about the damage done to our Democratic Party of Oregon Headquarters in Portland this afternoon. We’re thankful that none of our staff were in the building at the time. This is not the first time our building has been vandalized during the past year—none of the prior incidents have deterred us from our important work to elect Democrats up and down the ballot, and this one will be no different.”
Portland police confronted a crowd that gathered outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building near downtown, with some in the crowd later burning an American flag in the street.
After the riots, Twitter suspended several Antifa accounts.
One of the most prominent accounts that were suspended was “The Base,” a bookstore in Brooklyn, New York, where Antifa would train new recruits for the radical activist group, according to independent journalist Andy Ngo.
The sum of all the accounts would add up to about 70,000 followers. Some of the earliest accounts have been on Twitter since 2012.
Seattle and Portland have been the scene of unrest for months, with a mix of protesters—including anarchists, Antifa, and other far-left groups, as well as civil rights activists—voicing various grievances and sometimes engaging in violence, damaging property, and clashing with police.