Donald Trump raged today over the "animals" that had demolished statues of Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt in Portland last night when the riots returned to the city on the eve of Columbus Day.
Trump condemned the demonstrators as "anti-fascist radicals" and "Biden fools", called on the FBI to "fetch them" and asked Portland to send federal troops.
"Put these animals in jail now," Trump said. "The radical left only knows how to take advantage of very stupid" leadership "fools. This is Biden! Law & Order! & # 39;
In what organizers dubbed "Indigenous Peoples' Day", the two statues were demolished within 10 minutes by protesters who toppled the monuments and defaced the pedestals before breaking windows of the city's Historical Society.
Lincoln was convicted by protesters for the curtains of 38 Native American warriors executed on his orders after an uprising in 1862 – though he resuscitated hundreds of others.
Roosevelt was blamed for "stolen land" after the 26th President once advocated the idea of "obvious fate" "I don't go so far as to believe that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I think nine out of ten are."
A statue of Theodore Roosevelt on horseback lies on the ground while his statue is disfigured with a message raging in "stolen land" last night in Portland
Abraham Lincoln's statue after it was removed from its pedestal last night in Portland in what protesters dubbed "Native American Anger Day".
Donald Trump raged against the Statue Toppler Monday morning, demanding that "these animals" be taken to prison and calling on the FBI to "bring them back".
How Lincoln hanged 38 Sioux fighters and saved 265 others
Abraham Lincoln is best known for freeing the slaves and winning the Civil War, but the executions of 38 Sioux warriors after an uprising in 1862 mean he is no hero to Indians.
The Sioux went to war because they believed their land and homes were stolen by white settlers in Minnesota and nearby, and were injured by late government payments.
The uprising, also known as the Dakota War, lasted six weeks and killed hundreds of soldiers, settlers and Native Americans before the Sioux Lincoln forces surrendered.
As a result, a military commission sentenced 303 Sioux people to death after trials in English without a defense attorney that lasted only three to five minutes and which the Sioux did not understand.
Lincoln checked each of these capital cases, says his biographer Harold Holzer, and ruled that there was evidence that 39 of them were guilty of murder or rape and ordered their execution.
The remaining 264 sentences were commuted, while one of the 39 men convicted was later resuscitated.
However, the other 38 were hanged in Mankato on December 26, 1862, during the largest mass execution in US history – just a few days before the declaration of emancipation.
The remaining Dakota were evicted from Minnesota after the war. Most ended up in Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Canada.
The "Day of Anger" was scheduled for the federal holiday on Monday, named after Columbus, whose arrival in America in 1492 sparked centuries of colonization.
Despite threats of arrest by Portland police, protesters threw chains around Roosevelt's statue and coated it with red paint before using a blowtorch on its base.
The statue, officially called Theodore Roosevelt, Rough Rider, was torn down just before 9 p.m. and the base defaced with a message raging on "stolen land".
Roosevelt's steed was also defaced with a sticker calling for the Portland Police Department to be abolished.
The group then turned their attention to Lincoln's statue and pulled it down about eight minutes later.
The protesters sprayed "Dakota 38" on the base of Lincoln's statue, referring to the Sioux warriors who were executed after fighting white settlers in the Dakota War of 1862.
After a military commission sentenced 303 Sioux fighters to execution, Lincoln commuted 265 of their sentences but ordered the remaining 38 to die.
Lincoln, who also freed the slaves, allegedly checked "each of these capital cases" and violated Republican warnings by showing mercy.
However, the trials were in an extreme rush and the Native American people were denied advice and did not understand what was being said.
The eventual executions in December 1862 were the largest mass executions in US history.
Two decades later, Theodore Roosevelt made his infamous remark about "dead Indians" in an 1886 speech in which he added, "The viciousest cowboy has more moral principles than the average Indian."
"The truth is that the Indians never had an actual title for the soil," wrote Roosevelt in his book The Winning of the West.
As president, Roosevelt mocked Native American leader Geronimo's requests to return to Arizona from an Oklahoma reservation.
“You killed many of my people; They burned villages … and weren't good Indians, "Roosevelt told him.
Lincoln's base was sprayed with the words "Dakota 38", an indication of the number of Native American warriors who were executed on his orders in 1862
A protester stands over the overturned statue of Theodore Roosevelt, who said in an infamous remark in 1886: "I don't go so far as to believe that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I think nine out of ten are."
Roosevelt's steed was defaced with a sticker calling for the Portland Police Department to be abolished
"Nine out of ten good Indians are dead Indians": Theodore Roosevelt's devastating view of indigenous people
Theodore Roosevelt expressed hostile views towards Native Americans and believed in the idea that the US had an "obvious fate" to dominate the continent.
Roosevelt said in an 1886 speech: "I do not go so far as to believe that the only good Indians are the dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are and I don't want to investigate the case too closely by the tenth" ;.
In other writings and speeches he described white people as "forward race" and African natives as "wild pagans".
And in his book, The Winning of the West, he argued that "the Indians never had a real title for the soil".
As president in 1904, he invited a handful of Indian chiefs to his inauguration parade to bury the hatchet.
But he unceremoniously declined a chief's request to return to Arizona, saying his people were not "good Indians" after being held captive on an Oklahoma reservation.
Roosevelt's famous conservationist, which resulted in more than 230 million acres of land under federal protection, has also been rocked by Native Americans who considered it their land.
Conversely, Roosevelt was the first president to invite a black man, Booker T. Washington, to dine in the White House – which sparked a wave of outrage.
Earlier this year, a statue of Roosevelt with "very submissive" African and Native figures was removed from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
The museum said Roosevelt had "a complicated and sometimes troubling history" but was "widely regarded as one of America's most important presidents."
In Portland, after the statues were overturned, the crowd began smashing windows of the Oregon Historical Society and later moved to the Public Safety Bureau on the Portland State University campus.
The Director of the Historical Society told KGW News, "It's just so unfortunate that this is preventing people from people coming and seeing the history of Oregon."
However, he added, "We'll be able to fix it … we'll be able to open our doors soon."
Police later declared the event a riot, a common occurrence in the months of protests in Portland, and ordered the group to disperse.
Cops said anyone involved in "criminal behavior, including vandalism" had to be arrested, but it was unclear whether any arrests had been made.
Statues of Columbus himself have come down in the United States in recent months, some of which have been overthrown by protesters and others removed by city authorities preventively.
One Columbus statue was beheaded in Boston during the George Floyd protests, while another was demolished and thrown into a lake in Richmond, Virginia.
The empty pedestal in Richmond was spray painted and covered with a sign that read "Columbus is Genocide" after the statue was set on fire and dismantled.
In Chicago, a Columbus statue was lifted out of Grant Park under cover of darkness after Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered the removal.
The statue was already wrapped in plastic to protect it from vandals, and a week earlier it was at the center of violent scenes in which 49 police officers were injured.
Several Italian-American leaders in Chicago said the community was unhappy with the decision.
However, Columbus is viewed by many as a symbol of racism and oppression, and some people refer to Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day instead.
Portland was one of the longest-running hotspots of the racial injustice protests that broke out after Floyd's death in May.
Police officers have repeatedly clashed with protesters in front of the federal court and police buildings. 27 riots were declared in four months.
Hundreds of protesters were arrested and Donald Trump caused trouble by sending federal agents into the city to quell the violence.
Federal troops were withdrawn in late July, but Trump has since warned that "we will go in and do it for them" unless city authorities suppress the protests.
Protesters threw fire bombs at officials in nationwide protests last month after police were not accused of killing Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.
A broken window in Portland last night where protesters defaced the plinths before breaking stained glass windows at the Oregon Historical Society
Protesters are fleeing police late that night as they gathered on the eve of Columbus Day, which was officially declared a riot