The White House went dark Sunday night in response to the riots by Antifa thugs who went on a tagging and arson spree across the nation’s capital. The lawless mob spray painted vile messages on national treasures and set cars and buildings ablaze.
In all of American history, the White House has only gone dark when a sitting president has died.
Not since the British burned the White House during the War of 1812 has Washington seen such desecration of the People’s House and the home of the President and his family, as well as several national monuments and historic and government buildings.
Media reports claim that President Donald J. Trump was taken by Secret Service to an underground bunker beneath the White House for security; however, he was actually escorted to the “Woodshed” situation room on the ground floor of the West Wing of the White House where the president continued to monitor events for about an hour.
“The White House does not comment on security protocols and decisions,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere. The Secret Service said it does not discuss the means and methods of its protective operations. The president’s move to the bunker was first reported by The New York Times.
St. John’s Church across the street from the White House was set ablaze by protesters. The church has been attended by every sitting U.S. president.
Freedman’s Bank, a U.S. Treasury Annex, was defaced with spray paint during the protest. Frederick Douglas was the president of the bank which helped build newly-emancipated communities during the post-Civil War era.
While cars burned around the White House and police clashed with protesters, a guard house was also set on fire.
A number of landmarks and national historical sites across the National Mall were also defaced during the night’s mayhem and anarchy. The World War II Monument, the Vietnam War Memorial, and the Lincoln Memorial are among the casualties in this domestic terrorist war.
“In the wake of last night’s demonstrations, there are numerous instances of vandalism to sites around the National Mall,” the National Park Service for the National Mall said in a tweet with photos of defaced monuments on Sunday.
The original photo, below, was shown to be a fake created from an image taken in 2015. It was replaced here by an actual photo by Jonathan Ernst, published by Reuters, where ground floor lights are still on