'F*** Biden': Portland Democrats Building Vandalized by Protesters

A Democratic Party building in Portland, Oregon, was vandalized by protesters who spray-painted the words "F**k Biden" on it.

In a news release, the Portland Police Bureau said the incident occurred after a group of people gathered in Laurelhurst Park on Sunday evening.

The group left the park and marched north before stopping outside the Multnomah County Democrats building in the 3500 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard, police said.

"Several members of the group began to tag the Multnomah County Democrats building with graffiti and broke out several of the building's windows," police said.

Videos and pictures showed "F**k Biden" and "No presidents" as well as "BLM"—short for Black Lives Matter—were among the phrases graffitied on the building.

Rachelle Dixon, the vice-chair of the Multnomah County Democrats and a Black Lives Matter leader, told Newsweek that she was "disappointed" by the vandalism.

"I'm very saddened that someone would attack us in this way," Dixon said. "All we do is promote voting and participation in democracy. That's it."

Dixon said the supporters and organizers in the Black Lives Matter movement had nothing to do with the incident.

She added: "We have a network of [the] Black Lives Matter Movement in Portland and Salem. We did not do this… no one that I know in our network did this or was even aware that this was happening."

The police department said the group involved "quickly left" the area and headed back towards Laurelhurst Park, but officers arrived on the scene and made "targeted arrests" of individuals who had engaged in the vandalism. The rest of the group dispersed into the neighborhood, according to police.

Portland Police
The Multnomah County Democrats building in Portland, Oregon was vandalized on Sunday. Portland Police

James Walker Prettyman, 24, Thomas Mollrocek, 33, and 22-year-old Maximillan Jennings were booked into the Multnomah County Detention Center, police said. All three are facing charges of criminal mischief.

Andy Ngo tweeted that "antifa"—an umbrella term for left-leaning groups whose members oppose fascism and white supremacy—were behind the protest that led to the vandalism.

However, a spokesperson for the Portland Police Bureau told Newsweek that it was not known if the suspects had an affiliation with any group.

"We do not classify suspects by political or group affiliation unless it has some relevance to the criminal charges filed," the spokesperson added. "It did not in this case."

Dixon said she doesn't know who was behind the attack on the building, but doubts that antifa protesters were responsible. She said she believed it was more likely to be a "false flag" attack orchestrated by members of the alt-right.

President Donald Trump has often blamed antifa, short for anti-fascist, for the unrest seen in some cities, including Portland, over the course of the year.

He has vowed to declare it a terrorist organization, while President-elect Joe Biden, citing FBI Director Chris Wray, referred to antifa "as an idea, not an organization" in the first presidential debate.

The vandalism at the Multnomah County Democrats building came after Biden was elected the next president of the United States on Saturday, denying Trump a second term.

People gathered in the streets across the U.S. to celebrate Biden's victory over the weekend, including in Portland, while some demonstrations were also held by Trump supporters who echoed the president's false claims that the election had been stolen.

There were celebrations in Portland, a city that has seen months of protests over police brutality and racial injustice since the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in May.

It’s time to close a tumultuous chapter in our history and move forward as a city—united. I look forward to working with the Biden administration and moving our city and our country to a more honest, hopeful and resilient future.

— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) November 7, 2020

The Trump administration deployed federal agents to quell the protests in the city over the summer, prompting nightly clashes that saw agents fire tear gas and less-lethal munitions at protesters on numerous occasions.

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who narrowly won his re-election bid and has faced the ire of protesters himself, welcomed Biden's victory on social media.

"We elected Joe Biden and rejected the Trump administration's corrupt, hateful and harmful policies that inflamed divisiveness in our country for 4 years," he tweeted at the weekend.

This article has been updated with comments from Rachelle Dixon.