Sen. Grassley pushes President Biden to condemn Portland and Seattle violence – but will he?


IOWA – On January 20th, 2021, the cities of Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington saw acts of criminal damage and general violence break out in the wake of the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican representing Iowa, is now pushing for President Biden to comment on and effectively condemn the recent outbreak of violent protests that transpired in said cities.

We at Law Enforcement Today had recently reported on some of the acts that occurred in both Portland and Seattle during Inauguration Day, noting the copious of amounts of criminal damage and general acts of violent behavior within these two rather unruly demonstrations.

Senator Grassley, who happens to be the ranking Republican among the Senate Judiciary Committee, brought his criticism of President Biden to Twitter on January 21st; rhetorically posing when President Biden might take the time to condemn some of the criminal actions that happened in Portland and Seattle:

“I’m waiting for Pres Biden to condemn violence/looting/arson last two days in Oregon & Washington state.”

While it seems that President Biden has yet to necessarily condemn what transpired in Portland and Seattle on January 20th, he has in the past – albeit infrequently – condemned what he has previously coined as, “violence of every kind by anyone, whether on the left or the right.”

However, the noticeable difference in the manner in which President Biden has previously approached condemnations of riotous acts, is that he’s never called out BLM or antifa by name; whereas he has called out the Proud Boys by name when issuing condemnations of unsavory acts, riots, and violence.

Needless to say, the events that unfolded in both Portland and Seattle following the inauguration of President Joe Biden bore similarities, with regard to the actions and general optics, from what many in the country have become used to seeing due to the riots over the summer of 2020 in these two specific cities.

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As mentioned earlier, we at Law Enforcement Today had previously reported on what took place during said unrest between those cities. Here is our previous report on the incidents that occurred on January 20th.


According to reports, groups of far-left rioters engaged in various acts of vandalism and other alleged criminal offenses in both Seattle, Washington and in Portland, Oregon following the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Among these groups of rioters were individuals adorning what’s typically referred to as Antifa black bloc.

With regard to the events that transpired in Seattle, Washington, there are reports of at least three people who were arrested during the unrest.

According to Seattle police, one individual had been arrested for property damage, another arrested for assault, and another individual arrested for an alleged burglary and property damage with respect to a Starbucks storefront within the city.

Images of the property damage that occurred in Seattle were shared by the Seattle Police Department on Twitter.

Among the images displayed are what appeared to be an Amazon Go storefront having been defaced with spray paint and also shattered windows among the William Kenzo Nakamura courthouse.

The protests which hosted the criminal acts started at around 4:30 p.m. on January 20th in Seattle, which started out initially as a hodgepodge of individuals having congregated at a park before they started to march throughout the streets of downtown Seattle.

Individuals among the group that were marching had been seen carrying signs that hosted such popular far-left slogans like “Abolish ICE”, while other signage present during the protest bore messages generally denigrating both law enforcement and the newly elected President Biden.  

Local reporting of the riotous demonstration that transpired in Seattle alleged that some within the group of protesters were hurling objects at vehicles and engaging in targeted harassment of people who were not among them protesting.

Videos also surfaced online showcasing an American flag that was draped out in the middle of an intersection that was lit afire by the protesters. However, the fire was reportedly extinguished quickly thereafter.

As mentioned earlier, protests and riotous acts of this brand were not only present in Seattle on January 20th – but also in Portland.

According to Portland Police Sergeant Kevin Allen, a group of roughly 150 people had amassed at Revolution Hall at approximately 2:00 p.m. on January 20th in Portland and then made their way over to the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters.

This Portland-based protest was coined as the J20 protest – which was essentially billed as a demonstration against President Biden’s inauguration and also expressing disdain toward law enforcement in general.

Apparently, this group of people we’re also trying to support the rights of indigenous people.

Much in line with the typical acts often associated with Antifa inspired protests and riots, the Portland demonstration saw the likes of smashed windows, buildings being vandalized by way of graffiti, and also hostile interactions with police officers who were attempting to maintain order.

Despite a new administration coming into the White House that are compliments of the Democratic Party, it appears those among the far-left are still not satisfied – and are up to the same sort of antics akin to the summer riots of 2020.


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