St. John’s Episcopal Church at Lafayette Square in the District of Columbia burned Sunday night, having been set ablaze by rioters in another long night of nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer dug his knee into the handcuffed man’s neck until he stopped breathing.
St. John’s, built in 1816, has been called the church of presidents—every president, beginning with James Madison, has attended a service there. It’s located a stone’s throw from the White House.
Benny Johnson notes that President Lincoln prayed in St. John’s. That didn’t stop the violent mob from torching it.
Terrorist group ANTIFA outside the White House lighting St. Johns Church on Fire and ripping down its American flag.
St. John’s was built in 1816 every president since Madison has worshiped there.
Abe Lincoln prayed in this building.
Send ANTIFA to GITMO!pic.twitter.com/iUfnZV9yhl
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 1, 2020
Footage from the scene is devastating:
Washington protestors burn down St Johns Church, a national historic landmark pic.twitter.com/1SYdTylsDJ
— John Zade, MD (@johnrzade) June 1, 2020
Smoke from multiple fires rising up in front of the Washington Monument #Chopper4 looking south from Maryland, White House center screen. #BreakingNews @nbcwashington #protests2020 #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/WNtPkgYCtD
— Brad Freitas (@Chopper4Brad) June 1, 2020
D.C. Fire and EMS responded to the blaze:
Box Alarm 1525 H St NW. #DCsBravest had fire in basement of church. Fire extinguishing. Checking for extension.
— DC Fire and EMS #StayHomeDC Lite (@dcfireems) June 1, 2020
Fox News is reporting at this hour that the fire, which began in the parish office of the church, has been extinguished by D.C. firefighters.
Rioters also defaced many of D.C.’s beloved monuments. The Lincoln Memorial:
— Tom Dempsey (@KCTomDempsey) May 31, 2020