BLM Protestors Attacked Abe Lincoln Statue? Not So Fast!

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Did George Floyd protestors and BLM supporters attack and damage the famous Abraham Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial?

Not so fast! Here are the facts on what really happened at the Lincoln Memorial!


BLM Protestors Attacked Abe Lincoln Statue?

Quite a few right-wing Americans are sharing this picture of the Abraham Lincoln statue vandalised and broken, allegedly by George Floyd protestors and BLM supporters.

BLM Protestors Attacked Abe Lincoln Statue?

As you can see, the Abraham Lincoln statue’s head was partly cut off, and BLM- and George Floyd-related graffiti spray-painted on it :

  • Black + Brown Lives Matter
  • #BLM / BLM
  • George Floyd
  • The Real Martyrs
  • Trayvon Michael [sic]
  • Refugees Welcome

When you consider the last graffiti example, the list appears to touch on what right wing Americans despise the most.


Verdict : BLM Protestors Did NOT Attack The Abraham Lincoln Statue!

This appears to be yet another fake picture on the George Floyd / Black Lives Matter protests in the United States. And here are the reasons why this is fake.

Reason #1 : The Photo Was Clearly Edited!

The photo was edited to show the head of the Abraham Lincoln statue chopped off. If you look closely, the edges look perfectly two-dimensional, like someone removed it on a photo editor.

The graffiti also do not follow the three-dimensional variations on the statue. They look like they were overlaid on a two-dimensional photo.

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Reason #2 : They Would Have To Get Past The National Guard!

The DC National Guard was deployed to protect the Lincoln Memorial itself, so it is literally IMPOSSIBLE for any protestor to make it up the steps, much less attack and damage the Abraham Lincoln statue.

DC National Guard at the Lincoln Memorial, June 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 02: Members of the D.C. National Guard stand on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial as demonstrators participate in a peaceful protest. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images

Reason #3 : National Mall and Memorial Parks Confirmed It

National Mall and Memorial Parks confirmed that one of the outer columns at the Lincoln Memorial had Yall Not Tired Yet? spray-painted, and the National World War II Memorial was spray-painted with Do Black Vets Count? on the night of 30 May 2020.

The damage though was minimal, and they were removed by 4 June 2020.

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