The city’s original 120-year-old elk statue was defaced and set on fire on July 1. The city removed the statue and placed it in storage after it was repeatedly vandalized during the months of protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in May.
A makeshift metal replica, known locally as “nightmare elk,” was installed by unknown parties, presumed to be members of the Black Lives Matter protest groups in the city.
Antifa's evil deer in Portland is no longer evil. It has been red pilled and will no longer fight to oppress the people and will now be a freedom fighter. He is registered to vote and will now be voting for Trump. pic.twitter.com/icb8EnBZ8H
— PatriotPrayerUSA (@PatriotPrayerUS) October 10, 2020
This past Saturday morning, Patriot Prayer supporter Chandler Pappas, along with a dozen or so friends, removed the makeshift metal elk.
Insurance will cover it pic.twitter.com/dvwC3wqJgx
— Chandler Pappas (Official) (@ChandlerPappas) October 10, 2020
“We took the elk as a political statement,” Pappas, 27, claimed. He was at the scene when his friend Aaron “Jay” Danielson, 39, was shot and killed on August 29 as a pro-Trump caravan paraded through Portland.
“They’ve set a precedent. You can do what you want, you can take what you want, you can set fire to what you want, and that’s OK,” Pappas added, referring to Oregon State Governor Kate Brown and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
Overnight, a new, temporary “statue” was erected, and reaction online has already been… somewhat mixed. “They replaced fine art with a literal trash heap. Did the right prank them into doing this?” journalist Cassandra Fairbanks said of the installation. “All those BSAs in Fine Arts – and this is the best we get out of them,” another commenter quipped.
— Justin Yau (@PDocumentarians) October 13, 2020
Kindergarden kids make better art then this.
— PappaWheelie👑 (@Jamie57652103) October 13, 2020
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