Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bousser said Sunday that protesters “have the right to exercise their First Amendment rights but not to destroy our city,” after the city experienced its second night of Saturday protests and some looting.
In an interview with NBC, Bowser said the district “saw a level of justice and destructiveness among some people that was disappointing.”
The DC Fire Department extinguished two car fires north of the White House last night, as well as several small fires in the suburbs, as well as some buildings with the help of graffiti by some protesters.
Bousser called on President Trump to stop sending “divisive tweets meant to bring back our country’s separatist past.”
Some topics: On Saturday, Trump mistakenly accused the DC Metropolitan Police Department of not allowing the situation to be brought under control with protesters in Lafayette Park.
The claim was then dismissed by the U.S. Secret Service, which said in a statement that the DC Police Department was present.
In the same tweet, Trump said that if they broke down the fence outside the White House, protesters would be greeted with “the worst dog and the most evil weapon I’ve ever seen.”
At a press conference yesterday, Bousser noted how Trump’s “evil dog” was referred to as “no subtle reminder” of sectarianism that would attack African Americans with dogs.
Bousser said Sunday that the city is working on clean-up and working with law enforcement “to ensure peace in our city.”