Sean Lennon can’t ‘imagine’ why Portland protesters toppled Lincoln statue

Sean Lennon just can’t imagine why protesters would try to take Abraham Lincoln down.

The son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono got on Twitter Monday to ask his 307,000 followers: “Can someone explain why it appears a Lincoln statue was toppled in Portland? Asking for a friend.”

The 45-year-old musician was responding to Sunday night’s protests in the Oregon city — billed as an “Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage” — over the Christopher Columbus holiday, in which a crowd toppled statues of Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.

Lennon then appeared to mock the protesters by sarcastically suggesting that Egyptian pyramids should also be destroyed.

“The Pyramids of Giza were made under coercion from evil Pharaohs who were not very woke. I think we can all agree the Pyramids should be torn down immediately,” he tweeted.

Italy also has a lot to answer for, Lennon quipped.

“Since the invasion of Britain by Emperor Julius Caesar in 55 B.C., Italy has remained deafeningly silent,” he wrote. “I think it’s time Italy was held accountable.”

A group of protesters toppled a statue of former president Abraham Lincoln in Portland's South Park Block.
A group of protesters toppled a statue of former president Abraham Lincoln in Portland’s South Park Block.The Oregonian via AP

A crowd of about 200 people marched through Portland on Sunday, tearing down the two statues, breaking windows at the Oregon Historical Society and damaging storefronts.

The protesters said Roosevelt promoted anti-Native American policies and came after Lincoln for ordering the execution of 38 Dakota men after the Dakota-U.S. War of 1862, according to the Oregonian.

Police declared a riot, ordered the crowds to disperse and responded in force to the protesters.


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