NEW YORK CITY, NY – A group of protesters amassed outside of the St. Patrick’s Cathedral during the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, according to reports, which a vandal or vandals among the group were said to have defaced the cathedral’s facade with spray paint.
As a Catholic I find this vandalism deeply insulting.
— The New Adventures of Henry (@Car94Hen) January 1, 2021
Officers were said to have responded to the area where a group of protesters had began blocking traffic along 51st Street and Fifth Avenue around 1:30 a.m. on January 1st.
An estimated 150 people had gathered in the area, seemingly spouting anti-police sentiments by the time officers had arrived. As to what the exact impetus to this protest was is unclear, nor is it clear if there was any formal steps taken to organize said display.
Video that was captured during some of the antics then-ongoing showcased a group of people yelling at police – with some slapping the hood of a police car while expressing disdain toward arriving officers.
Protesters confront NYPD by stopping them and banging on the hood of the cars in Manhattan outside St Patrick’s Cathedral
— @SCOOTERCASTER (FNTV) (@ScooterCasterNY) January 1, 2021
Sources allege that the protesters were affiliated with Black Lives Matter Brooklyn and Justice for George, which the group was observed marching through Stonewall Inn and had stopped at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
The likes of “black lives matter” and transgender-themed flags were showcased and hoisted by the participants of the protest. Police later discovered that the cathedral was spray painted with the phrase “ACAB”.
Why? Why desecrate the church?
— @amynorc (@amynorc) January 1, 2021
Police were later spotted on the scene when someone was working to clean of the graffiti applied to the cathedral’s facade. Authorities have yet to identify anyone who they suspect may be responsible for the vandalism.
Someone spray painted ACAB on St Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC tonight pic.twitter.com/bcGc7S6bK1
— @SCOOTERCASTER (FNTV) (@ScooterCasterNY) January 1, 2021
According to officials, the crowd was said to have dispersed shortly after making their way past St. Patrick’s Cathedral. No arrests were reported from the protest and there were also no other reports of vandalism stemming from the gathering.
As evidenced in the video above, it appears as though the graffiti was able to be removed from the cathedral shortly after the defacing was discovered.
Speaking of detestable acts of vandalism – it’s not only cathedrals in New York City that have been targeted as of late. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was also said to have had her own home vandalized – and the scene captured was particularly disturbing.
Here’s that previous report regarding the incident in San Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s posh San Francisco mansion has been targeted by vandals who spray-painted the home and left a pig’s head surrounded by red paint in the driveway.
Graffiti painted on her garage door read “cancel rent” and “we want everything.” There was also a symbol of a circled “A”, a symbol typically associated with anarchism, painted on the home.
Pelosi’s home vandalized with graffiti that appears related to her COVID relief efforts | Just The News https://t.co/vj16El5LF0
— John Solomon (@jsolomonReports) January 2, 2021
San Francisco police received the first call about the vandalism at the Pacific Heights residence around 2:00 a.m. on January 1st. Speaker Pelosi was not home at the time of the incident. Authorities have not released a motive, and no suspects were located.
The common radical leftist messages painted on the garage door point to Antifa or UBI (Universal Basic Income) as likely responsible for the crime.
The graffiti mentions the $2,000 stimulus checks Pelosi only recently supported after President Donald Trump demanded it be included in the latest Coronavirus Relief Package.
GOP senators have blocked passage of the increased stimulus payments, opting for the previously agreed-upon $600 payments.
Pelosi led a push to increase the payments last Monday. The House passed the bill by a vote of 275-134. The bill, which marks a rare agreement between Democratic leaders and President Trump, is presently being held up by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Senate.
A home in San Francisco belonging to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was vandalized early Friday morning with an apparent reference to lawmakers’ failed efforts to provide Americans with $2,000 COVID-19 relief checks. https://t.co/Fn93ix87ci
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) January 2, 2021
McConnell told Pelosi the Senate would not be “bullied” into passing the increased payments. Pelosi urged McConnell to allow the upper chamber to vote on the bill Wednesday:
“The Democrats and Republicans in the House have passed that legislation. Who is holding up that distribution to the American people? Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans.
“In blocking it, they are in denial of the hardship the American people are experiencing now, health-wise, financially, and every way.”
— 🇺🇸Maggie VandenBerghe🇺🇸 (@FogCityMidge) January 2, 2021
The graffiti also demanded Pelosi “cancel rent.” Vandals may be referencing calls to provide rent relief and to continue an eviction moratorium during the pandemic crisis. The relief package has extended the prohibition against eviction until January 31, 2021.
Conservative filmmaker Maggie VandenBerghe shared photographs of the vandalism. Vandenberghe accused police of trying to cover up the incident. VandenBerghe, a self-proclaimed independent journalist, posted on Facebook:
“City called to clean up at 3 a.m. and police attempting to stop photos of scene (sic). Media SILENT.”
Neighbors say that, while they understand the frustration of politics, the vandalism accomplished nothing. Audrey Carlson, a neighbor of Speaker Pelosi, said:
“I don’t think that this is a useful way to go about it and it’s a terrible start to this new year, when we are hoping for less anger and hatred than we’ve had to deal with for the last year.”
Speaker Pelosi cannot afford to lose any support from the left, as there is almost no margin for error in her re-election bid for the House Speaker seat. After losing at least a dozen House seats in the 2020 election, Democrats have their smallest House majority in over a century.
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With a caucus of only 222 Democrats, she cannot lose many supporters to fend off a challenge from Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R). Pelosi fought off a challenge from McCarthy in 2019, but 15 Democrats did not vote for her.
Two in-coming “Squad” lawmakers have refused to pledge support to Speaker Pelosi. During a CNN interview, Reps. Elect Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) and Cori Bush (D-MO) refused to answer whether Pelosi would have their votes. Bush said:
“I am going to make sure that voices of the people of St. Louis are heard and we have what we need. And so, you will find out then. (Americans) will find out when my vote is tallied and, again, (I will be) organizing with our community to figure out what’s best.”
Incoming ‘squad’ members Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman refuse to say if they’ll support Pelosi’s reelection https://t.co/to56fi9jOb
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) December 28, 2020
Reps. Conor Lamb (D-PA), Jared Golden (D-ME) and Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) have already pledged not to vote for Pelosi’s re-election.
In addition to losing support, Pelosi must also worry about the Coronavirus pandemic. Since March, 35 lawmakers have been forced into quarantine by positive tests, causing them to miss floor votes. Pelosi cannot afford to have supporters sidelined for the vote.
Speaker Pelosi has not made public comments about the latest vandalism at her $5.4 million, four-bedroom, three-bathroom home. The home is one of several she owns in the city.
This is not the first incident at her mansion. In September, a YouTuber livestreamed himself defecating in the driveway of the home. The homeless YouTuber, calling himself “Armando,” posted a video of himself walking through San Francisco looking for Speaker Pelosi’s home. When he arrived, he set up a camera across the street. He then stood in her driveway, saluted the camera, and defecated on the driveway.
Same house from the incident in Sept. https://t.co/W9vYovmVyb
— Finicky (@beth_pasek) January 1, 2021
As Armando ends the video, he says, “That was for President Trump.” The video was posted to YouTube with the title “Poopalosi.”
The video was followed up with another video titled “I’m gonna need a lawyer,” in which Armando claimed he was arrested shortly after the incident:
“It was scary, man. They asked me about Kamala Harris, and about how I joked on the stream that if she lived in San Francisco, I’d s–t on her house too. They weren’t f—ing playing.”
A Twitter account claiming to be Armando’s later offered an apology for the incident:
“@SpeakerPelosi I know you may not ever see this, but I want you to know, I meant no foul harm yesterday when I did what I did. I’m not proud of it at all and I just would like for you to know that. I have no ill will against you or anyone in an elected official’s position.”
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Author: Gregory Hoyt