Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser had the massive yellow lettered anti-Trump protest message “Black Lives Matter” located a block from the White House paved over now that President Trump is no longer in the White House. Bowser had the two block long message painted on 16th Street NW in response to Trump’s taking control of D.C. streets to shut down liberals rioting and burning the nation’s capital last year. Bowser dubbed the site “Black Lives Matter Plaza.” The move comes a day after the Biden administration opened Lafayette Square to the public for the first time since the George Floyd riots.
What came to be called Black Lives Matter Plaza–located at 16th and H Streets NW just above Lafayette Square and the White House–was the scene of several arson fires set by insurrectionists the last weekend of May 2020 who took advantage of the reaction to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody to try to storm the White House. Dozens of Secret Service, Park and D.C. police officers were wounded in the riots by Antifa and Black Lives Matter terrorists. Arson fires were set at a federal building in Lafayette Square and the historic St. John’s Church, as well as nearby restaurants and office buildings. Attempts were also made to take down the equestrian statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square.