A left-wing activist tried to fire off what appeared to be a bottle rocket in the apparent direction of the federal courthouse in Portland on Friday night and it ignited in his face as he held onto it.
Journalist Drew Hernandez captured the incident and posted a video of it on Twitter.
FAIL: ANTIFA THUG GETS OWNED BY HIS OWN EXPLOSIVE pic.twitter.com/E3q7J1bHl3
— Drew Hernandez (@livesmattershow) August 1, 2020
The violence in Portland came as President Donald Trump announced late on Friday night that federal officers were not leaving the courthouse, which has been under violent attack for weeks, until safety was ensured.
Trump tweeted, “Homeland Security is not leaving Portland until local police complete cleanup of Anarchists and Agitators!”
Homeland Security is not leaving Portland until local police complete cleanup of Anarchists and Agitators!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2020
Trump’s tweet follows Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf