Trump supporters converge on Seattle’s Lenin statue, shout ‘tear it down’ and debate passersby

GeekWire | 8/16/2017 | Kurt Schlosser
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A handful of self-described supporters of President Donald Trump converged on Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood Wednesday to call for the removal of a statue of Russian Communist revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin that has stood in the neighborhood for 22 years.

Protesters Wednesday wore Make America Great Again hats and held signs that said “Lenin = Hitler,” “100 Million Dead” and “Alt-Left Hate,” and they chanted slogans such as “Shame on Seattle,” “Tear hate down,” and “Genocide is not a joke” at passing cars and people grabbing lunch in the arty, tech-heavy neighborhood. Fremont is home to offices of such tech companies as Google, Adobe, Tableau, Outreach and Pixvana.

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The protest comes in response to violence in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend during a rally around a statue there of Civil War Gen. Robert E. Lee, and the subsequent removal of Confederate statues in other cities.

Well-known Silicon Valley venture capitalist Benedict Evans called attention on Twitter on Tuesday to the supposed irony of the Lenin statue standing in left-leaning Seattle, drawing fresh attention to the long-controversial sculpture.

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One protester climbed atop the statue as others live-streamed their sometimes heated debates with anyone willing to engage with them on the walk past the 16-foot tall bronze sculpture in the center of the neighborhood.

Jack Posobieck, a well-known internet activist and political advocate for Citizens for Trump, stood below the statue wearing a red MAGA T-shirt. He said he flew into Seattle from Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning specifically to protest Lenin, and he chronicled the action on Twitter in a self-styled news report.

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Posobieck said it was his first time in Seattle and he called it a beautiful city. He said he had not heard of the Lenin statue before this week and came to Seattle after plans to march on Google — over the firing of software engineer James...
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