Breaking: 106-year-old Francis Scott Key Monument Was Just Defaced

Early on Wednesday, a statue that was erected 106 years ago, honoring Star Spangled Banner writer Francis Scott Key was ruined in Baltimore.

According to what officials said, they got a report that the statue had been destroyed around 6:30 a.m., painted in red with the words, “Racist Anthem.”

The ground around the statue was also painted with the third stanza of Key’s anthem which states, “No refuge could save, Hireling or slave, From terror of flight, Or gloom of grave,” according to a report by the Baltimore Sun.

Most of Key’s statue is made out of marble, with a gold base and a gold statue of the famous anthem written on top. According to the police, the statue was tagged with black lettering and red paint.

Baltimore has come across a spat of destruction targeting historical monuments in the latest weeks, including ruining of a statue of Christopher Columbus. In addition, it comes after the city’s overnight elimination of four monuments connected to the Confederacy in August.

The monument was erected in 1911 to honor Key, a lawyer who was being held captive aboard a British ship off Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, when he wrote what would later become US national anthem.

Also, did you read that the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated on Wednesday that The ESPN journalist who called President Donald Trump a white extremist should be dismissed from the network?

“That is one of the more outrageous comments that anybody could make and certainly is something that is a fireable offense by ESPN,” Sanders noted.

In a statement, ESPN wanted to distance itself from Smith’s comments.

“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network noted. “We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”

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(h/t Washington Examiner)