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It looks like the gloves just came off.
For over a week now, clear-thinking Americans have been asking: "why are we allowing people to vandalize, destroy and tear down all our monuments?"
And federal property?
Well, it looks like Donald Trump is done playing games.
In a series of two Tweets he just issued the following directions to all federal law enforcement:
I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent…..
…..This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!
Take a look:
Yes folks, some big details in there.
1) He's telling them to actively pursue all criminals.
2) He's seeking the full 10 years in prison.
3) He points out this applies retroactively.
And I remind everyone of just one more detail:
We have videos of it all!
These idiots allowed themselves to be videotaped destroying federal property.
And we can find you!
If I was a SoyBoy ANTIFA thug, I'd be peeing in my pants right about now!
Soil those undies boys, because Trump and Barr and the full weight of the federal government are about to come looking for you!
He posted to Facebook as well:
The New York Post had more details:
President Trump has ordered a crackdown on anyone caught vandalizing or tearing down monuments amid a wave of Confederate and other statues being toppled by people protesting racial injustice.
The commander-in-chief wrote in a tweet early Tuesday, “I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent.”
Trump warned those protesting that the order will be “effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!”
Speaking to reporters as he left the White House to visit portions of the border wall in Arizona, Trump said he would soon be signing an executive order that would allow people vandalizing statues to be prosecuted.
“We are looking at long-term jail sentences for these vandals, and these hoodlums, and these anarchists and agitators — call it whatever you want — some people don’t like that language, but that’s what they are,” the president said. “They’re bad people, they don’t love our country, and they’re not taking down our monuments, I just want to make that clear.”
Enlarge ImagePeople stand around the statue of Confederate general Albert Pike after it was toppled by protesters at Judiciary square in Washington, DC.
People stand around the statue of Confederate Gen. Albert Pike after it was toppled by protesters at Judiciary Square in Washington, DC.AFP via Getty Images
He also said his administration was poised to help state and city governments that are struggling to contain the protests.
“In Minnesota, they might need help. If they need help, the federal government is willing to help them,” he continued. “These are not protesters, by the way, these are anarchists, and other things. If these hoodlums come around and the states can’t handle it, we are ready, willing and able to help.”
These comments echo previous remarks the president made to Fox News Monday night, when the commander-in-chief pledged to sign an executive order on the matter, which would force cities to guard the monuments.
“You see Ulysses S. Grant, where they want to take him down. He’s the one that stopped the ones that everybody dislikes so much. It’s a disgrace. Also, remember, some of this is great artwork, this is magnificent artwork, as good as there is anywhere in the world. As good as you see in France. As good as you see anywhere. It’s a disgrace,” he told the network.
And from Fox News:
President Trump declared Tuesday morning that anyone caught vandalizing monuments or any other federal property can be subject to arrest and face up to 10 years in prison.
The president’s latest statement follows an attempt to take down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square near the White House Monday night, a second incident targeting the nearby St. John’s Church, and prior vandalism of the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial.
FROM GEORGE WASHINGTON TO ULYSSES S. GRANT: STATUES, MONUMENTS VANDALIZED EXTEND BEYOND CONFEDERATES AMID BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS
“I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent,” Trump tweeted. “This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!”
House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., called the church attack "a chilling message that faith and freedom are enemies in the eyes of the anarchists on the street," adding that those responsible "must be prosecuted."
Perpetrators must be prosecuted. These senseless attacks must be stopped.
Historic monuments and statues have become the targets of anger and vandalism during protests in the wake of George Floyd's police custody death at the end of May.
The initial statues under fire were those of Confederate soldiers and generals largely in the South, but the anger has spread to monuments well beyond that historical period.
TRUMP ANNOUNCES FORTHCOMING EXECUTIVE ORDER TO 'MAKE THE CITIES GUARD THEIR MONUMENTS'
On Thursday, demonstrators in Portland, Ore., toppled a statue of President George Washington. Friday, protesters in San Francisco defaced and toppled the statue of former President Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union Army during the Civil War.
Jackson, who has faced ire in the present day for his severe treatment of Native Americans, was the latest historical figure targeted by protesters demanding monuments and memorials to those with racist pasts be taken down. Reuters reported that while protesters failed to take down the Jackson statue, it was defaced Monday night with “killer scum” written on the pedestal.