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President Trump Authorizes Federal Law Enforcement to Protect Monuments

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Protesters make signs after protesters tried to topple a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington, on Monday, June 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Before heading to Arizona today, President Trump is authorizing effective immediately and retroactively federal law enforcement to protect public statues and monuments celebrating veterans from being damaged or destroyed by far-left and anarchist protesters. The order comes with a 10 year prison sentence.

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!

Protesters clashed with police on Monday in a park near the White House as they tried to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson, the nation’s seventh president. Police moved into Lafayette Square with reports of pepper spray being used to clear the crowd. President Trump took to Twitter to say that “numerous people” had been arrested for what he called “disgraceful vandalism” of the “magnificent Statue of Andrew Jackson.” He suggested prison sentences of ten years.

It will be interesting to see how the federal branch can impose its will on these cities and municipalities. Far-left activist Shaun King on Monday said all images depicting Jesus as a “white European” should be torn down including stained glass adorning churches.

Monday night, hours after Arroyo interviewed Trump, a group of protesters attempted to pull down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington D.C.’s Lafayette Park before being pushed back by police.