Following protestors' recent attempt to bring down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square on Monday night President Trump made a declaration.
People everywhere began protesting police brutality in the aftermath of George Floyd's death while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers. In the past few days, historic statues and monuments became the target of their anger as they vandalized statues of Confederate soldiers and general mostly in the South initially. Now, their anger has stretched beyond those of historical origins. According to Fox News, a statue of President George Washington was toppled by protestors in Portland, Oregan, on Thursday. Then on Friday demonstrators defaced and tumbled the statue of former President Ulysses S. Grant, who during the Civil War led the Union Army, in San Francisco.
A statue of George Washington was pulled down by protesters on Thursday night, which was Juneteenth eve. The nation's first president owned slaves. https://t.co/AtdRRGribt— News 9 (@NEWS9) June 19, 2020
But following their recent attempt to bring down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square near the White House, on Monday night President Donal Trump made an announcement. On Tuesday morning, he declared that anyone who is caught vandalizing monuments or any other federal property could be subjected to arrest and could face up to 10 years in jail. 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, wrote Trump in a tweet.
1. You can't make laws effective retroactively.— Jenny Halasz #BlackLivesMatter #MasksForAll (@jennyhalasz) June 23, 2020
2. The federal government doesn't have jurisdiction to arrest people for this.
3. Laws already exist to protect property.
4. You are an idiot, wannabe dictator.
This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions! it continued. The same day House Minority Leader Representative Kevin McCarthy took to Twitter to address the attack as a second instance of the nearby St. John’s Church being targetted. Calling the incident a "chilling message that faith and freedom are enemies," he wrote: The second attack on St. John’s Church is a chilling message that faith and freedom are enemies in the eyes of the anarchists on the street. Perpetrators must be prosecuted. These senseless attacks must be stopped.
Second attack on the St John's church A house of God— Sinking California (@SinkingCalifor1) June 23, 2020
a house for We The People to worship that has great historical value to our Country . Many Presidents have worshiped here. https://t.co/TSOV1vfweR
The statue of Andrew Jackson was attacked by protestors who demanded that the historical figure be removed for its controversial racist past. Jackson has been a subject of criticism in the present day for his harsh treatment of Native Americans. Although the protestors failed to bring Jackson's statue down, it was defaced with the words "killer scum" written on the pedestal on Monday night. To counter these increasing number of vandalism of historical monuments brought everyone's attention to the Veterans' Memorial Preservation Act which calls for up to 10 years in prison and the payment of a hefty fine for anyone who destroys or attempts to damage "any structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States."
On Monday night, the President assured that he would sign an executive order which was meant to protect public monuments and statues in general from being damaged or destroyed. "We are going to do an executive order and make the cities guard their monuments," he told Raymond Arroyo from Eternal Word Television Network. "This is a disgrace." Trump lashed out at the demonstrators while in Arizona and called them "anarchists" and hoodlums" for trying to destroy the statue of Jackson. "Numerous people are in jail and going to jail today. We're looking at long-term sentences for these vandals and hoodlums and anarchists and agitators, Trump said on Tuesday according to U.S. News. "Call them whatever you want. Some people don't like that language, but that's what they are. They're bad people. They don't love our country. And they're not taking down our monuments," he added.
FAILED LEADERSHIP— MURRAY 🗽 (@murray_nyc) June 23, 2020
Trump is more concerned about protecting statues than he is about saving Americans.
Perhaps if he showed this much "passion" for the PEOPLE of this nation, more than 120,000 would not have died during a pandemic which he FAILED to successfully respond to.