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With vandalism from far-left anarchists continuing to sweep the nation, President Trump has promised to issue a “powerful” executive order by Friday that will provide further legal protection for statues and federal monuments on public lands and possibly increased penalties for lawbreakers.
In the meantime, the Pentagon has mobilized the National Guard to protect the monuments from mobs along with an increased police presence in these areas.
During a press conference alongside the president of Poland, the president said that “I think we’re going to have a strong executive order…we have the Monuments Act already…but I think we’re going to consolidate various things…we’re gonna have a very powerful statement…we have very strong laws already on the books…”
At the presser, Trump also asserted that in addition to arrests already made, the FBI is investigating hundreds of protesters who have allegedly tried to deface or tear down America’s cultural heritage and history, both the good and bad aspects of it, as the president himself pointed out yesterday on Twitter.
The president implied that the perpetrators are historically illiterate. “Many of the people knocking down these statues don’t have any idea what the statue is, what it means, who it is.”
He promised that efforts to remove statues honoring Ulysses S. Grant, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and even Jesus “is not going to happen as long as I’m here.”
He also blasted Democrats for lack of caring about (and possibly tacit approval of) the vandalism.
The executive order, which is still being drafted will supplement the Veterans Memorial Preservation Act.
On Tuesday, the president tweeted that law enforcement needs to get serious about preventing the vandalism.
“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!”
“The president’s comments came after a failed attempt by demonstrators 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. Some people have also vowed to tear down a statue of Abraham Lincoln this week in Lincoln Park on federal park property on Capitol Hill,” Fox News reported.
“It is unclear, at this point, if the executive order would go further than [existing penalties], but the president said Tuesday that it would simply ‘reinforce what’s already there, but in a more uniform way,” the network added.
(Source: Fox News)
In the meantime, U.S. Rep. Jim Banks (R. Ind.) is introducing a bill called the Defending America’s Heritage and Culture Act that would specifically make desecrating memorials to U.S. presidents and our Founding Fathers a federal crime punishable by up to 10 years behind bars.
It seems unlikely that this bill could pass the House, however, as long as far-left Democrats hold the majority in the chamber.
In his remarks, President Trump also mentioned that the 20-most crime-ridden cities in America are controlled by radical-left Democrats.
Parenthetically, most of the jurisdictions where protesters are demonstrating against systemic or institutional racism and police brutality are also under Democrat political control.
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