WASHINGTON – Amid renewed controversy over racist beginnings, President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order protecting monuments, memorials and statues facing new investigations.
Trump promised to take action earlier this week after police foiled a failed attempt by protesters to erect a statue of Andrew Jackson in a park across the White House.
The order called on the attorney general to bring to justice any person or group who destroys or vandalizes monuments, monuments or statues. Federal law authorizes imprisonment of up to 10 years for “intentional injury” to federal property.
The order also calls for the highest justice for anyone who incites violence and illegal activities, and threatens state and local law enforcement agencies for failing to protect monuments, including loss of federal funds.
Trump announced on Twitter before Friday that he had signed the order and called it “strong.”
Earlier in the day, the president used Twitter to call for the arrest of protesters trying to remove a statue of Jackson from Lafayette Park.
A poster that he wanted an FBI showed pictures of 15 protesters who wanted to “vandalize federal property.”
Trump wrote, “Many people are in custody, with many more attempting to vandalize federal property in Lafayette Park. Ten years imprisonment!
He also said on Twitter that he had canceled plans to spend the weekend at his central New Jersey home to stay in Windsor “to ensure that laws and orders have been enforced.”
Trump tweeted: “These arsonists, anarchists, looters and activists have been massively shut down.” “I’m doing what we need to do to protect our communities – and bring these people to justice!”
On Monday night, protesters tried to pull down Jackson’s statue with ropes and chains. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. On Tuesday, police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.
Figures released by the Metropolitan Police Department show that nine people were arrested on Tuesday night and a total of 12 between Monday and Wednesday. No protest-related arrests were made Thursday, according to MPD.
Protesters have been increasingly encouraged to take aim at images that are deemed offensive or inappropriate. On or after 19 June, a day of enthusiastic crowds in the United States unveiled a statue of Confederate General Albert Pike. The statue stood on federal land and resisted previous attempts by the government in Washington, D.C., to remove it. According to participants, police officers were at the scene but did not attempt to intervene.
Trump and other conservatives have become the target of statues. Shortly after Pike’s law enforcement and arson, Trump called the incident “an insult to our country!” On Twitter.
He tweeted on Tuesday, “I have allowed the federal government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monuments, statues or other national federal property in the United States under the Veterans Memorial Protection Act, or other such laws. It may be relevant.”