Trump vows crackdown on monument vandalism

President TrumpDonald John Trump South Korea criticizes Bolton’s book as ‘distorting reality’ of nuclear talks Democrats face tough questions with Bolton protesters trying to tear down Andrew Jackson statue near White House MORE On Tuesday morning, he threatened to affirm a section of the US code that imposed sanctions of up to 10 years in prison in response to the disfigurement of the statues on public property.

In the tweets, the president said he had “authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who destroys or destroys any such monument, statue, or other federal property in the United States” under the existing statute, which states that anyone who “intentionally injures or destroys, or attempts to damage or destroy any structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property that commemorates the service of any person or persons in the United States armed forces. [on federal property] they will be fined under this title, imprisoned for no more than 10 years, or both. “

“This action is effective immediately, but can also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions! “Added the president.

The tweets came the morning after Washington, DC, police used tear gas to clear Lafayette Square from protesters who tried to tear down the statue of President Jackson in the park.

The seventh president is one of several historical figures in the USA. USA Whose legacy has come under scrutiny due to his role in the forced expulsion of Native Americans from ancestral lands, and leftist historian Howard Zinn described him as “the most aggressive enemy of the Indians in the early United States.” history.”

The statues have been knocked down or defaced in various protests across the country, including figures associated with the Confederacy, such as Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia, as well as others more generally associated with racist politics and rhetoric, such as the former mayor of Philadelphia. Frank Rizzo. (D) and various statues of Christopher Columbus.