Saturday, June 27, 2020

President Trump Signs Order Promising ‘long prison terms’ For Defacing Monuments

President Trump on Friday signed an executive order that he says will toughen enforcement of penalties for those who vandalize monuments.
“I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues – and combatting recent Criminal Violence,” Trump tweeted. “Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!”
The text of the order was not immediately released by the White House.
Trump spent much of this week warning anti-police brutality activists and other protesters not to deface or topple monuments, saying they risk 10 years in prison under the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act.
On Friday, Trump tweeted the photos of 15 people who participated in a failed attempt Monday to topple a statue of President Andrew Jackson facing the White House.
“10 year prison sentences!” he wrote, circulating an FBI “wanted” poster of suspects.
Protests against the killing last month of George Floyd by Minnesota police increasingly have targeted statues in cities across the country.
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