At a time where the nation is in uproar over racial justice and inequality, protesters nationwide have been taking it upon themselves to tear down historical monuments of leaders of the Confederacy. After police had to stop a group of protesters from overturning a statue of President Andrew Jackson outside of the White House on Monday evening, President Donald Trump has had enough and stated that he will issue an executive order to protect monuments and public statues while prosecuting protestors who try to remove, damage, or destroy these aspects of American history.
“I will have an executive order very shortly, and all it’s really going to do is reinforce what’s already there, but in a more uniform way,” Trump Said.
In this new executive order, anyone who willfully injures or destroys, or attempts to injure or destroy, any structure, plaque, statue or other monument on public property commemorating the service of any person or persons in the United States Armed Forces can be fined, imprisoned up to 10 years, or both.
Trump tweeted Monday evening that those who tried to topple the statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park across from the White House were facing 10 years in prison under the Veterans Memorial Preservation Act.
“This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!” Trump tweeted.
…..This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020