President Trump accused states of getting “extremely weak in safeguarding their heritage and safeguarding their society,” adding he would “enacted an act, a quite precise statue and monument act, that puts folks in jail for 10 several years if they try out to do anything at all to deface just one of our monuments or statues.”
The President created a similar declare on Twitter earlier Tuesday, composing, he had “authorized the Federal Govt to arrest any one who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other this sort of Federal assets in the U.S. with up to 10 a long time in jail, for each the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or this kind of other laws that may be pertinent.”
Talking at a law enforcement roundtable around the US-Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona, Trump talked about protests held in Lafayette Park Monday evening where protesters attempted to topple an Andrew Jackson statue.
“Last night time in Washington, we read they were being heading to choose down the statue– Washington, DC, the statue of Andrew Jackson, a lovely statue in Lafayette Park,” Trump mentioned. “We despatched individuals there and regulation enforcement did an incredible career they ran into that spot and we ended up minutes absent.”
“It was a sneak attack,” Trump said.
“Now we have enacted an act, a very precise statue and monument act, that puts individuals in jail for 10 years if they test do just about anything to even deface one particular of our monuments or statues. So we have quite a few people in jail proper now, other folks are likely there, and we’re heading to look at that from a standpoint of retroactivity. We can go back again and glimpse at some of the damage they’ve finished.”
Trump then shifted the aim, and the blame, to states.
“Largely its state destruction since the states have been extremely weak. Very weak, in defending their heritage and guarding their tradition. So the states are going to have to take care of on their own, but we’re there to assist if they want we’ll gladly aid,” Trump claimed.