Moments ago, President Trump announced that he has signed a major executive order that will combat far-left thugs who tear down our nations monuments.
“I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues – and combatting recent Criminal Violence. Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!,” Trump tweeted.
Look below at his tweet as it picks up viral attention:
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Here’s more backstory from Fox News:
The president’s order comes after a failed attempt by demonstrators to take down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square near the White House Monday night, a second incident targeting the nearby St. John’s Church, and prior vandalism of the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial. Some people have also vowed to tear down a statue of Abraham Lincoln this week in Lincoln Park on federal park property on Capitol Hill.
Jackson, who has faced ire in the present day for his severe treatment of Native Americans, is among the latest historical figures targeted by protesters demanding monuments and memorials to those with racist pasts be taken down. Reuters reported that while protesters failed to take down the Jackson statue, it was defaced Monday night with “killer scum” written on the pedestal.
Historic monuments and statues have become the targets of anger and vandalism during protests in the wake of George Floyd’s police custody death at the end of May.
The initial statues under fire were those of Confederate soldiers and generals largely in the South, but the anger has spread to monuments well beyond that historical period.
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