| Washington Examiner
Democrats say federal authorities should not intervene when crowds of protesters deface and destroy monuments.
President Trump issued an executive order on Tuesday authorizing the federal government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument that resides on U.S. federal property. An individual could face up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act.
“It’s not our role, and that this was acting locally, and people are working on it. I don't feel the need to intervene,” Oregon Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer told the Washington Examiner.
Connecticut Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro said the protesters “ought to be protesting Attorney General William Barr” instead.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Thursday, nearly a week after protesters tore down a Confederate statue in the district and set it on fire, that “a mob” should not determine what happens to statues in localities such as Washington.
“This is what I think we need to do with statues … is to have a reasonable conversation on statues and other historical figures. Not have a mob decide they want to pull it down and certainly not destroy anything in the district and set it on fire,” she said. “So my first response to you is, we need to maintain safety and order around statues.”
Indiana Democratic Rep. Andre Carson, however, explained to the Washington Examiner that the process of removing the statues by government has taken too long.
“I think you have to understand that there are Democrats who are saying that there is a process to this and the process is taking place," Carson said. "The problem is that after years and decades of critiques, and an insistence that these statues be removed, bureaucrats have refused to take these statues down, and now the people are speaking now.”
Maryland Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen told the Washington Examiner, “Monuments that celebrate those who fought to protect the institution of slavery really have no place in the public square. They need to be taken down, and I understand the sentiment to pull them down, and we need to be working with people to pull them down.” READ MORE