Trump Authorizes Feds to Jail Anyone Who ‘Vandalizes or Destroys Any Monument' For Up to 10 YEARS

| The U.S. Sun

The President's Tuesday morning announcement on Twitter came as protesters across the nation have toppled Confederate statues. "I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent.....," Trump tweeted early Tuesday.

Trump said in a second tweet: ".....This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused."

"There will be no exceptions!" he said.

Last night, protesters in Washington DC tried to topple a statue of former US President Andrew Jackson outside the White House.

Pictures shared by MSNBC on Tuesday morning showed a federal security officer biking around a closed Lafayette Park.

The statue of Jackson could be seen in front of the White House, with the word "KILLER" spray painted across the bottom.

Videos posted on social media from Monday night showed angry protesters climb on the statue, tie ropes around it, and attempt to force it from the pedestal.

The statue depicts Jackson in a military uniform, riding a horse that is rearing on its hind legs – but protesters gathered en masse this week to tear it down.

Hundreds of people locked arms to pull it down apparently in protest against the 19th century president's treatment of Native American.

Jackson remains in its place but protesters damaged the wooden wheels of four replica canons at its base, reported The Washington Post.

"Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Andrew Jackson’s got to go," protesters shrieked as they threw rope around the statue of the controversial seventh president.

On June 19, or Juneteenth – the day celebrating when slaves in Texas were freed in 1865 – demonstrators in Portland, Oregon pulled down a statue of George Washington. Protesters set an American flag on fire and put it over Washington's head before the statue was toppled.

The words "GENOCIDAL COLONIST" were seen spray painted on the base of the statue before it was pulled down.

One of America’s founding fathers, Washington was a rich Virginia planter and a slaveholder.

The Smithsonian Magazine said: “Of the nine presidents who owned slaves, only Washington freed his."

CNN commentator Angela Rye, however, recently demanded the downing of all George Washington and Thomas Jefferson statues as they both owned slaves.

"American history is not all glorious. George Washington was a slave owner," Rye said.

"We need to call slave owners out for what they are." READ MORE

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