By Duncan Smith
President Trump, fed up with the destruction of historical monuments and statutes, said Monday the White House is preparing an executive order that will mandate cities protect them from being destroyed or torn down.
The destruction of monuments and statutes has ramped up in recent weeks, civil disobedience that began anew in response to Americans seeking justice for George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis but which has now been hijacked by anarchists and Marxists.
During an interview with Eternal Word Television Network, Trump shared his opinion on the fight against Confederate monuments with host Raymond Arroyo.
Trump described the removal of statues and monuments as a 'disgrace' while he lauded the figures as 'magnificent artwork.'
'It's a disgrace,' Trump said. 'Remember, some of this is great artwork. This is magnificent artwork, as good as there is anywhere in the world, as good as you see in France, as good as you see anywhere. It's a disgrace.'
Despite the detailed history behind the statues, Trump claimed, 'Most of these people don't even know what they're taking down.'
Trump voiced his disapproval of a particular statue being forcefully removed by protesters. On Friday, the Ulysses S. Grant statue in San Francisco was toppled by protesters.
'You saw it … where they want to take [Grant] down. He's the one who stopped the ones that everyone dislikes so much,' Trump said.
Trump went on to announce his intent to sign an executive order protecting monuments, 'Very soon we're going to do an executive order and we're going to make the cities guard their monuments.'
After anarchists in Washington, D.C., attempted to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, DC and Park Police officers saved it.
BREAKING from Lafayette Square in front of The White House pic.twitter.com/jkRBdfUMRu
— Richie?McG? (@RichieMcGinniss) June 23, 2020
Police have arrived at the White House where Rioters are trying to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson ..stop the madness pic.twitter.com/j6Ervcad0j
— Ruthann (@TeaBoots) June 23, 2020
But the incident led the president to warn that federal charges are coming for anyone who destroys or defaces monuments on federal property.
…..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
This is overdue. The president is right. Stop the madness. Rule of law.
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