By Randy Tate
As the saying goes, ‘Play stupid games, win stupid prizes,’ and that certainly applies to Washington, D.C. resident Jason Charter.
Federal agents busted Charter at his residence Thursday for being the alleged “ringleader” in the effort last month to attack and tear down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park across from the White House.
Fox News reports:
Law enforcement sources tell Fox News that Jason Charter was arrested at his residence Thursday morning, without incident, and charged with destruction of federal property. He was arrested by the FBI and U.S. Park Police as part of a joint task force.
These sources add that Charter has connections to Antifa and was in a leadership role on the night of June 22 when a large group of protesters tried to pull down the statue.
'They were very organized,' a federal law enforcement official said. 'Charter was on top of the statue and directing people … they had acid, chisels, straps and a human chain preventing police from getting to the statue.'
The FBI’s criminal complaint against Charter attaches screengrabs of local news videos and accuses him of also being involved in the destruction of the Albert Pike Historical Statue in Washington this month.
Citing video from local news reports, the FBI alleges that Charter is seen 'standing over the toppled Pike Statue, pouring an unknown liquid onto the statue.'
“He is then observed waving others away from the statue, and squatting down behind the statue where his hands are not visible. Seconds later, the statue catches fire. Charter is seen standing over the flames as it burns,” the indictment reads.
In addition, the indictment references a tweet from a Twitter account with the name Jason Charter that says, “Tearing down statues of traitors to the nation is a service to this nation not a crime.”
Uh, yes it is, bonehead.
Another man, Graham Lloyd, 37, turned himself in for similar charges in Portland, Maine. He made an initial appearance in federal court on Wednesday.
Last month, President Trump promised there would be charges coming in the attempts to destroy federal monuments.
“I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials and Statues- and combating recent Criminal Violence. Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country,” he wrote on Twitter after signing the order June 24.
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