President Trump dropped the hammer early this morning after another night of disgraceful behavior by a few malcontents in the nation’s capital.
They defaced St John’s Church, tried to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson, and attempted to make a free zone like Seattle.
Enter Trump: “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…..
…..This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!”
From The Hill:
President Trump on Tuesday threatened that protesters who attempted to establish an “autonomous zone” in the nation’s capital would be met with “serious force” following a night of protests near the White House.
“There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!” Trump tweeted.
The threat came after tense demonstrations on Monday night where protesters attempted to topple a statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square across the street from the White House.
Law enforcement intervened, deploying pepper spray and using force to disperse the protest before the statue could be pulled down.
The Washington Post reported that the letters “BHAZ” were spray painted on the columns of St. John’s Church in the park and on a piece of plywood on H Street, an acronym for “Black House Autonomous Zone.”
The phrase appeared to be taking after the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” in Seattle that was established earlier this month amid protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
…..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