President Donald Trump warned last week that if rowdy protesters continued to destroy federal monuments, they would pay.
Now, according to Politico, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced that four people who allegedly attempted to topple an Andrew Jackson memorial near the White House have been arrested and are facing felony charges.
Felony charges filed
The four individuals, who were reportedly caught on tape attempting to tear down the Jackson statue, have all been identified.
According to Politico, 47-year-old Virginia resident Lee Michael Cantrell, 20-year-old Washington, D.C. resident Connor Matthew Judd, 37-year-old Marylander Ryan Lane, and 37-year-old Graham Lloyd, who is from Maine, have all been charged with the destruction of federal property for an incident that the DOJ says occurred at D.C.’s Lafayette Square on Monday.
Politico reported that the men allegedly attempted to remove the statue because protesters deemed it to be offensive.
The claims are based on Jackson’s treatment of Native Americans and his history of being a slaveowner. Jackson is infamous for the “Trail of Tears,” as well as the Indian Removal Act of 1830, according to an entry on the Library of Congress website.
Time for law and order
After signing an executive order protecting national monuments last week, Trump took a shot at individuals like these who are trying to rip down these monuments.
“I think many of the people that are knocking down the statues don’t even have any idea what the statue is, what it means, who it is when they knocked down,” the president told reporters Wednesday, according to Politico.
He went on: “Now they are looking at Jesus Christ, they are looking at George Washington, they’re looking at Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson. Not going to happen, not going to happen while I’m here.”
Indeed, with the Justice Department’s latest move, it looks like the Trump administration is standing true to the president’s word: law and order will be restored, and destruction of federal property simply won’t be tolerated.
The president doubled down on that message in a tweet published Wednesday.
….the good and the bad. It is important for us to understand and remember, even in turbulent and difficult times, and learn from them. Knowledge comes from the most unusual of places!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2020