President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr have promised to crack down on those responsible for the violence and destruction that came in the wake of protests over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd in Minneapolis — and it looks like they just made some progress in that regard.
According to the New York Post, federal authorities with the FBI and U.S. Park Police arrested an Antifa-linked individual who they say was the “ringleader” of an attack on a monument of former President Andrew Jackson in Washington’s Lafayette Park.
“They were very organized”
According to The Hill, President Trump signed an executive order in late June to protect national monuments from further destruction. Among other things, the order reportedly directed Barr “to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under federal law” those responsible for violence directed at federal property.
Now, it looks like that’s exactly what’s happening.
The feds arrested the alleged “ringleader” of the effort to topple the Jackson statue, Jason Charter, at his home on Thursday. According to the New York Post, Charter has strong connections to Antifa.
Barr has previously indicated that much of the violence and destruction could be traced back to extremist groups — and that apparently rang true in this case, according to a federal official who spoke with Fox News.
“They were very organized,” the official said, according to the Post. “Charter was on top of the statue and directing people.”
The official went on: “They had acid, chisels, straps, and a human chain preventing police from getting to the statue.”
“Statues of traitors”
President Jackson, for his part, is one of many historical figures who have been targeted by the left amid allegations of long-standing systemic racism. Charter and his fellow leftists consider Jackson a traitor to this country, rather than as someone who laid the groundwork for the nation we have today.
According to the Post, Charter has even been linked to a tweet that stated: “Tearing down statues of traitors to the nation is a service to this nation, not a crime.”
The problem with Charter and those like him is that they are trying to hold the actions of people from centuries ago to today’s standard, which is ridiculous. Oddly enough, though, people are falling for this ruse.
But history is not be erased; it is to be learned from. It seems those on the left, sadly, never got that memo.