Like the rest of us, President Donald Trump has had a rough 2020 so far — and the ongoing attempts to tear down monuments in Washington D.C. are not making it any easier.
Trump was scheduled to visit his golf club in New Jersey this weekend, but he decided Friday to cancel all his weekend plans to stay in D.C. and monitor the situation.
The unrest continues
“I was going to go to Bedminster, New Jersey, this weekend, but wanted to stay in Washington, D.C. to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced. The arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped … I am doing what is necessary to keep our communities safe — and these people will be brought to Justice!” Trump tweeted on Friday.
I was going to go to Bedminster, New Jersey, this weekend, but wanted to stay in Washington, D.C. to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced. The arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2020
The protests around the country and in D.C. started a month ago with the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died while being restrained by police.
The shocking video ignited enormous protests in cities across America against police brutality in support of Black Americans, but leftist activists have seized the momentum to push for “defunding the police” and “dismantling the system” — part of which appears to include erasing public monuments to “problematic” historical figures.
A number of monuments to historical figures have been vandalized, toppled, or targeted for removal, including statues of former President George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and Teddy Roosevelt.
The Emancipation Memorial in Washington D.C., which depicts President Abraham Lincoln and a newly-freed slave, was fenced off this week under threat of attack.
An attempt to topple a statue of President Andrew Jackson nearby was stopped earlier this week, and police are searching for those involved. At least nine have been arrested, Fox News reported.
Trump signs order to protect monuments
President Trump signed an executive order on Friday to help protect public monuments and statues from lawless destruction.
“Individuals and organizations have the right to peacefully advocate for either the removal or the construction of any monument. But no individual or group has the right to damage, deface, or remove any monument by use of force,” the order reads.
“My Administration will not allow violent mobs incited by a radical fringe to become the arbiters of the aspects of our history that can be celebrated in public spaces. State and local public officials’ abdication of their law enforcement responsibilities in deference to this violent assault must end,” it continues.
Trump’s choice to stay in D.C. this weekend sounds like a smart one.