Trump signs new executive order to protect statues and monuments

President Donald Trump is putting an end to the lawlessness and destruction plaguing the nation. After talking about it for the past week, the president signed an executive order on Friday to protect monuments, statues, and memorials from vandalism. 

No more will destructive individuals get away with defacing and destroying American statues and memorials with impunity.

Crackdown on lawlessness

Trump has insisted that he is committed to restoring law and order, and it starts by ensuring lawbreakers will be punished for their crimes.

“I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues – and combatting recent Criminal Violence. Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!” President Trump announced on Twitter.

The executive order will restrict funds from state and local governments that fail to protect monuments, statues, and memorials.

Not only will vandals face up to 10 years in prison if convicted for defacing monuments, but now state and local governments have even more incentive to protect important sites from lawless behavior.

This crackdown couldn’t come soon enough as rioters have either torn down statues and defaced monuments across the country.

Statues of historical figures from President George Washington to President Abraham Lincoln, the president who freed the slaves, have been targeted by activist groups and violent actors.

Even a statue of Ulysses S. Grant, the Union general who is considered to have been the most important military leader for the Union and later became president, was recently torn down in San Francisco. Grant himself hated slavery and freed the one slave he had been gifted. He also fought against the Ku Klux Klan and worked to integrate Black Americans into government.

Time to end the madness

The lawless attacks on monuments and statues in America have shown that it is beyond time to end the madness of the past two months.

“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,” Trump’s order reads.

George Floyd’s death was a tragedy but the movement triggered by his death has been hijacked in the name of violence, destruction, and anarchist “revolution.”  Lawlessness has no place in this nation, and it’s encouraging that President Trump, unlike many other leaders, is willing to push back.

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