The Rundown on Trump’s Executive Order on Monuments
On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order to protect federal monuments and property from vandalism and damage by conditioning federal funding for localities and states on carrying the order out. The order calls the nationwide vandalism of statues and monuments “criminal acts” that have been organized by “agitators who have traveled across State lines to promote their own violent agenda,” according to the Daily Caller.
The order also reads:
“In the last week, vandals toppled a statue of President Ulysses S. Grant in San Francisco. To them, it made no difference that President Grant led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the Civil War, enforced Reconstruction, fought the Ku Klux Klan, and advocated for the Fifteenth Amendment, which guaranteed freed slaves the right to vote. In Charlotte, North Carolina, the names of 507 veterans memorialized on a World War II monument were painted over with a symbol of communism. And earlier this month, in Boston, a memorial commemorating an African-American regiment that fought in the Civil War was defaced with graffiti. In Madison, Wisconsin, rioters knocked over the statue of an abolitionist immigrant who fought for the Union during the Civil War. Christian figures are now in the crosshairs, too. Recently, an influential activist for one movement that has been prominent in setting the agenda for demonstrations in recent weeks declared that many existing religious depictions of Jesus and the Holy Family should be purged from our places of worship.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2020
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 27, 2020
The order directs Attorney General Barr and the Justice Department to prosecute anyone who “destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates” statues and/or monuments, as well as to prosecute “any person or any entity that participates in efforts to incite violence or other illegal activity in connection with the riots and acts of vandalism.”
The order later says conditions federal aid and/or grants on local and state compliance in protecting these monuments, memorials and statues.
This move by Trump will go a long way in defeating these radical movements taking over our nation’s cities. Since the order was signed, four people have been charged by the SOJ in connection to the attack on the Andrew Jackson statue in D.C.’s Lafayette Square earlier this week. This is a culture war we, as Americans, must win, and win big.