Trump signs ‘very strong’ executive order protecting US monuments, stays in DC to ‘make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced’
Trump announced the “very strong” order in a tweet on Friday, stating it would protect “monuments, memorials and statues,” as well as combat “recent criminal violence,” promising “long prison terms for these lawless acts.”
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
While few details have emerged about the new directive, on Tuesday Trump said he would sign an order that would “reinforce” existing law, “but in a more uniform way.” Friday’s announcement comes after the president said he had canceled a weekend trip to New Jersey in order to keep an eye on the protests.
“I was going to go to Bedminster, New Jersey, this weekend, but wanted to stay in Washington, DC to make sure LAW & ORDER is enforced. The arsonists, anarchists, looters, and agitators have been largely stopped,” Trump said in a tweet on Friday.
I am doing what is necessary to keep our communities safe – and these people will be brought to Justice!
...I am doing what is necessary to keep our communities safe — and these people will be brought to Justice!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 26, 2020
Weeks of anti-police brutality demonstrations in DC have seen numerous attempts to tear down monuments and statues which activists deem a celebration of racist historical figures, drawing threats of draconian punishment from the president. Earlier on Friday, Trump tweeted out an FBI wanted poster requesting information on 15 suspected statue-defacers, reiterating that the vandals could spend up to a decade in prison.Also on rt.com ‘10-year prison sentences!’ Trump posts WANTED POSTER of statue-targeting vandals – to crickets from Twitter
Earlier this week, Trump vowed to unleash “serious force” on protesters attempting to create an “autonomous zone” in the capital, after activists briefly tried setting up barricades in Lafayette Park, modeled after similar protest encampments in Seattle and elsewhere. The warning, posted to Twitter, was deemed a “threat of harm” by the platform and was hidden behind a “public interest notice,” the latest in a series of the president’s tweets to be flagged or deleted. Friday’s posts about “law and order” and 10-year prison sentences have yet to receive the same treatment, however.Also on rt.com Enforcing the law is now ‘threats of harm’? Twitter CENSORS Trump again
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