Americans have been vocal in their outrage as numerous activists target national monuments and statues.
What has been even more shocking is how many local and state leaders (mostly Democrats) have stood by and allowed vandalism, destruction, and even violence against the statues of George Washington, Christopher Columbus, and Abraham Lincoln.
President Trump has frequently condemned the violence, as well as the move to tear down statues of historic leaders. He has in the past promised strict penalties for anyone that attacks a national monument.
And now he has promised to use VMPA, the Veterans Memorial Preservation Act, to give vandals up to 10 years in prison:
No, Radical Left anarchists, agitators, looters or protesters will not be knocking down or harming the Washington Monument, the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials, or just about any other Federal Monument or Statue. If they even try, an automatic 10 years in prison. Sorry!
Some conservatives have been critical of Trump’s response in the early days of these attacks. But as president, it is his duty to let local and state leaders do their job to defend these landmarks.
It can be assumed that if Trump swooped in immediately with a response (such as using the National Guard), Democrats would have accused him of abusing his power.
Its recent weeks, we’ve seen local leaders refuse to stop violence against statues, monuments, and landmarks—many of which are on federal property. Protests in the nation’s capital have frequently targeted historic monuments, with rumors swirling that activists are planning more attacks.
President Trump can instruct the DOJ to prosecute anyone who attacks a federal monument with the VMPA. This law forbids the vandalizing of federal monuments and property, with penalties as high as 10 years in jail.
It appears Trump is going to advise the Justice Department to pursue the highest sentencing, 10 years, for anyone that tries to damage some of our oldest and most iconic monuments.
- President Trump, once again, vowed to punish vandals with 10 years in prison.
- Numerous local Democrats have refused to stop violence against historic landmarks.
- Trump has been vocal in his stance against the removal of statues of historic figures.