President Trump releases images of suspected vandals who tried to tear down statue of President Andrew Jackson


WASHINGTON, D.C. – In light of recent events, President Donald Trump has been rather vocal about his thoughts pertaining to the bad actors and vandals responsible to desecrating and destroying American monuments.

In a recent post to Twitter, the president shared the images of at-large suspects believed to be responsible for vandalism that transpired in the nation’s capital on June 22nd.

President Trump, utilizing his blatant means of conveying disdain for criminal activity, captioned the online post with the following:

“MANY people in custody, with many others being sought for Vandalization of Federal Property in Lafayette Park. 10 year prison sentences!”

In the online post, a flyer donned the mugs of 15 suspects wanted in connection for attempting to topple the statue of President Andrew Jackson at Lafayette Square in D.C. on the evening of June 22nd.

The FBI flyer stated the following:

“On June 22, 2020, at approximately 7:15 p.m., a group of individuals vandalized the statue of President Andrew Jackson at Lafayette Square, located on Pennsylvania Ave NW and 16th Street N. The FBI and the United States Park Police are attempting to identify the individuals responsible for the violation of Destruction of Government Property.”

The flyer also noted that the offense in question is a federal felony. The FBI is asking that is anyone has any information that can help identify the suspect to please call (202) 278-2000.

The noting of 10-years in prison for those accused of engaging in said vandalism is a callback to what President Trump announced earlier in the month of June for vandals convicted of attempting to deface, topple, and destroy our nation’s monuments. 

President Trump has had enough. 

America has had enough.

He’s announced that anyone caught vandalizing monuments or any other federal property can be subject to arrest and face up to 10 years in prison.

His statement comes not long after an attempt to take down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House Monday night.

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This is after a second incident targeting the nearby St. John’s Church, and prior vandalism of the Lincoln Memorial and World War II Memorial.

“I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent,” Trump tweeted.

“This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!”

House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., weighed in on the church attack.  He called it “a chilling message that faith and freedom are enemies in the eyes of the anarchists on the street,” adding that those responsible “must be prosecuted.”

The attacks on historic monuments and statues have spread.

In many cases, they’ve become the targets of recent anger and vandalism in the riots.

In the beginning, the statues under fire were those of Confederate soldiers and generals largely in the South. 

But in recent days, it’s spread to monuments well beyond that historical period.

The Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act that Trump cited calls for up to 10 years behind bars and a fine for anyone who damages or attempts to damage “any structure, plaque, statue, or other monument on public property commemorating the service of any person or persons in the armed forces of the United States.”

On June 22nd, President Trump indicated he’ll sign an executive order meant to protect public statues and monuments in general from being damaged or destroyed.

“We are going to do an executive order and make the cities guard their monuments,” Trump told Eternal Word Television Network’s Raymond Arroyo. “This is a disgrace.”

This all comes just days after protesters in Portland, Oregon wrapped an American flag around the head of a statue of George Washington, lit it on fire, and then toppled the statue.

By the time police arrived on the scene, no one was around except a news crew; the statue was face down covered in graffiti, charred remains of the flag on the ground.

 According to KOIN 6

“Thursday marked the 21st day of protests in Portland sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Two groups — Rose City Justice and Lavender Caucus — hosted a sit-in rally at Jefferson High School in the evening where community members shared their experiences with racism to a crowd of a few hundred.

The group did not hold a march.

A separate group of about 20 people met at NE Sandy Boulevard and NE 57th Avenue around 10 p.m. at the site of a large bronze statue of George Washington. Some wrapped the statue’s head in an American flag and lit the flag on fire.

Their numbers grew over the next hour until there were enough people to pull the statue to the ground. They quickly scattered. A KOIN 6 News crew found the statue face down and covered in graffiti. Portland police arrived a short time later.”

The monument and its base were covered in spray-painted text such as: “Murder,” “Big Floyd,” “F— Cops,” “BLM,” “Damn white men” and “White fragility.” 

A self-proclaimed “citizen journalist” posted the video to Twitter, using multiple hashtags, to include ACAB (All Cops Are Bastards). 

Speaking of journalists and hashtags…how about this post from KOIN 6’s own Jennifer Dowling: 

So much for unbiased reporting. And before you think it was an isolated tweet…here are a few more from the Portland news anchor. 

What does not show in these images, are the BLM fist logos that Dowling and other KOIN reporters have intertwined in their hashtags.

President Trump releases images of suspected vandals who tried to tear down statue of President Andrew Jackson
Snipped image of previous tweet as it appears on the Twitter web application.

Now, back to statues. 

Breitbart reports

“On Sunday, a statue of Thomas Jefferson, the United States’ third president and author of the Declaration of Independence, was defaced and torn down outside a Portland high school.
Photos obtained by Oregon Live show the base of the monument was spray-painted in black with ‘slave owner’ and ‘George Floyd.’

The statue, which was situated in front of Jefferson High School, was yanked down following a protest against police brutality organized by Rose City Justice.

‘There’s an interesting piece of history up here… Mr. Thomas is all beside himself,’ one protester said of the statue being toppled.

‘We’re taking this city back,’ the organizer added. ‘One school at a time. One racist statue at a time.’”

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