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Oh, the irony...


Trump signs executive order to protect monuments
By Grace Segers
June 27, 2020 / 9:13 AM / CBS News

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"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," the order says.

It says "anarchists and left-wing extremists have sought to advance a fringe ideology that paints the United States of America as fundamentally unjust and have sought to impose that ideology on Americans through violence and mob intimidation."

The order also says "it is the policy of the United States to prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal law, and as appropriate, any person or any entity that destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates a monument, memorial, or statue within the United States or otherwise vandalizes government property."

The order calls for law enforcement to "prosecute to the fullest extent" anyone who "participates in efforts to incite violence or other illegal activity in connection with the riots and acts of vandalism."

Federal law authorizes a penalty of up to a decade in prison for the "willful injury" of federal property.

"It is the policy of the United States, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, to withhold Federal support tied to public spaces from State and local governments that have failed to protect public monuments, memorials, and statues from destruction or vandalism," the order continues.


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https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-executive-order-protect-monuments/

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