Protesters around the nation have discovered a surefire way to get attention from the mainstream media, and it has not sat well with the Commander in Chief.
We talking about the toppling of historic monuments, which began some weeks ago with the targeting of several sites that bore homage to persons affiliated with the Confederacy of the Civil War. In some cases, local municipalities would get out ahead of the vandals, hoping to prevent anyone from injuring themselves with their amateur redecoration attempts.
In the Kentucky State House, this even led to the discovery of a small, secret stash of a time capsule that included an 84 year old newspaper and similarly historic, but empty, bottle of bourbon.
But when protesters attempted to topple a statue of former President Andrew Jackson just blocks away from the White House, President Trump decided to put his foot down. The Commander in Chief declared that anyone caught vandalizing or attempting to vandalize one of these monuments would be subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
The government is now taking this protective stance up a notch, and they’re calling on some of the nation’s most legendary lawmen to assist.
U.S. Marshals have been told they should prepare to help protect national monuments across the country, according to an email directive viewed by The Washington Post, as President Donald Trump has vowed stern punishment for those who vandalize or destroy such structures as part of police violence protests.
In an email, Marshals Assistant Director Andrew Smith wrote that the service “has been asked to immediately prepare to provide federal law enforcement support to protect national monuments (throughout the country).”
“This is a challenging assignment due to the breadth of possible targets for criminal activity,” Smith wrote. He said the Marshals Incident Management Team would start a Joint Operations Center in Springfield, Va., to coordinate, and every deputy in the Special Operations Group would be made available to help as soon as Thursday. He also asked other districts and divisions to identify people they might be able to lend to the effort until July 8.
In addition to the Marshals, National Guard troops have already been deployed to protect monuments and statues in the nation’s capital, hoping to prevent any further vigilante vandalism.
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