President Trump said that he would have those who vandalized and toppled statues arrested and jailed.
Black Lives Matter protestors have been taking down statues of figures with a problematic past and it's not sitting well with the White population. Don Jr., The President's son has been against monuments being torn down by protestors. Over the past month, the statues of Robert E. Lee, George Washington, Christopher Columbus, and many more toppled down by protestors across America in the wake of George Floyd's death on May 25. President Donald Trump's eldest son has now called for vandalized statues to be replaced with that of his father's. Don Jr. made the comment while weighing in on the ongoing debate of maintaining Confederate statues in public places.
Want to save our monuments?— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 23, 2020
Let’s get a movement going to replace any statue torn down during these riots with a new and more sturdy statue of @realDonaldTrump.
The nonsense would stop instantly.
Donald Trump Jr. tweeted: Want to save our monuments? Let's get a movement going to replace any statue torn down during these riots with a new and more sturdy statue of Donald Trump. The nonsense would stop instantly. Donald Trump Jr. was hoping the protestor's hatred for Trump would deter them from taking down such statues. Twitter users slammed the President's eldest son, saying he couldn't even figure out why protestors were tearing down the statues. Twitter user Nestor wrote: The point of removing the statues is to erase the monuments to racism and intolerance, putting up a statue of RACIST Donald Trump would mean we are continuing to erect monuments to racism.
Don Jr.'s tweet comes just days after Donald Trump threatened to jail those who were vandalizing and tearing down statues. Donald Trump called the protestors hoodlums and anarchists. "We are looking at long-term jail sentences for these vandals and these hoodlums and these anarchists and agitators and call them whatever you want. Some people don’t like that language, but that’s what they are," said Trump, reported NBC News. "They’re bad people, they don’t love our country, and they’re not taking down our monuments." He made the comments after protestors tried to take down Andrew Jackson's statue in Lafayette Square outside the White House, in Washington DC. Trump said that law enforcement stopped the "great monument" from being torn down and added that "numerous people are in jail and going to jail today." Trump, who has expressed admiration for populist Andrew Jackson in the past, once describing him as a "swashbuckler," said that he would do what it takes to ensure the statue wasn't taken down.
Trump also tweeted: I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue, or other such Federal property in the US with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent.
Trump labeled the decision to remove President Theodore Roosevelt's statue from outside the American Museum of Natural History as ridiculous. The statue depicts Roosevelt on horseback leading two figures, one African and one Native American, celebrating imperialism. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio supported the decision. "The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior," said de Blasio in a statement, reported NPR. "The City supports the Museum's request. It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue."
With elections around the corner, Trump is keen to appeal to his ultra-conservative supporters by opposing the toppling of Confederate statues. "They're tearing down statues, desecrating monuments and purging dissenters," said Trump of the protestors, at a 'Students for Trump' conference. He called it "the behavior of totalitarians and tyrants." While one can make a case for former Presidents, statues of Confederate leaders have no ground to stand on given that they were traitors and shouldn't in any way be celebrated. They did commit treason when they rebelled against the Union and formed the Confederacy Government, which led to the civil war. The confederacy was formed by the union of 11 Southern states but it's also important to remember why they did so — they were against ending slavery.