Turn yourselves in now!
That’s the message President Trump posted on Twitter, directed at two anarchists that defaced a statue of George Washington in Manhattan.
“We are tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday.
“We have them on tape. They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act,” he continued.
We are tracking down the two Anarchists who threw paint on the magnificent George Washington Statue in Manhattan. We have them on tape. They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act. Turn yourselves in now!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2020
Trump’s tweet was in reference to two people who reportedly threw balloons filled with red paint at two depictions of America’s first president. The states stand on opposite sides of the Washington Square Arch in Washington Square Park.
Check it out:
This continues to break my heart over and over and over again…. https://t.co/JqjZHqa85k
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) June 29, 2020
— BILL HEMMER (@BillHemmer) June 29, 2020
“This comes as Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last Sunday that the statue of President Theodore Roosevelt would be removed from the entrance of the Museum of Natural History.”
Statues of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and one of National anthem composer Francis Scott Key were also torn down, the Daily Caller reports.
According to the report, city officials washed the paint off of the Washington statues leaving only a faint reddish hue.
When Trump said in 2017 that statue destroyers would soon move from Robert E. Lee to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, he was mocked by all major media as being stupid and not understanding history. He was right and they were wrong. Again. https://t.co/hVEj4eTU15
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) June 24, 2020
Turning Point’s Benny Johnson reports another Washington statue on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. was also taken down.
It is unclear if this was the result of the protesters or a decision from the administration.
🚨BREAKING: This prominent George Washington statue has been taken down.
The statue is located in Washington DC.
On the campus of George Washington University.
It was paid for with American dollars which feature George Washington.
Seriously, what the hell is going on? pic.twitter.com/pENeXV5B5f
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 24, 2020