BREAKING: Trump proposes strong punishment for statue vandals “If they even try, an automatic 10 years in prison”

Sunday morning, President Trump tweeted:

No, Radical Left anarchists, agitators, looters or protesters will not be knocking down or harming the Washington Monument, the Lincoln or Jefferson Memorials, or just about any other Federal Monumrnt or Statue. If they even try, an automatic 10 years in prison. Sorry!

Per Fox News, Trump has been vocal about protecting monuments and punishing vandals, especially following incidents involving a monument of Andrew Jackson and vandalism at the Lincoln Memorial, World War II Memorial and St. John’s Church.

Under the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act, offenders can face up to 10 years behind bars and a fine for damaging 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.”

Earlier this month, Trump signed an executive order dealing with building and rebuilding monuments.

“To destroy a monument is to desecrate our common inheritance,” the order said.

FreeBeacon reported last week Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.)  expressed indifference about mobs tearing down statues of historical figures across the country.

“People will do what they do,” Pelosi said when asked about Baltimore’s statue of Christopher Columbus being destroyed by a mob. “I don’t even have my grandmother’s earrings.”

She added that heroic figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln would “want us to be talking about the future,” saying that when young people visit the Capitol she tells them, “Everything we do here is about you.”

Pelosi’s comments come as rioters are pushing to tear down monuments and statues to important historical figures.

Baltimore police did nothing to stop vandals from dragging the statue down from its perch in Little Italy and throwing it piecemeal into the harbor on the night of July 4. Divers recovered bits of it Monday morning, organized by members of the Italian-American community in Baltimore, which is Pelosi’s birthplace.