NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump called Tuesday for two “anarchists” to turn themselves in on federal charges for vandalizing statues of George Washington in New York City.
“We have them on tape,” Trump tweeted. “They will be prosecuted and face 10 years in Prison based on the Monuments and Statues Act. Turn yourselves in now!”
New York City police released surveillance footage showing two unidentified men early Monday throwing balloons filled with red paint at the statues in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park.
Trump tweeted last week he had “authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S.”
Trump also signed an executive order saying his administration would “not allow violent mobs incited by a radical fringe to become the arbiters of the aspects of our history that can be celebrated in public spaces.”