President Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed that he would never allow leftists to set up an autonomous zone in Washington, DC.
“There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “If they try they will be met with serious force!”
The president commented after rioters tried to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park across from the White House and set up a zone free of police. St. John’s Church was also vandalized with spray paint with the letters BHAZ (Black House Autonomous Zone).
Park Police moved in with riot gear and pepper spray in a display of force that forced back the crowd. D.C. Metro police also assisted forcing the rioters out of the park.
Trump warned the group of vandals that they faced ten years in prison.
“I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act,” he wrote.
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Today, as it was a hundred and sixty years ago, America stands on the edge of an ever-widening chasm of cultural, ideological, political, racial and sectional divisions. In 1860, there was at least one prominent voice of reason that cried out to end the nation’s mad rush into the abyss, that of Charles Mason of Iowa. Mason was a Northern Democrat who not only understood the conflicting issues that were then pulling the nation apart, but reasonably viewed the rights and wrongs of both secession and slavery, as well as strongly opposing Lincoln’s invasion of the South to militarily force the departed States back into the Union. Like many others in both the North and South, Mason did not approve of secession, but felt that as there was nothing in the Constitution to bar a State from abrogating its contract with America and peacefully withdrawing from the Union, that it was solely a matter for the people of each State to decide on their own. His fervent hope though was that if secession did become a reality and a new Southern nation created, that the two countries could then begin to negotiate their differences in a peaceful manner, somehow resolve them and ultimately reunite.
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