President Trump seemed to be particularly unnerved by the recent escalation in rhetoric coming from the protesters in Washington DC. These demonstrators were very near to the White House and attempting to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson for his part in the tragic Trail of Tears.
Then just a few blocks further away, another glut of protesters were attempting to steal some of the thunder of their Seattle counterparts by setting up the “Black House Autonomous Zone”.
All of this seems to have hit a little close to home for the Commander in Chief, who was soon threatening statue vandals with up to 10 years in federal prison.
Now, just a few days later, authorities are ramping up their efforts to protest these sites as well.
U.S. Marshals have been told they should prepare to help protect national monuments across the country, according to an email directive viewed by The Washington Post, as President Donald Trump has vowed stern punishment for those who vandalize or destroy such structures as part of police violence protests.
In an email, Marshals Assistant Director Andrew Smith wrote that the service “has been asked to immediately prepare to provide federal law enforcement support to protect national monuments (throughout the country).”
“This is a challenging assignment due to the breadth of possible targets for criminal activity,” Smith wrote. He said the Marshals Incident Management Team would start a Joint Operations Center in Springfield, Va., to coordinate, and every deputy in the Special Operations Group would be made available to help as soon as Thursday. He also asked other districts and divisions to identify people they might be able to lend to the effort until July 8.
This effort is in addition to the deployment of the National Guard to several historical monuments around the Washington DC area.