President Donald Trump insisted on Monday that protesters have stopped ripping racist statues down because he imposed a 10-year prison sentence. The problem is that he has no such power.
Statues, especially Confederate statues have been coming down in recent weeks partly due to cities agreeing to remove them after pressure or protesters taking matters into their own hands.
Of course, this infuriates Trump, who has a Confederacy fetish and an obsession with becoming a dictator.
So, he “authorized” a law that was already in effect.
Now he’s declaring that statues have been saved because of him and the 10-year prison term he claimed to have imposed as punishment.
Since imposing a very powerful 10 year prison sentence on those that Vandalize Monuments, Statues etc., with many people being arrested all over our Country, the Vandalism has completely stopped. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2020
Last time I checked, Congress makes the laws and the judicial system decides the appropriate sentence for those who allegedly break them. Twitter users not only reminded him of that fact, but they also ripped Trump for ignoring the coronavirus and failing to do anything to punish murderer cops.
Are your followers dumb enough to think a president can set criminal penalties or do they just play along with this nonsense to keep pretending the emperor has clothes?
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) June 28, 2020
mister president sir, this is the least-important issue in America today. but I guess when you’re in over your head and flailing and unable to stop the mass deaths or stop the mass unemployment, this is all you have left to run on, so carry on, protect those monuments to traitors
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) June 28, 2020
We’ve reached category 5 meltdown at 8AM pic.twitter.com/i8I9BHAUMr
— Donald J. Trump (parody) (@DonnyTheMessiah) June 28, 2020
You did nothing.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 28, 2020
Imagine caring about the coronavirus pandemic that is spiking all across our country in record numbers as much as statues.
But here we are. ?
— Angela Belcamino (@AngelaBelcamino) June 28, 2020
If someone gets 10 years for vandalizing a statue, I wonder how many you will get for selling out our troops to Putin? ?
— I’m here for the comments (@allipet33) June 29, 2020
What about the officers that MURDERED Breonna Taylor?
— Emily (@_emilyrj) June 29, 2020
Much of the vandalism probably stopped in DC and elsewhere because law enforcement fenced off the statutes. BUT it hasn’t stopped the BLM protestors or the progress of that movement.
— Laura Dean (@81LauraD45) June 29, 2020
Presidents don’t impose sentences, the courts do after following due process of law
— Venson Jones (@VensonJones4) June 29, 2020
You have no power to impose a 10 year sentence. That power belongs to Congress to authorize, and to the courts to impose. But you just keep dreaming.
— Nancy Reeves (@NEOHDiver) June 29, 2020
America needs a president who understands the Constitution again.
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