Trump news – live: President tweets inflammatory videos of racial violence as his adviser insists there will be no coronavirus second wave as infections increase

Trump news – live: President tweets inflammatory videos of racial violence as his adviser insists there will be no coronavirus second wave as infections increase


Trump news – live: President tweets inflammatory videos of racial violence as his adviser insists there will be no coronavirus second wave as infections increase

Trump news – live: President tweets inflammatory videos of racial violence as his adviser insists there will be no coronavirus second wave as infections increase

Trump news – live: President tweets inflammatory videos of racial violence as his adviser insists there will be no coronavirus second wave as infections increase 1

Trump threatens DC protesters after Andrew Jackson statue vandalised with graffiti labelling seventh president ‘killer scum’
 

Black Lives Matter demonstrations are continuing in the US almost a month after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis, with activists in DC attempting to bring down a statue of seventh president Andrew Jackson over night and scrawling graffiti along its base, earning the condemnation of Trump, who threatened them with decade-long jail sentences.

Protesters scrawled “killer scum” on the pedestal of the Jackson monument in Lafayette Square near the White House, pulling on it with ropes before police intervened.

 
The confrontation saw crowds again peacefully protesting the death of Floyd at the same site from which they were forcibly displaced three weeks ago to make way for staged photos of Trump holding up a bible (upside down) in front of nearby St John’s Church.

That same chapel was emblazoned with the letters “BHAZ” yesterday, standing for “Black House Autonomous Zone” in tribute to the occupation effort in Seattle.

 

The thwarted effort to topple the famed bronze likeness of Jackson astride a rearing horse was the latest bid to destroy monuments of historical figures considered racist or divisive.
 

Trump took to Twitter to say that many people were arrested for the “disgraceful vandalism” in Lafayette Park and also for defacing the exterior of St John’s. “Ten years in prison under the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act. Beware!” the president threatened, only to be swiftly corrected.

Monday’s incident began around dusk with scores of protesters, most wearing masks against coronavirus infection, breaking through a six-foot-tall fence erected in recent days around the statue at the centre of the park.

Protesters then climbed onto the monument, fastening ropes and cords around the sculpted heads of both Jackson and his horse and dousing the marble pedestal with yellow paint before the crowd began trying to yank the statue from its base.
 

Dozens of law enforcement officers, led by US Park Police, stormed into the square, swinging batons and firing chemical agents to scatter protesters. By dark, police had taken control and outnumbered demonstrators in the immediate area.

 

Jackson, a former US Army general nicknamed “Old Hickory,” served two terms in the White House, from 1829 to 1837, espousing a populist political style that has sometimes been compared with that of Trump.
 

Native American activists have long criticized Jackson, a Democrat, for signing the 1830 Indian Removal Act, which led to thousands of Native Americans being driven from their lands by the US government and forced to march west, in what became known as the “Trail of Tears.” Many perished before arriving. 


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