Saturday, 4 men have been charged in connection with damage to a statue of President Andrew Jackson during protests near the White House, the Justice Department said.
The 4 are from Washington, DC, Maryland, Maine and Virginia, were charged with destruction of federal property in connection with their alleged effort to tear down President Jackson’s statue on 22 June the Justice Department said.
“This office remains steadfast in its commitment to protect the sacred First Amendment right of individuals to peacefully protest, but these charges should serve as a warning to those who choose to desecrate the statues and monuments that adorn our nation’s capital,” said Acting USAG Michael R. Sherwin.
In the demonstration Monday, protesters scrawled “killer scum” on the statue’s pedestal, fastened ropes and cords around the sculpted heads of both Jackson and his horse and doused the marble base with yellow paint before the crowd began trying to yank the statute from its base.
They failed, and were dispersed by the US Park Police.
Andrew Jackson was the 7th US President: “The Age of Jackson” shaped the national agenda and American politics. His philosophy as President was similar to that of Thomas Jefferson, advocating Republican values held by the Revolutionary generation.
President Jackson took a moral tone, with the belief that agrarian sympathies, and a limited view of states rights and the federal government, would produce less corruption.
He feared that monied and business interests would corrupt Republican values. When South Carolina opposed the tariff law, he took a strong line in favor of nationalism and against secession.
President Jackson believed in the ability of the people to “arrive at right conclusions.” They had the right not only to elect but to “instruct their agents & representatives.”
Office holders should either obey the popular will or resign.
He rejected the view of a powerful and independent Supreme Court with binding decisions, arguing that “the Congress, the Executive, and the Court must each or itself be guided by its own opinions of the Constitution.“
President Jackson believed in strict constructionism as the best way to ensure democratic rule. Andrew Jackson “was far ahead of his times.”
President Trump picked a portrait of his predecessor Andrew Jackson to hang in the Oval Office. President Trump has expressed admiration for the 7th President, whom he called “an amazing figure in American history — very unique so many ways.”
Andrew Jackson is 1 of the most controversial and studied men in America’s history.
Have a healthy weekend, Keep the Faith!