Fact-checking Trump’s statements on statue vandals
So what did Trump actually do? Did he “authorize” the federal government to arrest those who vandalize these statues?
Facts First: Trump’s actions have simply directed the attorney general to enforce already-existing laws. They don’t create new laws or possible prison sentences.
These laws have been on the books for many years. Trump has not recently authorized the Department of Justice to pursue these cases but has ordered the attorney general to prioritize them.