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President Biden reverses Trump-era policy penalizing anyone who defaces monuments

Joe Biden has reversed a plethora of Trump-era policies since his inauguration in January, the latest being an executive order which prosecuted individuals more harshly who vandalize and destroy federal monuments.

On Friday, Joe Biden reversed a series of executive orders and policies of former president Donald Trump, one of which he implemented just a year ago in the wake of the BLM/Antifa riots. The order, which would punish criminals more harshly for crimes of defacing/destroying federal monuments and statues of confederate soldiers. Additionally, this order would have cut funding to cities and states who stood by and allowed these monuments to be defaced. Trump’s order, which he issued in June 2020, instructed the federal government “to prosecute to the fullest extent” any person “that destroys, damages, vandalizes, or desecrates a monument, memorial, or statue”.

According to the BBC, “The proclamation – which singled out “rioters, arsonists and left-wing extremists” – was a popular talking point for the Republican president at his rallies.” Joe Biden signed away multiple other executive orders from his predecessor, including a measure that would require immigrants to show proof they could cover medical costs before entering the U.S., as well as a measure on Section 230, which would hold Big Tech companies responsible for many of the actions they take on users and free speech.

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ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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