Protestors ripped apart Gandhi's statue: said US President Donald Trump
Donald Trump, the president of US described the demonstrators who are rioting after the death of George Floyd as a "bunch of thugs" at an election rally attended by over 44,000 people on Friday, September 19. After the heart-wrenching incident of George Floyd, the protestors went violent and did not leave alone the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Washington DC, said, Trump.
On May 25, a white police officer named Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for over eight minutes. Floyd was handcuffed and pinned to the ground. The barbaric incident went viral on the internet and 'black lives matter' movement spread across the globe. The 46-year-old Floyd succumbed to death pleading for his life as he could not breathe. The protestors since then went on vandalizing, rioting and looting across the country.
"You know, they started ripping down Abraham Lincoln. When they hit Lincoln, I said wait a minute. This is the man and you can do - then they hit George Washington, Thomas Jefferson. They had everybody," Trump said.
Trump spoke about the vandalizing of the Gandhi statue by miscreants. He mentioned about an executive order that he had signed recently. It would put the miscreants behind the bars for 10 years. Since the order, the situation has gone smooth as he mentioned.
"They even had Gandhi. All Gandhi wanted was one thing, peace. Right? We have peace. Rip down his statue. We don't like him. I don't think they have any idea what they're doing," Trump said.
The Embassy of India here, with the help of National Park Police and the State Department, had restored the vandalised statue later.
"I think they're just a bunch of thugs, okay, you want to know the truth. I think they're a bunch of thugs," he said.
"We had a period when they were ripping down all of the statues and monuments, and I said to my people four months ago, I said this is crazy. These people--and they don't even know," Trump said.
"Because you know why? They look and they say I want to take on that statue. I'm going to take down that statue. That statue's coming down. And then somebody says, you know, it's 10 years in jail. They go that's too much. I'm getting out of here. It's true," he said amidst laughter.
"Ten years is not acceptable. Ten years is a lot to rip down a statue, have a little fun, especially when they have no idea what they're ripping down. But we have an idea what they're ripping down. They're ripping down, in many cases, greatness. They're ripping down our past. They're ripping down our history," he said.
"That's where these guys begin. The take away your history. You look at the Middle East. You look all over. Look what ISIS did. Look what all of them do. They go down and they go to museums and they break everything and they rip everything. They want to take away your past. They are not taking away the past of the United States of America. Not as long as I'm here," Trump said. PTI