Donald Trump’s Campaign Team Considers Statues As Rally Props

As Americans tear down monuments to Confederate generals, the president and his campaign team are considering erecting new statues, which they’d then carry around and use as props at campaign rallies. Trump resumed holding political rallies last month, and protecting monuments to the Confederacy has become a part of his platform.

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Trump has warned that anyone who removes or damages statues or monuments could face ten years in prison. He even signed an executive order, and announced that this had brought statue desecration to a complete halt, although two days later he also said that vandals had thrown paint on a statue of George Washington.

During his Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore, Trump announced that he would be signing an executive order to create an outdoor park. Called the Garden of Heroes, it would be full of “statues of the greatest Americans to ever live.”

According to ABC News, the statues may not all be in the park. Trump’s campaign team is considering bringing statues to display at rallies, though no one is saying yet exactly who might be depicted in the monuments, and it’s currently only a possibility, not a definite plan.

Trump also recently denounced the possibility of renaming military bases that are currently honoring Confederate generals, even saying that if a defense funding bill supported such a move, he’d veto it, holding up funding rather than allowing the renaming. He vaguely suggested that allowing the bases to be renamed would cause some unspecified and unverified “bad things” to happen.

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