In a fiery speech on Mount Rushmore on Friday night, President Trump hit what he called the “left cultural revolution”, which led to “violent turmoil” in the streets and the overthrow of historical statues.
“They want to silence us. But we will not be silenced, ”Trump said. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!”
“Bad, bad people won’t scare us. It won’t happen! “Before the fourth July fireworks show, he told the monument to cheer more than thousands of supporters in the amphitheater.
“We will never surrender the spirit, courage and reason of July 4, 1776,” he said.
The President, who remained faithful to the largely prepared notes, made a strong, strengthening speech that was pushed against weeks of protests, declaring economic optimism against the coronavirus and repeating many words that helped him choose.
“We will fully express the truth without apologizing,” he said, keeping America first, building a border wall, supporting law enforcement and the right to life, weapons and religion.
“We stand tall, proud and just kneel to God,” he roared. “We are. We believe this.”
The president also said that Mount Rushmore “will never be sanctified.”
“These heroes will never be falsified … Their legacy will never be destroyed,” said Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
He said he would sign an executive order to set up the “national garden of American heroes,” a park containing large American sculptures.
Trump has repeatedly condemned the recent civil unrest and “angry crowds” that target historical sculptures among racial injustice protests stemming from George Floyd’s death.
“No doubt, this left cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American revolution,” Trump said.
“They think the American people are weak, soft and obedient,” said the president.
“But no, the American people are strong and proud and will not allow our country and all its values… to be taken from them.”
Hours before Trump’s arrival, American indians’ protesters briefly closed the road to the South Dakotan area before being pushed back by a group of Southern Guard soldiers in riot clothing, Rapid City Journal reported.
The demonstrators cited Black Hills, the tribal lands where the monument taken by Native Americans by the U.S. government, “Go back!” They shouted.
The report reported that the roadblock, consisting of three minibuses, two of which were removed from the tires, looked at some of the ticket holders for a while outside the event.
Trump reached Mount Rushmore at 21:30 on Marine One. and threw the amphitheater scene less than 10 o’clock.
More than a decade of the monument’s first fireworks show was not clear, but the event was expected to attract up to 7,500 people.
Most of the packed amphitheater stands were unmasked on Friday night; many high-end seats were empty.
Kristi Noem, South Dakota’s GOP Government, said that both social distance and masks will be optional due to the rapid increase in daily cases in the USA.
The leaders of local American tribes, a population particularly hit by the virus, expressed their horror at the risk of coronavirus.
“The president puts our tribe members at the risk of taking pictures on one of our most sacred sites,” said Harold Frazier, president of the Cheyenne River, who told The Associated Press. Said.
Others complain that fireworks are a risk of fire for the surrounding national forest, raising concerns about themselves.
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