President Trump Friday assailed “angry mobs” that tried to tear down statues of Confederate leaders and other historical figures, warning 1000s of supporters at Mount Rushmore that protesters were trying to erase US history.
President Trump delivered strong Independence Day eve speech and vowed to protect America and Mount Rushmore from “a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”
“There could be no better place to celebrate America’s Independence then to lead this magnificent, incredible, majestic mountain monument to the greatest Americans who have ever lived,” President Trump said in his speech in South Dakota, at the base of Mount Rushmore.
“I am here is your President to proclaim before the country and before the world this monument will never be desecrated. These heroes will never be never, ever be destroyed. Their achievements will never be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.”
In a forceful statement, President Trump said “cancel culture” mobs are miscalculating Americans as “weak and submissive,” but he said to cheers from over 7,500, “Americans are strong and proud.”
“Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders to deface the most sacred memorial and unleashed a wave of violent crime in our cities,” President Trump said.
“Many of these people have no idea why they are doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing.”
Recently violent protesters have defaced, toppled or tried to destroy a number of statues honoring our founding fathers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and military leaders defeated Confederacy.
The President has taken steps to pursue the vandals, he has criminalized their acts issuing an Executive Order against destroying American monuments, memorials and statues in June.
“The violent mayhem we have seen in the streets and cities that are run by liberal Democrats in every case is the predictable result of years of extreme indoctrination and bias in education, journalism, and other cultural institutions,” President Trump said.
“Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains.
“The radical view of American history is a web of lies. All perspective is removed, every virtue is skewed, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history purged in the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.”
Before President Trump’s speech, longtime “Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart, a former Miss South Dakota, introduced Governor Kristi Noem, who introduced Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt.
The event drew 7,500 people. Many did not wear masks, defying the advice of public-health officials.
Have a Happy Star Spangled Weekend, Keep the Faith!