This monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defaced, their legacy will never ever be destroyed,” Trump said in front of Mt. Rushmore.


The Federalist

July 4, 2020

The first time I met South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, in mid-July 2019, she shared a sincere hope for the future: The fireworks halted by President Barack Obama’s National Park Service in 2010 would be allowed to return to Mount Rushmore. President Donald Trump, she hoped, might come to South Dakota for the celebration.

The world has changed dramatically in the year since. The Chinese coronavirus halted the global economy, with every state but South Dakota shutting down. Riots rocked America’s cities and even her small towns, and citizens have been forced to watch as statues of the Founding Fathers, war veterans, abolitionists and even lynching victims have been vandalized, and in some cases toppled, decapitated or hung from streetlights by mobs cheered on by the Democratic Party and corporate media.

But on July 3, 2020, the governor’s vision was realized, with the president arriving to kick off a much-needed rally for a country tired of lockdown, unrest and mob rule.

Kicking off at 8:50, mountain time, the president gave a rousing speech, declaring, “This monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defaced, their legacy will never ever be destroyed, their achievements will never be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers fathers, and to our freedom.”

“Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash waves of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they’re doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing it. They think the American people are weak and submissive, but no: The American people are strong and brave, and they will not allow our country, and all of its values, history and culture to be taken from them.”

“Not on my watch!” a spectator shouted in response, catching TV microphones.

“True, very true actually,” Trump replied to cheers.

“One of their political weapons is cancel culture,” he continued, “driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters and demanding total submission from anyone. This is the very definition is completely alien to our culture, and to our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America. This attack, when limiting our magnificent liberty, must be stopped. And it will be stopped very quickly.”

Chants of “USA!” followed.

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