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    The Sioux are not happy about the 'celebration' at Mount Rushmore and the risk of fire is high. Fireworks should not be used at Rushmore and haven't been in ten years. And putting Trump's image on the American flag is disgraceful as well as disrespectful especially as he has never done anything for the country, but has hurt the nation and her people.

    Trump to hold Fourth of July gathering at Mount Rushmore as coronavirus surgesPresident Trump will head to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota on Friday for an Independence Day celebration featuring fireworks and free face masks, though how many will wear them remains in question.

    “We will have a large event on July 3. We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we’ll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one. But we won’t be social distancing,” Noem said Monday in an interview on Fox News. “We’re asking them to come — be ready to celebrate, to enjoy the freedoms and the liberties that we have in this country.”

    The Mount Rushmore event is just the beginning of Trump’s planned Fourth of July weekend celebrations. On Saturday, the president is expected to watch military displays and the annual fireworks show from the White House, and he is also expected to give an address. Before heading to South Dakota, Trump spent several hours Friday golfing at his private club in Sterling, Va.

    While the governor and the president are billing the event as a celebration, some are seeing it as an insult. Trump is expected to be met by protests organized by Native American leaders, who have criticized the president’s use of the memorial, which they say was built on sacred tribal land, as well as the risk the event poses to the environment and to public health.

    “The whole Black Hills is sacred. For them to come and carve the presidents, slave owners who have no meaning to us, it was an insult,” Ricky Gray Grass, a member of the Oglala Sioux’s executive council, told The Washington Post earlier this week.

    The tribes also warn that Trump’s push for fireworks at the event, which have been banned at the site for more than a decade, could result in wildfires and contaminate the water in the surrounding Black Hills. And they have voiced serious concern that a massive gathering without any safety restrictions could cause a coronavirus outbreak in their communities.

    Trump, who has faced criticism from lawmakers in both parties for his refusal to wear a mask in public and reluctance to encourage Americans to do so, maintains that the surge of new cases is a result of increased testing capacity and that the virus will soon “disappear.”

    “There is a rise in Coronavirus cases because our testing is so massive and so good, far bigger and better than any other country,” Trump tweeted late Thursday. “This is great news, but even better news is that death, and the death rate, is DOWN. Also, younger people, who get better much easier and faster!”

    Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease doctor, and other public health officials have repeatedly warned that without social distancing and other precautions like masks, the coronavirus will spread out of control.

    At Trump’s first campaign rally since the nation effectively shut down, held June 20 in Tulsa, neither social distancing nor mask use was required. Ahead of the event, several advance staffers tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing dozens of Secret Service officers and agents to self-quarantine because of the risk of exposure. This week, Vice President Pence postponed a trip to Arizona by a day after several Secret Service agents tested positive or showed symptoms of the coronavirus.

    Democrats have criticized the president’s decision to go forward with mass gatherings this weekend, which defy guidance from his own Centers for Disease Control that people avoid close contact by staying at least six-feet apart.

    Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Tex.) said Friday morning on MSNBC that many Americans would love to celebrate the Fourth of July as they always have, but understand it’s not safe.

    “And here’s the president wandering off to Mount Rushmore, where we know he aspires to have his face placed, and continue to have this be all about himself,” Doggett said.

    A Trump campaign staffer tweeted an image of Trump’s face carved next to George Washington with the caption, “Mount Rushmore, improved.”

    The tweet appears to be a response to a picture of the monument being blown up that was tweeted using that same caption.

    The Fourth of July celebration at the national landmark arrives at a moment of national reckoning over America’s racist past. Advocates for racial justice have called for a more nuanced recounting of the country’s history, including the fact that revered figures like Washington and Thomas Jefferson, whose likeness is also carved into the mountain, were slave owners.

    Conservatives have seized on this, accusing those who have advocated for the removal of statues and monuments — mostly those connected to the Confederacy — as an effort to erase America’s history.

    “To celebrate Independence Day, @realDonaldTrump is going to tell the TRUTH about American history—and the truth about the people tearing down our statues/history,” tweeted Donald Trump Jr. “At the foot of Mount Rushmore tonight, our @POTUS will defend and celebrate America’s founding.”

    Ahead of Trump’s visit to the monument, the Mississippi flag was removed from an area of the site where all 50 states’ and U.S. territories’ flags fly. The state’s legislature voted this week to remove the Confederate symbol from its flag and thus the Mississippi flag pole will be empty.

    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

  • #2
    Trump's stunt at Mount Rushmore is a joke.

    From the moment Donald Trump descended the escalator at Trump Tower to announce his presidential aspirations, he has been very concerned about the appearance of his political events. But his decision to speak at an Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore will surely backfire.

    Trump's rallies were once filled with adoring supporters often wearing red hats associated with his campaign. Meetings with world leaders, such as North Korea's Kim Jong Un at the DMZ, were orchestrated for maximum visual effect

    Recently, however, Trump's ability to visually communicate the right message has failed him. His first rally since the COVID-19 pandemic began showed Trump surrounded by empty seats in a large arena, not the message of support he wanted to right his floundering campaign.

    Likewise, Trump's June 1 walk across Lafayette Square to St. John's Church through protestors did not communicate a message of presidential leadership, but one of a bully. That particular stunt is now under congressional investigation.

    Trump won't do himself any favors by standing in front of a monument to great and beloved leaders on July 3, as the messages he sends with this event will damage his short-term and long-term aspirations.

    Trump's immediate problem is declining approval ratings and poll numbers that show him significantly behind Democrat Joe Biden in his reelection bid.

    But beyond getting reelected, the president has long been concerned about his legacy. Since being elected, President Trump has often spoken about Mount Rushmore, and has even commented to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem about his dream of being the fifth president on Mount Rushmore.

    The rally at Mount Rushmore will not help Trump get his visage carved into the rockface - and it certainly won't help him get reelected.

    The old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words is much more than a cliché in politics, especially in an era of viral photographs and videos. The current protests for racial justice were, in part, triggered by the repeated showing of George Floyd being killed at the knee of the Minneapolis police. Questions about the viability of Trump's reelection have been amplified by the viral photograph of a disheveled president getting off Air Force One after the Tulsa rally.

    Speaking in front of the granite faces of the four presidents is a bad visual for a president concerned about being the biggest presence in any space. No matter how the president's advance team positions the stage, Trump will be dwarfed by the 60-ft carvings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. This visual diminishment cannot be overcome with thousands of supporters or a fireworks display.

    The visual association with the four presidents invites viewers to compare Trump's accomplishments to the presidents in the background. Mount Rushmore creator and sculptor Gutzon Borglum stated Washington was chosen because he fought for and protected liberty, Jefferson for inspiring democracy, Lincoln for preserving the Union, and Roosevelt for domestic and foreign policy accomplishments.

    Trump speaking during an expanding pandemic, economic devastation, and civil unrest has little to offer Americans, who are increasingly dissatisfied with the direction of the country. No amount of boasting by the president can overcome recent polling results that show that only 17 percent of Americans feel proud of the United States while 71 percent report feeling angry. No matter what Trump hopes the setting of this rally will accomplish, the direct visual comparison with the Mount Rushmore honorees will only further damage his image.

    Trump's rhetorical ability to posture and lie cannot overcome the recognition that more than 125,000 Americans have died due to COVID-19, the unemployment rate is almost three times what it was in February, and racial unrest continues to sweep the country. The anger and dissatisfaction that Americans feel about the current situation will only be amplified by the visual reminders of what the presidents on Mount Rushmore did during their presidencies.

    Years ago, presidential advisor David Gergen commented that every president begins his tenure in office with an eye toward getting the alleged fifth spot on Mount Rushmore. President Trump's misuse of this monument to presidential leadership is a strong indicator that he will not take his place among the four presidential figures.

    David McLennan is a professor of political science at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. and the director of the Meredith Poll.
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.


    • #3
      All the other worthy President and Trump thinks he should be up there. No Donnie, no...rather Jimmy or George or even Nixon. Donnie, your one sick puppy dog.
      "Ask not what your country can do for you"

      Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

      you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.


      • #4
        Funny, the one that has been kept hiding in his basement for the past couple of months is Biden
        while CNN celebrated the visit of Obama to Mt. Rushmore.
        “Breaking News,”

        “Something irrelevant in your life just happened and now we are going to blow it all out of proportion for days to keep you distracted from what's really going on.”


        • #5
          Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
          All the other worthy President and Trump thinks he should be up there. No Donnie, no...rather Jimmy or George or even Nixon. Donnie, your one sick puppy dog.
          Definitely Nixon. I’ll even let them use my avatar
          Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the cheesemakers

          That's right bitches. I'm blessed!


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