Trump denounces “angry crowds” trying to demolish statues and “erase” US history during Independence speech | US News

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Donald Trump castigated “angry crowds” trying to demolish statues when he claimed that protesters were trying to “erase” American history in a speech to mark America’s independence day.

The President addressed more than 7,000 supporters at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, most of the crowd wearing neither face masks nor social distancing despite a peak of coronavirus case in the country.

After weeks of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in custody, Mr. Trump criticized the protesters who destroyed or damaged the monuments of Confederate leaders and other historical figures.

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Over 7,000 Trump supporters attended the event

“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to erase our history, defame our heroes, erase our values ​​and indoctrinate our children,” he said.

“Angry crowds are trying to demolish the statues of our founders, disfigure our most sacred monuments and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.

“They think the American people are weak and gentle and submissive, but they don’t; the American people are strong and proud and they will not allow our country and all of its values, history and culture to be taken from it. ”

The president said there was “a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance” in schools, newsrooms and corporate boards.

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Trump said US “is witnessing a merciless campaign to erase our history”
Supporters of US President Donald Trump attend Independence Day events at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota, July 3, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP via Getty Images)
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Lots of people in the crowd were not wearing face masks or social distancing

“Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is destined to overthrow the American revolution,” he said.

“Our children learn at school to hate their own country and believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes but villains.

“The radical vision of American history is a tissue of lies. ”

The president has announced that he is signing an executive order establishing a “National Garden of American Heroes,” a large outdoor park that will feature statues of “the greatest Americans to have ever lived.”

He also criticized the “cancellation of culture” – which he said “drove people out of their jobs, dishonored dissidents and demanded total submission from anyone who disagreed” – and called it of “the very definition of totalitarianism.”

“This attack on our freedom … must be stopped and it will be stopped very quickly,” he said.

US President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during Independence Day events at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota, July 3, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP via Getty Images)
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Trump criticized “canceling culture” in speech on the eve of America’s independence day
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump aboard Marine One arrive to attend Independence Day events at Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota, July 3, 2020. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP ) (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP via Getty Images)
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Mount Rushmore depicts images of four American presidents

After people around the world knelt to show their support for Black Lives Matter On the move, Mr. Trump said, “We only kneel before Almighty God.”

Shortly before Mr. Trump’s speech, it appeared that his son Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend had tested positive for COVID-19[feminine[feminine.

Kimberly Guilfoyle, a senior Trump campaign official, was immediately isolated, according to Sergio Gor, chief of staff to the Trump campaign finance committee.

He said that Ms. Guilfoyle will be tested again to confirm the diagnosis because she had no symptoms of COVID-19.

Trump Jr has tested negative for the coronavirus but self-isolates as a precaution, said Gor.

The event in South Dakota drew about 7,500 people to a crowded amphitheater beneath the famous monument that depicts images of American presidents; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

Police arrest protester wearing face mask as activists and members of various tribes in the area blocked the road to Mount Rushmore National Monument in Keystone, South Dakota, July 3, 2020, during a demonstration around the Mount Rushmore National Monument and the visit to the United States.  President Donald Trump.  (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP via Getty Images)
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Protesters Gathered Before Trump’s Speech

Hours before Trump’s arrival, protesters blocked a road to the monument and about 15 were arrested after missing the police-imposed departure time.

The president organized three public events that have attracted thousands of supporters in the past three weeks, despite warnings from public health officials who urged Americans to avoid large rallies as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. ravage the country.

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The United States saw 52,300 new cases of coronavirus reported on Friday, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University, with seven states having a record number of cases.

There are now more than 2.7 million cases in the United States and more than 129,000 people have died from the virus.

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