US President Donald Trump vowed to defeat the “radical left” in a White House speech on Independence Day July 4, condemning recent efforts to remove or rethink character monuments historical as attempts to destroy the United States.
Trump claimed without evidence that 99% of the coronavirus cases in the United States were “completely harmless.” In fact, many states in the United States have recorded a record number of new cases of COVID-19 in recent days. In Texas alone, 7,890 patients were hospitalized after 238 new admissions in the past 24 hours.
According to information released on Saturday, the states of Texas and Florida alone were responsible for nearly 20,000 new infections in a single day.
As criticism rose over the president’s handling of the pandemic, Trump said China must be “held accountable” for not containing the disease.
Peaceful protesters called for racial equality a few steps from where Trump spoke in the capital, Washington, DC, walking the blocked streets around the White House, Black Lives Matter Plaza and Lincoln Memorial.
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Millions of Americans have protested police brutality and racial inequality since the May murder of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died after a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
In addition to carrying out police reforms in some cities, some protesters removed Confederate statues and other symbols from the American legacy of slavery.
“There have always been those who seek to lie about the past in order to gain power in the present, those who lie about our history, those who want us to be ashamed of who we are,” Trump said on Saturday. “Their goal is demolition. “
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Trump’s remarks on July 4 doubled in a Friday night speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, where he accused “angry crowds” of trying to erase history and used the speech to present itself as a bulwark against left-wing extremism.
Joe Biden, Trump’s Democratic rival in the November elections, wrote a July 4 editorial that struck a contrasting note with the Republican President and accused him of finding “new ways to tarnish and dismantle our daily democracy “.
In a separate letter to donors, Biden said, “We now have a chance to give the marginalized, the demonized, the isolated, the oppressed, an entire part of the American dream.” “
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Biden also launched a new advertising campaign against Trump, posting on social media: “If you put the wrong person in power, you will see things you never thought possible.”
Trump, in his speech on Saturday, also said that the United States would have a vaccine or therapeutic solution for the virus “long before” the end of 2020.
A senior US health official said on Thursday that he is optimistic that the Trump administration’s “Operation Warp Speed” vaccine acceleration program will produce a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 by the end of the year.
Air show, fireworks
Saturday’s White House speech was crowned with fighter plane shows and fireworks over the National Mall.
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser tried to dissuade the Trump administration from holding the event because it went against the advice of health officials during the pandemic.
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Aside from the spectators of fireworks, activists from different gangs also seemed ready to ignore the health warnings.
Biker group Roar of the Deplorables said via social media that they plan to meet in Washington on Saturday to protest what they call “the anti-Trump regime” and to celebrate the nation’s birthday .
Freedom Fighters DC, a new militant group that seeks to rally a generation of ethnically diverse supporters behind freedom for all, especially the black population of Washington, is one of the anti-racism groups ignoring the mayor’s wish not to bring together.
“Black people are not immune to the chains of oppression, so we can’t really celebrate independence day,” said Kerrigan Williams, 22, one of the group’s founders, who will host a march and an artistic demonstration on Saturday. afternoon.
“We are walking today to show that blacks are still fighting for the simple freedoms that the constitution is supposed to grant. “