The US president is addressing more than 7,000 supporters in Mount Rushmore despite progress in coronavirus cases in the country. Donald Trump has pointed to “angry mobs” trying to undermine framed images as saying protesters were trying to “erase” US history in a speech marking American Freedom Day.
The US president addressed more than 7,000 supporters at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, with the majority of people not wearing face masks or public urging despite the turmoil in coronavirus conditions.
After weeks of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody, Mr Trump criticized demonstrators who destroyed or damaged the memorials of Confederate leaders and other historical figures.
US President Donald Trump speaks during Freedom Rushmore National Memorial Day events in Keystone, South Dakota,
More than 7,000 Trump supporters attended the event
“Our country is witnessing an uninspiring campaign to destroy our history, corrupt our heroes, erase our values and educate our children,” he said.
“Angry mobs are trying to undermine our images of our founders, destroying our sacred monuments and creating violent crimes in our cities.
“They think that the American people are weak and soft and humble, but no; the American people are strong and proud and will not let our country and all its values, history and culture be taken from it.”
The president said there was “a new left-wing art that needed absolute loyalty” in schools, newsrooms and corporate boardrooms.
“Make no mistake: this side of mainstream culture is designed to end the American revolution,” he said.
“Our children are taught at school to hate their homeland and believe that the men and women they created were not heroes but immigrants.
“Undermining American history is a myth.”
The president has announced that he is signing an executive order to establish “National Garden of American Heroes”, a large outdoor park that will display pictures of “the greatest Americans who have ever lived”.
He also criticized “cancellation of culture” – which he said was “pushing people out of their jobs, mocking dissenters, and demanding that they completely submit to anyone who disagrees” – and called it “a dictatorship”.
“This attack on our freedom … must be stopped and stopped immediately,” he said.
US President Donald Trump captures the speech as he speaks during a Freedom Day event at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota,
Mr Trump has criticized ‘erasing culture’ in his speech the day before American independence
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump aboard Marine One arriving to attend Independence Day events in Mount Rushmore in Keystone, South Dakota
Mount Rushmore shows pictures of the four American presidents
After people across the globe converged on the show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, Mr Trump said that “we only bow to Almighty God”.
Shortly before Mr Trump’s speech, an ex-girlfriend of his son Donald Trump Jr. was diagnosed with COVID-19.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, the chief executive of the Trump campaign, was immediately separated, according to Sergio Gor, chief of staff on Trump’s campaign finance committee.
He said Ms Guilfoyle would be re-evaluated to confirm the diagnosis because she had shown no COVID-19 symptoms.
Mr Trump Jr. has been diagnosed with no coronavirus but is isolating himself as a starter.
The event in South Dakota drew 7,500 people to a well-lit stadium under the auspices of the famous US presidential palace; George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
The president held three public events that drew thousands of supporters over the past three weeks, despite warnings f