On Friday, July 3, 2020, President Trump gave a measured yet positive speech at the foot of the iconic Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
The BBC didn’t like it. Their blurb for this article read:
President Trump rails against anti-racism protesters …
People said Trump:
used his speech to attack.
The Guardian said his speech:
enflames national tensions with attack on ‘leftwing revolution’ …
The list goes on.
Having watched his speeches before, I knew that it was nothing of the sort. So, I watched his Mount Rushmore speech, which was pretty cool because it took place at night. You can read the full transcript; excerpts follow.
It’s high time a Republican president had the cojones to speak the truth about America’s history. I felt as if I were in school again. Trump mentioned all my heroes and heroines, which every student learned about once upon a time, including Wild Bill Hickok, Buffalo Bill Cody and Clara Barton:
Today, we pay tribute to the exceptional lives and extraordinary legacies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt. (Applause.) I am here as your President to proclaim before the country and before the world: This monument will never be desecrated — (applause) — 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 and to our freedom. (Applause.) …
We are the country of Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Frederick Douglass. We are the land of Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody. (Applause.) We are the nation that gave rise to the Wright Brothers, the Tuskegee Airmen — (applause) — Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, George Patton — General George Patton — the great Louie Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, and Muhammad Ali. (Applause.) And only America could have produced them all. (Applause.) No other place …
We gave the world the poetry of Walt Whitman, the stories of Mark Twain, the songs of Irving Berlin, the voice of Ella Fitzgerald, the style of Frank Sinatra — (applause) — the comedy of Bob Hope …
He announced his new executive order which would establish:
the National Garden of American Heroes, a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live. (Applause.)
It probably sounds hokey, but at least half of America is yearning for such a place. Many of the names he mentioned are lost now. They have been excluded from the history books in school. Students no longer learn about pioneering former slaves such as Frederick Douglass, a prominent Republican. They do not know that Clara Barton established American nursing during the Civil War and went on to found the American Red Cross.
As for fighting the Left, Trump said:
Our Founders launched not only a revolution in government, but a revolution in the pursuit of justice, equality, liberty, and prosperity. No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America. And no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation. (Applause.)
It was all made possible by the courage of 56 patriots who gathered in Philadelphia 244 years ago and signed the Declaration of Independence. (Applause.) They enshrined a divine truth that changed the world forever when they said: “…all men are created equal.”
These immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom. Our Founders boldly declared that we are all endowed with the same divine rights — given [to] us by our Creator in Heaven. And that which God has given us, we will allow no one, ever, to take away — ever. (Applause.)
Seventeen seventy-six represented the culmination of thousands of years of western civilization and the triumph not only of spirit, but of wisdom, philosophy, and reason.
And yet, as we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled, they bled to secure.
Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.
AUDIENCE: Booo —
THE PRESIDENT: Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they are doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing. They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive. But no, 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 them. (Applause.) …
THE PRESIDENT: One of their political weapons is “Cancel Culture” — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America. (Applause.) This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly. We will expose this dangerous movement, protect our nation’s children, end this radical assault, and preserve our beloved American way of life. (Applause.)
In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us. (Applause.)
Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress.
To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: Not on my watch! (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: True. That’s very true, actually. (Laughter.) That is why I am deploying federal law enforcement to protect our monuments, arrest the rioters, and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law. (Applause.)
AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!
THE PRESIDENT: I am pleased to report that yesterday, federal agents arrested the suspected ringleader of the attack on the statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. — (applause) — and, in addition, hundreds more have been arrested. (Applause.)
Many Americans are relieved and delighted about this move:
Under the executive order I signed last week — pertaining to the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act and other laws — people who damage or deface federal statues or monuments will get a minimum of 10 years in prison. (Applause.) And obviously, that includes our beautiful Mount Rushmore. (Applause.)
I cannot help but think there must be an existing law to that effect already. However, an executive order will reinforce the message.
People criticising Trump’s speeches have never bothered to listen to them. He was calm and collected in his delivery.
The content of his speech near the White House the following evening in the second annual Salute to America was the same as the Mount Rushmore one.
I left off last time with Kayleigh McEnany, who has settled in comfortably as Trump’s press secretary. From what I can tell, she doesn’t seem to be getting the grief that Sarah Huckabee Sanders did during her press conferences.
She has had a lot of difficult topics to discuss but handles them well.
On Wednesday, July 1, she took questions about the protests, BLM, coronavirus, China and the West Bank. Excerpts from the transcript follow.
She began by making a strong statement about the dismantling of CHAZ in Seattle:
So I am pleased to inform everyone that Seattle has been liberated. The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, otherwise known as “CHAZ” — I think they switched their name to “CHOP,” but I’m told they went back to “CHAZ” — was a failed four-week Democrat experiment by the radical left. And the results are in: Anarchy is anti-American, law and order is essential, peace in our streets will be secured.
While the Democrat mayor of Seattle proclaimed that CHAZ was to be, quote, “the summer of love,” in fact, it was not. And other failed Democrat politicians also remained passive, or even silent, in the face of anarchy. But while that happened, President Trump set the tone: Law and order must prevail to preserve peace in our streets.
The President is not the Democrat governor of the state of Washington. The President is not the Democrat mayor of Seattle. But, nevertheless, the President must lead by example and be prepared to act in the face of failed Democrat leadership, which is what we saw in Democrat Seattle and Democrat Wisconsin.
President Trump has always stood on the side of law and order, and we are pleased to report that law and order has prevailed, and Seattle has been liberated from the anarchists.
She also announced that the BHAZ — Black House Autonomous Zone — across the street from the White House had been dismantled:
One hundred anarchists were arrested for rioting and destruction of federal property here in D.C; I believe that number is now above 300. Four men have been charged in federal court for attempting to tear down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square. And there are 200 open domestic terrorism investigations.
I wish we could say the same about our protests.
She ended by taking a question on the new USMCA, which replaces NAFTA. It came into effect that day:
The USMCA — today, that goes into effect. It’s a huge deal. For years, for decades, NAFTA wreaked havoc on American society — closing our factories, hemorrhaging American manufacturing jobs.
And the USMCA is a massive win. It will create 176,000 jobs, add $68 billion to the U.S. economy, 28,000 manufacturing jobs are expected to be added, and agricultural — agricultural and food exports will increase by 2.2 billion — a big win for our farmer — farmers.
So we expect to see that start to take effect. It’s a big deal, and it’s a reversal of decades of failed U.S. policy, with the USMCA [NAFTA], the Trans-Pacific Partnership — horrible trade deals that betrayed America’s workers. Under President Trump, the forgotten man and woman is forgotten no longer.
President Trump is in a good place right now. Of course, we await the announcement of Joe Biden’s running mate, but, as in 2016, the media are saying once again that Trump can’t win.
As ever, ignore the polls and the negative reports. Trump’s doing just fine.