Trump Pushes Racial Division, Flouts Virus Rules At Rushmore

Gulf Today|July 05, 2020

Trump Pushes Racial Division, Flouts Virus Rules At Rushmore
President accused protesters calling for racial justice of ‘a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children’

US President Donald Trump bemoaned protests demanding racial justice as “violent mayhem” on Friday, but said little about an alarming resurgence of coronavirus cases as he attended a crowded, fireworks-studded Independence Day celebration beneath majestic Mount Rushmore.

Trump, under fire for his response to America’s spiraling coronavirus caseload four months before the presidential election, spoke on the eve of the July 4th celebrations before thousands of closely-packed people - many of whom chanted “Four more years;” few of whom were wearing masks.

In the shadow of four notable predecessors George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, whose likenesses are carved into a granite cliff in South Dakota’s Black Hills - the president called on supporters to defend America’s “integrity.”

He accused protesters calling for racial justice of “a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.”

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July 05, 2020