Donald Trump says ‘we are in a culture war’ while his campaign discusses having statutes during rallies
President Donald Trump said America is in the midst of a “culture war” as a national battle is going on over monuments and military bases and his campaign is now considering having statues at its rallies.
“We are in a culture war,” he said RealClearPolitics in an interview.
And, he warned, losing that war could cost the Republican Party elections.
“If Republicans don’t get tough and get smart and get strong and protect our heritage and protect our country,” he said, “I think they will have a very tough election.”
President Donald Trump said that America is in the midst of a “culture war” as a national battle is going on over monuments and military bases
President Trump has condemned protesters for removing statues linked to the Confederacy – above workers in Richmond, Virginia, remove a statue of South General JEB Stuart from Monument Avenue
President Trump said that the decision to fly the southern flag, seen by many as a racist symbol, is one of “freedom of expression”
President Trump was angry when protesters attempted to knock down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park in late June; they were stopped by the police
In the interview, the President rejected the speech that he was sabotaging a second term himself.
“I want it with all my breath,” he said, “with every gram of what I represent.”
The President has shot at protesters who have removed statues associated with Southern officials. Some states – such as Virginia – are also removing statues associated with the Confederacy.
And to counter that, the White House and Trump campaign discuss statues during the president’s campaign rallies, ABC news reported.
It’s also unclear who the images would be from, but a source told the network that one idea was for ‘America’s Founding Fathers.’
No final decision has been made. President Trump has a campaign rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on Saturday.
Trump’s words contradict those of White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who said during her briefing on Monday that concerns about the monuments were not part of a “ culture war. ”
“This view is not a culture war, as the media falsely proclaim; it is an embrace of our American family, our values, our freedom and our future, “she said.
President Trump has addressed the theme of the culture war, including the preservation of Southern monuments, which have been attacked in the wake of the death of George Floyd and subsequent ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests, and the renaming of military bases that have been named after Southern officers.
He also said that the decision to fly the Southern flag, seen by many as a racist symbol, is one of “freedom of speech” after he lashed out at NASCAR for banning him from his racing events.
“I see it as freedom of speech,” he said Jessi Turnure from NexStarDC in an interview Tuesday. “It is freedom of speech. You do what you do. It is freedom of speech. And NASCAR can do what they want and they have chosen to go a certain way and other people choose to go a different route. But it is freedom of speech. ‘
The White House has argued that if military bases are renamed and images removed, it will be a slippery slope for figures like George Washington to be ‘erased’. Washington was a slave owner, just like Thomas Jefferson.
Trump addressed these issues during his July 3 speech at Mount Rushmore, with the faces of Washington and Jefferson in the picture behind him.
“Evil gangs are trying to break down statues of our founders, damage our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities,” he said.
“Many of these people have no idea why they do this, but some of them know exactly what they are doing,” he continued.
“They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive,” he said.
“But no, the American people are strong and proud and they will not allow our country and all its values, history and culture to be taken from them,” he said in an elevated voice.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany during her briefing on Monday denied a ‘culture war’
President Trump painted a dark picture of the Black Lives Matter protests that turned the nation on its head by saying that they were a product of the ‘left-wing cultural revolution’ intended to overthrow the American revolution during a speech on Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore is lit up in the background as President Trump condemns the recent protests over the death of George Floyd. He promised that the national monument would never be touched by angry protesters
The president also included “cancel culture” and called it the “definition of totalitarianism.”
He called the version of the left’s history “a web of lies.”
And he spoke of each of the presidents who appeared on Mount Rushmore overhead: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt.
“No movement trying to dismantle these cherished American legacies can put love for America at the center of things,” he said.
Black Lives Matter protesters have focused on breaking down statues, especially of Southern figures, for their ties to white supremacy.
Fireworks explode over Mount Rushmore National Monument during Friday’s Independence Day event
President Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Friday’s Mount Rushmore event as a flyover passes
The president has stuck to the destructive part of the movement – and the calls of liberals to “expose the police” – to make a message palatable to his predominantly white base.
Trump also announced that he was creating a new monument, called the “ National Garden of American Heroes, ” which he described as a “ huge open-air park with the statues of the greatest Americans who have ever lived. ”
And the president vowed to deploy federal law enforcement “to protect our monuments, arrest the rioters, and prosecute offenders to the farthest extent of the law.”
He promised Mount Rushmore, which loomed above him – and would serve as a backdrop for fireworks after his speech – would never be touched.