Joe Biden Cancels Donald Trump’s Planned ‘Garden of Heroes’ With Statutes of Whitney Houston, RBG, Kobe Bryant and Billy Graham
Joe Biden has gotten rid of Donald Trump’s plan to build a ‘Garden of American Heroes’ with statues of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Whitney Houston and Kobe Bryant.
The president of the United States has rescinded his predecessor’s July 2020 executive order via an email sent Friday, while also scrapping a Trump order to punish statue vandals.
No explanation was given for the cancellation.
Trump unveiled his proposed heroes on Jan. 18, just two days before leaving office. Among them was the late Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, who died of cancer in September 2020 at the age of 87.
Also on the list was Houston, hailed as one of the United States’ greatest ever pop stars, who tragically drowned while high on drugs in February 2012. LA Lakers basketball icon Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles in January 2020 at the age of 41. .
Other statues planned by Trump included Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy, heroine of the underground railroad company Harriet Tubman, cookbook writer Julia Child, and evangelist Billy Graham.
President Joe Biden, pictured Thursday, has announced the cancellation of Donald Trump’s proposed ‘Garden of American Heroes’
Trump, pictured in February, wanted a garden filled with statues of famous figures as a symbol of American history
The proposed garden would contain statues of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, left, and Whitney Houston, right
He envisioned the garden as “a place of natural beauty where visitors can enjoy nature, walk among statues, and be inspired to learn about great figures in American history.”
No location was ever selected and the planned garden did not receive conference funding. Biden’s decision to cancel the plan marks a highly symbolic distance between his administration and the Trump-era White House.
Meanwhile, Biden has rescinded Trump’s decree in June 2020, calling on the federal government to prosecute the destruction and destruction of statues on federal property “ as far as permitted by federal law. ”
That order came in response to defusing statues – particularly those honoring the Confederacy – during nationwide protests over racial injustice following the murder of George Floyd while in police custody. These demonstrations later spread around the world.
Basketball star Kobe Bryant and evangelical pastor Billy Graham were among the proposed images
Cook writer Julia Child is also said to have stood in the garden, which has now been deleted
Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy, was named a potential hero by Trump shortly after his death from cancer in November 2020
Underground railroad heroine Harriet Tubman – who led the fight against slavery in the US – was also proposed for inclusion in Trump’s doomed garden proposal
Mr. Biden’s decree also rescinded Trump’s May 2020 order calling for the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate social media companies for tagging or deleting posts or entire accounts in what the then president claimed it was was a restriction on freedom of expression.
That order came before Trump himself was removed from platforms such as Twitter and Facebook following the January 6 uprising in the Capitol.
A Trump proclamation requiring immigrants to prove they would be covered under certain health insurance plans or to prove they could cover medical expenses within 30 days of entering the US was also denied by Biden.
“My administration is committed to expanding access to high-quality, affordable healthcare,” Biden said in retracting that proclamation.
“However, we can achieve that goal without blocking the entry of non-citizens who wish to legally immigrate to this country but who do not have significant financial resources or health insurance based on a limited list of eligible plans.”