President Trump compares ‘angry crowd’ of protesters trying to break down statues with ‘Nazis and terrorists’ during fiery speech on July 4
President Donald Trump continued his crusade against protesters attempting to break down statues and national monuments, comparing the “ angry crowd ” with Nazis and terrorists, during a fiery speech on July 4.
Speaking from the South Lawn White House on Saturday, Trump accused “radical left” activists who targeted images, especially those of Southern soldiers, “of dishonoring their legacy.”
“We will not allow the inheritance of these people to be slandered by you,” he said.
President Donald Trump speaks at a “Salute to America” event at the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday, July 4, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)
Trump’s Fourth of July event follows a Friday night speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, where he accused ‘angry gangs’ of trying to obliterate history and used the speech to consider himself a bulwark against left-wing extremism.
Trump’s Democratic rival Joe Biden in the November elections set a contrasting tone with the Republican president, accusing him in a July 4 opinion that he “found new ways every day to tarnish and dismantle our democracy.”
“We now have the opportunity to give the marginalized, the demonized, the isolated, the oppressed, a full part of the American dream,” Biden said in a separate letter to donors.
In his speech to Mount Rushmore, Trump made little mention of the pandemic that hit his reelection expectations, even as COVID-19 moved further into Trump’s inner circle. Kimberly Guilfoyle, a senior campaign officer and Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend, tested positive in South Dakota before the event.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser had tried to dissuade the Trump administration from holding fireworks over the National Mall and informed the Interior Department that it was against the leadership of health officials during the pandemic.
US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump are on stage at the White House South Lawn with the Jefferson Memorial and a small crowd of supporters on the Ellipse in the background on July 4 “2020 Salute to America” to organize American Independence Day holiday at the White House in Washington, US, July 4, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Barria
In addition to spectators of fireworks, activists from various regions also seemed willing to ignore the health warnings.
Roar of the Deplorables, a biker group, said via social media that they, too, were planning to gather in Washington on Saturday to protest what they call “ the anti-Trump regime ” and to celebrate the nation’s birthday.
Freedom Fighters DC, a new activist group that aims to rally an ethnically diverse generation of supporters of freedom for all people, especially Washington’s black population, is one of the anti-racism groups that ignores the mayor’s attention not to gather.
“Black people aren’t free from the chains of oppression, so we can’t really celebrate Independence Day,” said Kerrigan Williams, 22, one of the group’s founders, who is organizing a march and an art demonstration on Saturday afternoon.
“We are marching today to show that black people are still fighting for the simple freedoms the constitution would provide.