MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. — At the foot of Mount Rushmore and on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump dug deeper into America’s divisions by accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”
AP to the barricades. (Chi Trib says welcome.)
Then “protesters who have pushed for racial justice.” That fool, that rat. How dare he impugn the motives of such noble people?
Oh boy, where would we be with AP to fill the pages of newspapers throughout the fruited plain etc.?
The president, in remarks Friday night at the South Dakota landmark, offered a discordant tone to an electorate battered by a pandemic and seared by the recent high-profile killings of Black people.
He zeroed in on the desecration by some demonstrators of monuments and statues across the country that honor those who have benefited from slavery, including some past presidents.
“Discordant tone”! Yes. Nothing concordant in his talk, no hat-in-hand apology to iconoclasts. Instead, he disturbs the tranquility that surrounds us. Has he no shame?
Four months from Election Day, his comments amounted to a direct appeal to the political base, including many disaffected white votes, that carried him to the White House in 2016.
The speech and fireworks at Mount Rushmore came against the backdrop of a pandemic that has killed over 125,000 Americans. The president flew across the nation to gather a big crowd of supporters, most of them maskless and all of them flouting public health guidelines that recommend not gathering in large groups.
A Democrat talking point, I ween! Yes. Heard it last night on CNN and MSNBC. It’s clearly something they are counting on. Keep the economy tamped down — damn those two consecutive booming job reports! — and maybe even make Dr. Fauci the running mate for Joe.
As for talking points, the S. Dakota governor put it nicely:
Republican Gov. Kristi Noem echoed Trump’s attacks against his opponents who “are trying to wipe away the lessons of history.”
“Make no mistake: This is being done deliberately to discredit America’s founding principles by discrediting the individuals who formed them,” she said.
Thanks for that, AP. You’re not bad people, you know, just misguided. You got your U.S. history from Howard Zinn, I bet.
via Chicago Tribune