Originally posted on July 4, 2020
Trump just can’t help himself – he has to keep getting his adulation fix. This time he went to Mount Rushmore to deliver a speech that was labeled as a formal presidential event, presumably non-political and directed at the nation as a whole. He must think he really is in the same league with Washington, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Jefferson. Just look at this staged picture from Reuters.
Needless to say, it was anything but non-political. According to the Washington Post, he used the speech to “exploit social divisions“. The New York Times said he “Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message.” In it he again accused the “left-wing” of fomenting violence, attempting to rewrite (his view of) history by removing monuments. And Trump asserted that “children are taught in school to hate their own country and to believe the men and women who built it were not heroes but villains.” Really?
Apparently he is convinced that any history that doesn’t glorify white males just has to be fake.