MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. — President Donald Trump gave a fiery speech at Mount Rushmore on Friday night, saying that protesters have waged “a merciless campaign to wipe out our history” amid demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality.
The sharp rebuke in a holiday address to mark the nation’s independence follows weeks of protests across the nation, sparked by the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. Some demonstrators have also destroyed or damaged Confederate monuments and statues honoring those who have benefited from slavery.
“This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore,” Trump said. Some on the political left hope to “defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.”