President Trump ushered in the July 4th weekend Friday night at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota with a full-throated condemnation of “far-left fascism” and a defense of “Judeo-Christian principles.” …
The president asserted that recent attacks on the nation’s monuments, alongside “cancel culture” and the rise of the Marxist ideology of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, were symptoms of a “left-wing cultural revolution” that was threatening to “overthrow the American Revolution.” BLM explicitly advocates the destruction of the “nuclear family structure,” which Trump said was in fact the “bedrock of American life.”
“We only kneel to Almighty God,” Trump remarked, in a clear shot at athletes who kneel in protest during the national anthem. “We will not be intimidated by bad, evil people. It will not happen.”
Trump went on to characterize endemic efforts to terminate and humiliate dissent as a form of “totalitarianism” and an “attack on our magnificent liberty” — and promised that it “will be stopped very quicky.”
Hours before he spoke, CNN, echoing The New York Times, derided Mount Rushmore as a monument to slaveholders on stolen native lands. (The New York Times’ newsroom also sits on land taken from natives.) …
“They want to silence us,” Trump said, as cheers of “U-S-A!” broke out. “But we will not be silenced. … We want free and open debate, not cancel culture. … Their goal is not a better America. Their goal is to end America. … But just as in centuries past, the American people will stand in their way.” …
‘”Tonight, as we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled, and bled to secure,” Trump said, warning of a concerted attempt to “wipe out our history” and “indoctrinate our children.”
That was an apparent reference to public schools’ decision to teach false information from The New York Times’ “1619 Project.” The author of that project has acknowledged her own anti-white racism, and core claims of the project have been debunked by historians.
The culture war just went up a notch.
Trump, reliably, is fighting back against the Marxists. The left, reliably, describe his speech as “divisive.”
hat-tip Stephen Neil