Trump says Democrats 'hate America.' Their attacks on Mt. Rushmore seem designed to prove him right
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The South Dakota mountain is famous around the world for the 60-foot (18-meter) faces of four US presidents – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt – that were carved out of its side between 1927 and 1941. Almost a century later, however, the Democrats declared it an insult to Native Americans and described Trump’s July 4 celebration there as “a rally glorifying white supremacy” in a now-deleted tweet.Also on rt.com Democrats attack July 4 Trump rally at Mt. Rushmore as ‘glorifying white supremacy,’ scrub tweet amid outcry
If you thought that was the end of it, you’d be mistaken. On Wednesday, the New York Times denounced Mt. Rushmore for being “built on land that belonged to the Lakota tribe and sculpted by a man who had strong bonds with the Ku Klux Klan,” and featuring two presidents who owned slaves – meaning Washington and Jefferson.
Mount Rushmore was built on land that belonged to the Lakota tribe and sculpted by a man who had strong bonds with the Ku Klux Klan. It features the faces of 2 U.S. presidents who were slaveholders.https://t.co/pHmJScnYbb— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 1, 2020
The Washington Post also joined the attack on Borglum, describing him as “deeply involved” with the KKK during his work on the Stone Mountain confederate monument in Georgia.
Mount Rushmore's sculptor Gutzon Borglum was deeply involved with the Ku Klux Klan while designing the Confederate memorial at Stone Mountain outside Atlanta https://t.co/HKmQ43cwEg— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 2, 2020
As usual, the full story is far more complex. While the KKK did partly sponsor Stone Mountain and Borglum was said to have been a member, he broke with them in 1925, walked off the project and destroyed all his designs and notes. None of his work on Stone Mountain remains, except the experience he put to use in carving Mount Rushmore.
In the worlds of his son and assistant Lincoln, the monument to four presidents was “an accomplishment born, planned, and created in the minds and by the hands of Americans for Americans.” In the eyes of people who actually campaigned to remove the monuments to all four presidents featured there, that’s one more reason Mt. Rushmore has to go.
Mount Rushmore, improved pic.twitter.com/UXqGkRHeQV— David Silverstone ᵇˡᵐ 🌅✡️ (@DavidAgStone) July 1, 2020
While it is tempting to think this is about Trump – there was no such invective against the mountain back when Barack Obama was president, and the same media dreamed of his face being added to the quartet there – the laundry list of “arguments” being used against Mt. Rushmore suggests that there’s a deeper antagonism here.
The fireworks could set off wildfires, say the suddenly concerned. The event might expose some 7,500 in attendance to the coronavirus, say the media outlets insisting that the mass protests and riots of the past month had nothing to do with the spread of the virus. The monument’s very existence violates the 1868 treaty with the Lakota, say the same people who cheered when Washington tore up the INF arms control pact just last year.
“Lakota see the faces of the men who lied, cheated and murdered innocent people,” the New York Times quotes one of their leaders, urging the outright removal of the mountain.
Harold Frazier, the chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, called Mount Rushmore a “brand on our flesh” that needed to be removed. “Lakota see the faces of the men who lied, cheated and murdered innocent people.” https://t.co/wHt6LmfecY— NYT National News (@NYTNational) July 1, 2020
That’s a profoundly racist statement, given that none of the four people depicted on the mountain had actually harmed the Lakota personally. Yet the paper that has sought to reimagine US history as irredeemably racist and evil, through the prism of its 1619 project, did not seem inclined to object.
All four presidents depicted on Mt. Rushmore have recently been targeted for “cancellation” by social justice warriors – even the original progressive Roosevelt and the emancipator Lincoln. For all that they owned slaves, without Washington and Jefferson there would have literally been no United States: no Declaration of Independence, no victory over the British crown, no Constitution.Also on rt.com This isn’t about sneakers, but about people who want ‘no USA at all’
This did not start with George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, or the coronavirus lockdowns, either. This time last year, the moral crusaders were denouncing as racist the Betsy Ross flag and Francis Scott Key’s anthem, the song 'God Bless America' and the pledge of allegiance.
The very same Democrats and the media insisting that riots across America and the destruction of monuments are really ‘peaceful protests’ have repeatedly sided with Antifa, militants who have openly chanted “No fascist USA” and “No USA at all.”
When they tell you what they want, believe them.
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