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President Trump: Call to the Nation To Save the Nation from Totalitarianism, Cultural Revolution

July 5, 2020
President Donald J. Trump salutes as participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Thursday, June 25, 2020, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
President Donald J. Trump salutes as participates in a wreath laying ceremony at the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Thursday, June 25, 2020, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

President Trump traveled to Mount Rushmore in South Dakota on the evening of July 3 to celebrate Independence Day, where he issued a call to the American people to mobilize against the ongoing “Cultural Revolution,” which is threatening to impose “totalitarianism” and “far-left fascism” on the nation. He announced the deployment of federal forces to stop the desecration of statues and monuments around the country, and announced “the creation of a new monument to the giants of our past. I am signing an executive order to establish the National Garden of American Heroes, a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live.”

It was not a campaign speech—no mention of Biden or the Democrats (except that the cities in chaos were run by Democrats). He did not identify the insurrection against the nation as an insurrection against himself, but swore he would lead the effort to stop them.

He named several of these great American’s from the military, political leaders, civil rights leaders, artists and inventors, including Ulysses S. Grant, the Wright Brothers, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, astronaut Alan Shepard, Gen. George S. Patton, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Mohammad Ali, and Mark Twain. He concluded: “And only America could have produced them all.”

He spoke of Martin Luther King several times, noting that he said that the Founders had signed “a promissory note” to every future generation. “Dr. King saw that the mission of justice required us to fully embrace our founding ideals. Those ideals are so important to us—the founding ideals. He called on his fellow citizens not to rip down their heritage, but to live up to their heritage.”

Given that Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt are chiseled into Mt. Rushmore (along with Washington and Lincoln), the President needed to say something good about them—Jefferson as the author of the Declaration of Independence, and on Roosevelt: “He sent our great new naval fleet around the globe to announce America’s arrival as a world power.” But he added: “He gave us many of our national parks, including the Grand Canyon; he oversaw the construction of the awe-inspiring Panama Canal.”

Trump focused on Washington and Lincoln: Washington, he said, “represented the strength, grace, and dignity of the American people.” He returned to his farm after leading the Continental Army to victory against “the most powerful military on Earth,” and after serving as our first President. “He remains first in our hearts to this day. For as long as Americans love this land, we will honor and cherish the father of our country, George Washington. He will never be removed, abolished, and most of all, he will never be forgotten.”

Lincoln, he said, was the “savior of our Union,” who became President “based on a force and clarity of his anti-slavery convictions.” He was Commander-in-Chief “during our bloodiest war, the struggle that saved our Union and extinguished the evil of slavery.... He issued the Emancipation Proclamation; he led the passage of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery for all time—and ultimately, his determination to preserve our nation and our Union cost him his life.” He added that Lincoln also “built the Transcontinental Railroad” and “signed the Homestead Act.”

He concluded: “From this night and from this magnificent place, let us go forward united in our purpose and re-dedicated in our resolve. We will raise the next generation of American patriots. We will write the next thrilling chapter of the American adventure. And we will teach our children to know that they live in a land of legends, that nothing can stop them, and that no one can hold them down. They will know that in America, you can do anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.”

We urge everyone to watch Trump's July 3rd speech here.

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