Subject: Remarks by President Trump at South Dakota’s 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration | Keystone, South Dakota

Source: Public Pool.

Transcript follows.

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 4, 2020
REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP
AT SOUTH DAKOTA’S 2020 MOUNT RUSHMORE
FIREWORKS CELEBRATION

Keystone, South Dakota

8:50 P.M. MDT

THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much. And Governor Noem, Secretary Bernhardt — very much appreciate it — members of Congress, distinguished guests, and a very special hello to South Dakota. (Applause.)

As we begin this Fourth of July weekend, the First Lady and I wish each and every one of you a very, very Happy Independence Day. Thank you. (Applause.)

Let us show our appreciation to the South Dakota Army and Air National Guard, and the U.S. Air Force for inspiring us with that magnificent display of American air power — (applause) –and of course, our gratitude, as always, to the legendary and very talented Blue Angels. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

Let us also send our deepest thanks to our wonderful veterans, law enforcement, first responders, and the doctors, nurses, and scientists working tirelessly to kill the virus. They’re working hard. (Applause.) I want to thank them very, very much.

We’re grateful as well to your state’s Congressional delegation: Senators John Thune — John, thank you very much — (applause) — Senator Mike Rounds — (applause) — thank you, Mike — and Dusty Johnson, Congressman. Hi, Dusty. Thank you. (Applause.) And all others with us tonight from Congress, thank you very much for coming. We appreciate it.

There could be no better place to celebrate America’s independence than beneath this magnificent, incredible, majestic mountain and monument to the greatest Americans who have ever lived.

Today, we pay tribute to the exceptional lives and extraordinary legacies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt. (Applause.) I am here as your President to proclaim before the country and before the world: This monument will never be desecrated — (applause) — these heroes will never be defaced, their legacy will never, ever be destroyed, their achievements will never be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

THE PRESIDENT: We gather tonight to herald the most important day in the history of nations: July 4th, 1776. At those words, every American heart should swell with pride. Every American family should cheer with delight. And every American patriot should be filled with joy, because each of you lives in the most magnificent country in the history of the world, and it will soon be greater than ever before. (Applause.)

Our Founders launched not only a revolution in government, but a revolution in the pursuit of justice, equality, liberty, and prosperity. No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America. And no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation. (Applause.)

It was all made possible by the courage of 56 patriots who gathered in Philadelphia 244 years ago and signed the Declaration of Independence. (Applause.) They enshrined a divine truth that changed the world forever when they said: “…all men are created equal.”

These immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom. Our Founders boldly declared that we are all endowed with the same divine rights — given [to] us by our Creator in Heaven. And that which God has given us, we will allow no one, ever, to take away — ever. (Applause.)

Seventeen seventy-six represented the culmination of thousands of years of western civilization and the triumph not only of spirit, but of wisdom, philosophy, and reason.

And yet, as we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled, they bled to secure.

Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.

AUDIENCE: Booo —

THE PRESIDENT: Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they are doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing. They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive. But no, the American people are strong and proud, and they will not allow our country, and all of its values, history, and culture, to be taken from them. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

THE PRESIDENT: One of their political weapons is “Cancel Culture” — driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America. (Applause.) This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly. We will expose this dangerous movement, protect our nation’s children, end this radical assault, and preserve our beloved American way of life. (Applause.)

In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us. (Applause.)

Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing, they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress.

To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Not on my watch! (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: True. That’s very true, actually. (Laughter.) That is why I am deploying federal law enforcement to protect our monuments, arrest the rioters, and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

THE PRESIDENT: I am pleased to report that yesterday, federal agents arrested the suspected ringleader of the attack on the statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. — (applause) — and, in addition, hundreds more have been arrested. (Applause.)

Under the executive order I signed last week — pertaining to the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation and Recognition Act and other laws — people who damage or deface federal statues or monuments will get a minimum of 10 years in prison. (Applause.) And obviously, that includes our beautiful Mount Rushmore. (Applause.)

Our people have a great memory. They will never forget the destruction of statues and monuments to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, abolitionists, and many others.

The violent mayhem we have seen in the streets of cities that are run by liberal Democrats, in every case, is the predictable result of years of extreme indoctrination and bias in education, journalism, and other cultural institutions.

Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country, and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes, but that were villains. The radical view of American history is a web of lies — all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted, and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition.

This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore. They defile the memory of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. Today, we will set history and history’s record straight. (Applause.)

Before these figures were immortalized in stone, they were American giants in full flesh and blood, gallant men whose intrepid deeds unleashed the greatest leap of human advancement the world has ever known. Tonight, I will tell you and, most importantly, the youth of our nation, the true stories of these great, great men.

From head to toe, George Washington represented the strength, grace, and dignity of the American people. From a small volunteer force of citizen farmers, he created the Continental Army out of nothing and rallied them to stand against the most powerful military on Earth.

Through eight long years, through the brutal winter at Valley Forge, through setback after setback on the field of battle, he led those patriots to ultimate triumph. When the Army had dwindled to a few thousand men at Christmas of 1776, when defeat seemed absolutely certain, he took what remained of his forces on a daring nighttime crossing of the Delaware River.

They marched through nine miles of frigid darkness, many without boots on their feet, leaving a trail of blood in the snow. In the morning, they seized victory at Trenton. After forcing the surrender of the most powerful empire on the planet at Yorktown, General Washington did not claim power, but simply returned to Mount Vernon as a private citizen.

When called upon again, he presided over the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, and was unanimously elected our first President. (Applause.) When he stepped down after two terms, his former adversary King George called him “the greatest man of the age.” 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. (Applause.) He will never be removed, abolished, and most of all, he will never be forgotten. (Applause.)

Thomas Jefferson — the great Thomas Jefferson — was 33 years old when he traveled north to Pennsylvania and brilliantly authored one of the greatest treasures of human history, the Declaration of Independence. He also drafted Virginia’s constitution, and conceived and wrote the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, a model for our cherished First Amendment.

After serving as the first Secretary of State, and then Vice President, he was elected to the Presidency. He ordered American warriors to crush the Barbary pirates, he doubled the size of our nation with the Louisiana Purchase, and he sent the famous explorers Lewis and Clark into the west on a daring expedition to the Pacific Ocean.

He was an architect, an inventor, a diplomat, a scholar, the founder of one of the world’s great universities, and an ardent defender of liberty. Americans will forever admire the author of American freedom, Thomas Jefferson. (Applause.) And he, too, will never, ever be abandoned by us. (Applause.)

Abraham Lincoln, the savior of our union, was a self-taught country lawyer who grew up in a log cabin on the American frontier.

The first Republican President, he rose to high office from obscurity, based on a force and clarity of his anti-slavery convictions. Very, very strong convictions.

He signed the law that built the Transcontinental Railroad; he signed the Homestead Act, given to some incredible scholars — as simply defined, ordinary citizens free land to settle anywhere in the American West; and he led the country through the darkest hours of American history, giving every ounce of strength that he had to ensure that government of the people, by the people, and for the people did not perish from this Earth. (Applause.)

He served as Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces during our bloodiest war, the struggle that saved our union and extinguished the evil of slavery. Over 600,000 died in that war; more than 20,000 were killed or wounded in a single day at Antietam. At Gettysburg, 157 years ago, the Union bravely withstood an assault of nearly 15,000 men and threw back Pickett’s charge.

Lincoln won the Civil War; he issued the Emancipation Proclamation; he led the passage of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery for all time — (applause) — and ultimately, his determination to preserve our nation and our union cost him his life. For as long as we live, Americans will uphold and revere the immortal memory of President Abraham Lincoln. (Applause.)

Theodore Roosevelt exemplified the unbridled confidence of our national culture and identity. He saw the towering grandeur of America’s mission in the world and he pursued it with overwhelming energy and zeal.

As a Lieutenant Colonel during the Spanish-American War, he led the famous Rough Riders to defeat the enemy at San Juan Hill. He cleaned up corruption as Police Commissioner of New York City, then served as the Governor of New York, Vice President, and at 42 years old, became the youngest-ever President of the United States. (Applause.)

He sent our great new naval fleet around the globe to announce America’s arrival as a world power. He gave us many of our national parks, including the Grand Canyon; he oversaw the construction of the awe-inspiring Panama Canal; and he is the only person ever awarded both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was — (applause) — American freedom personified in full. The American people will never relinquish the bold, beautiful, and untamed spirit of Theodore Roosevelt. (Applause.)

No movement that seeks to dismantle these treasured American legacies can possibly have a love of America at its heart. Can’t have it. No person who remains quiet at the destruction of this resplendent heritage can possibly lead us to a better future.

The radical ideology attacking our country advances under the banner of social justice. But in truth, it would demolish both justice and society. It would transform justice into an instrument of division and vengeance, and it would turn our free and inclusive society into a place of repression, domination, and exclusion.

They want to silence us, but we will not be silenced. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

AUDIENCE MEMBER: We love you!

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you very much.

We will state the truth in full, without apology: We declare that the United States of America is the most just and exceptional nation ever to exist on Earth.

We are proud of the fact — (applause) — that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and we understand — (applause) — that these values have dramatically advanced the cause of peace and justice throughout the world.

We know that the American family is the bedrock of American life. (Applause.)

We recognize the solemn right and moral duty of every nation to secure its borders. (Applause.) And we are building the wall. (Applause.)

We remember that governments exist to protect the safety and happiness of their own people. A nation must care for its own citizens first. We must take care of America first. It’s time. (Applause.)

We believe in equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion, and creed. Every child, of every color — born and unborn — is made in the holy image of God. (Applause.)

We want free and open debate, not speech codes and cancel culture.

We embrace tolerance, not prejudice.

We support the courageous men and women of law enforcement. (Applause.) We will never abolish our police or our great Second Amendment, which gives us the right to keep and bear arms. (Applause.)

We believe that our children should be taught to love their country, honor our history, and respect our great American flag. (Applause.)

We stand tall, we stand proud, and we only kneel to Almighty God. (Applause.)

This is who we are. This is what we believe. And these are the values that will guide us as we strive to build an even better and greater future.

Those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity, so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny. In toppling the heroes of 1776, they seek to dissolve the bonds of love and loyalty that we feel for our country, and that we feel for each other. Their goal is not a better America, their goal is the end of America.

AUDIENCE: Booo —

THE PRESIDENT: In its place, they want power for themselves. But just as patriots did in centuries past, the American people will stand in their way — and we will win, and win quickly and with great dignity. (Applause.)

We will never let them rip America’s heroes from our monuments, or from our hearts. By tearing down Washington and Jefferson, these radicals would tear down the very heritage for which men gave their lives to win the Civil War; they would erase the memory that inspired those soldiers to go to their deaths, singing these words of the Battle Hymn of the Republic: “As He died to make men Holy, let us die to make men free, while God is marching on.” (Applause.)

They would tear down the principles that propelled the abolition of slavery in America and, ultimately, around the world, ending an evil institution that had plagued humanity for thousands and thousands of years. Our opponents would tear apart the very documents that Martin Luther King used to express his dream, and the ideas that were the foundation of the righteous movement for Civil Rights. They would tear down the beliefs, culture, and identity that have made America the most vibrant and tolerant society in the history of the Earth.

My fellow Americans, it is time to speak up loudly and strongly and powerfully and defend the integrity of our country. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

THE PRESIDENT: It is time for our politicians to summon the bravery and determination of our American ancestors. It is time. (Applause.) It is time to plant our flag and protect the greatest of this nation, for citizens of every race, in every city, and every part of this glorious land. For the sake of our honor, for the sake of our children, for the sake of our union, we must protect and preserve our history, our heritage, and our great heroes. (Applause.)

Here tonight, before the eyes of our forefathers, Americans declare again, as we did 244 years ago: that we will not be tyrannized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people. It will not happen. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

THE PRESIDENT: We will proclaim the ideals of the Declaration of Independence, and we will never surrender the spirit and the courage and the cause of July 4th, 1776.

Upon this ground, we will stand firm and unwavering. In the face of lies meant to divide us, demoralize us, and diminish us, we will show that the story of America unites us, inspires us, includes us all, and makes everyone free.

We must demand that our children are taught once again to see America as did Reverend Martin Luther King, when 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. (Applause.)

Above all, our children, from every community, must be taught that to be American is to inherit the spirit of the most adventurous and confident people ever to walk the face of the Earth.

Americans are the people who pursued our Manifest Destiny across the ocean, into the uncharted wilderness, over the tallest mountains, and then into the skies and even into the stars.

We are the country of Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Frederick Douglass. We are the land of Wild Bill Hickock and Buffalo Bill Cody. (Applause.) We are the nation that gave rise to the Wright Brothers, the Tuskegee Airmen — (applause) — Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, George Patton — General George Patton — the great Louie Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, and Mohammad Ali. (Applause.) And only America could have produced them all. (Applause.) No other place.

We are the culture that put up the Hoover Dam, laid down the highways, and sculpted the skyline of Manhattan. We are the people who dreamed a spectacular dream — it was called: Las Vegas, in the Nevada desert; who built up Miami from the Florida marsh; and who carved our heroes into the face of Mount Rushmore. (Applause.)

Americans harnessed electricity, split the atom, and gave the world the telephone and the Internet. We settled the Wild West, won two World Wars, landed American astronauts on the Moon — and one day very soon, we will plant our flag on Mars.

We gave the world the poetry of Walt Whitman, the stories of Mark Twain, the songs of Irving Berlin, the voice of Ella Fitzgerald, the style of Frank Sinatra — (applause) — the comedy of Bob Hope, the power of the Saturn V rocket, the toughness of the Ford F-150 — (applause) — and the awesome might of the American aircraft carriers.

Americans must never lose sight of this miraculous story. You should never lose sight of it, because nobody has ever done it like we have done it. So today, under the authority vested in me as President of the United States — (applause) — I am announcing 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. (Applause.)

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. (Applause.) They will know that in America, you can do anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything. (Applause.)

Uplifted by the titans of Mount Rushmore, we will find unity that no one expected; we will make strides that no one thought possible. This country will be everything that our citizens have hoped for, for so many years, and that our enemies fear — because we will never forget that American freedom exists for American greatness. And that’s what we have: American greatness. (Applause.)

Centuries from now, our legacy will be the cities we built, the champions we forged, the good we did, and the monuments we created to inspire us all.

My fellow citizens: America’s destiny is in our sights. America’s heroes are embedded in our hearts. America’s future is in our hands. And ladies and gentlemen: the best is yet to come. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE: USA! USA! USA!

THE PRESIDENT: This has been a great honor for the First Lady and myself to be with you. I love your state. I love this country. I’d like to wish everybody a very happy Fourth of July. To all, God bless you, God bless your families, God bless our great military, and God bless America. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

END 9:32 P.M. MDT

28 thoughts on “Subject: Remarks by President Trump at South Dakota’s 2020 Mount Rushmore Fireworks Celebration | Keystone, South Dakota

    1. RE: “Unite the (extreme) Right rhetoric designed to heap fear, hate and division.”

      If that is all it is, I hope it works.

      Personally, I find almost nothing to object to in the speech. My one quibble would be Trump’s reference to “Judeo-Christian principles.” In the Alt-Right blogosphere that very formulation is much derided. More favored is the simpler idea that America is decisively founded on Christian principles alone. Trump clearly missed a chance with that one.

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      1. “Jews will not replace us.”

        The favored chant among the neo-Nazis at Charlottesville.

        So now we understand better why.

        If all else fails, we can always blame the Jews. A time honored tradition.

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        1. RE: “So now we understand better why.”

          Not really. As I said, Trump didn’t play that card.

          I didn’t mention it above, but Trump also riffed on equality and diversity as core American values. Not much use to white supremacists, undermining your theory of his performance.

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          1. Of course. His speech writers are not as ignorant as the speaker.

            Besides, you are the one who was disappointed at Judeo-Christian.

            “My one quibble would be Trump’s reference to “Judeo-Christian principles.” In the Alt-Right blogosphere that very formulation is much derided. More favored is the simpler idea that America is decisively founded on Christian principles alone. Trump clearly missed a chance with that one.“

            “Missed a chance”…for what?

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      2. “More favored is the simpler idea that America is decisively founded on Christian principles alone”

        Without Jews, there would no NO Christians.

        Your comment borders on anti-semetic thoughts and I find it offensive.

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    2. If that is what you took from the speech, you have truly blinded yourself with your hatred.

      The Cancel culture is a true danger that must be addressed, and I don’t see any Democrats standing up for freedom of thought, much less freedom of expression.

      And it is sad to see you defend them as well.

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      1. “Cancel culture” is a bumper sticker phrase to rile up the base.

        Yes, some folks are a bit extreme and they get all the press. But certainly not to the degree of armed self styled mask protesters spitting in the faces of state troopers encouraged by #LIBERATE.

        Trump is a autocrat wannabe who sees no one but his own base which includes right wing loonies that want to turn us back to the days when Blacks, Asians, and Hispanics knew “their place”.

        That speech was not one of unity, hope and inspiration. It was fear, hatred and bigotry, just like I said.

        Yes, I will defend Democrats. Of course they are a political party, but at least they have not caved to a sorry mess the Republicans have become. Ideology is the GOP nectar, contempt for those who are not lockstep in that same toxic brew.

        The president doesn’t care about our nation. He is ignoring our pandemic. Saying it’s contained. Packing in his fans and spreading disease just so he can feel adored.

        That you are singing his praises is blindness. You have let it be known that you don’t just dislike Democrats, you despise them. So Trump is your hero.

        Kind of sad.

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        1. Again, not everything is about Trump

          Cancel Culture is very real and precedes Trump’s entry into politics, though, like many things it has greatly expanded since the Impeachment witch hunt began.

          For at least a decade, we have heard liberal academics and other leftists discount the ideas of the framers of our Constitution because they were ‘dead white men’ or worse, tolerant of slavery in their times, as though that made the ideas they espoused invalid.

          No one has been more a victim of this than Jefferson, judged through Presentism, as though his affections for Sally Hemming in some way make his ideas of limited government by the consent of the people invalid.

          It is really little more than a culture of ad hominem argument, dismissing the ideas that founded this country because they have nothing to compete with them in the marketplace of ideas.

          History is made by imperfect men, but the lessons of history remain valid.

          What ideas have they offered to replace the principles given to this country by those dead white men?

          I hear a lot about what they are against, but nothing about what they are for and how it would be implemented.

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          1. I don’t agree with removing statues of founders.

            The “Lost Cause” revisionist history and the Confederate memorials are another issue. Most, if not all, were latecomers to put an exclamation point of fear and intimidation during Jim Crow.

            One of Jefferson’s greatest scholars, Clay Jenkinson, has repeatedly held that Jefferson was a complicated historical figure.

            You have focused on some academics whose teachings are not necessarily accepting enough of context. And this is what the right wing does so well. Find some of the more controversial or extreme examples, and thereby discount all academia. There are votes to be had in disparaging educated folks. Just ask the non-mask wearers about trusting science, or anyone other than right wing panderers.

            The 1960’s were much, much worse than anything going on today in the way of radical change. The end result, however, were Civil Rights laws that most people will agree were long overdue and a start towards racial acceptance.

            And the Black Panthers did not become all powerful. Nor did they rape all white women. The Weather Underground did not prevail, though they did some high profile bombings.

            If you think that the current status quo is acceptable, then you will be upset, no doubt. That we still have racial problems is indicative that we, as a nation, have not resolved that issue. No matter who we blame, ignoring that proverbial elephant is not working.

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    3. Yes, ‘djt’ IS a disaster, and regarding my personal opinion of him, he’s been one since the day he demanded to (as if he could DEMAND crap) to see a real, duly elected president’s ‘papers’. That was when I thought he was a piece of fill-in-the-blank. My total dislike of this pathetic pretend leader hasn’t changed one bit, and has only been enhanced by the hatred for this country that HE, himself, displays daily.

      I can’t imagine why ANY America-loving citizen would vote for him, come November. Hard to believe that people who voted for him in ’16 give a flying-hoot for our country. Being illegitimately elected, as he was, one would think he’d see that he didn’t garner the most votes and WOULD NOT have got what he did without the help of Putin, Assange and WikiLeaks. One would think he’d try to speak kindly of ALL Americans, and not insist on only appreciating HIS supporters.

      His speech at Mount Rushmore made me sick. He had one line that was absolutely disgusting:

      Donald J. Trump: “The violent mayhem we have seen in the streets and cities that are run by liberal Democrats in every case is the predictable result of years of extreme indoctrination and bias in education, journalism, and other cultural institutions.”

      I guess that’s considered ‘nice’ to his base.

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        1. She is just as accomplished as a golfer as she is a poster. One has to remember she used to have a space with the VA Pilot.

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          1. I didn’t know she was a scratch golfer.

            That’s impressive.

            I thought you were just insulting the poster, but you were heaping praise. Congrats.

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        2. Oh, bummer. As a ‘mature’ poster, one would assume YOU might try a little harder to find at least a few words to defend little ‘djt’. Since that was out of your wheelhouse I suppose, your fall-back is to attempt to insult me. Well, hot dang; go for it . . .

          . . . but keep in mind, nothing you say about me is going to make the fella in the Oval office any smarter, any fitter for the office he holds or any more knowledgeable of the meanings of decorum and diplomacy.

          I think, just perhaps, the conversations you gravitate to are just your same old, same old; never ‘mature’, but much more to the ‘MANURE’ side of things.

          Have a delightful Monday, Sweetie, and a fan-dang-tastic week.

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        3. “You should stick with golf and not intrude on mature adult idealism.”

          And YOU should stick to listening to Rush Limbaugh and not intrude on mature adult idealism.

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      1. Agreed. Where is the false statements? If you think that calling it what it is then you, LGM, have a real problem. If it’s not factual please tell us.

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  1. That was a pretty inspiring speech and well needed. Of course, like clockwork, MSM tries to downplay the message. Will Biden have to report this as campaign contributions? Isn’t there a cap?

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    1. Trump should reimburse the government for his campaign speeches at our expense. While we are at it, Trump has got to be our most high maintenance and expensive president ever.

      “Last fiscal year, the Trump family took more trips that required Secret Service protection than the Obama family took in seven, according to a budget document released by the Treasury Department. On average, Obama’s family took 133.3 protected trips per year, while the Trump family has taken an average of 1,625 annually. Much of the Trump family’s known travel has been to promote Trump Organization businesses, which President Trump still owns and profits from. Every President and his family deserve Secret Service protection. But the President’s private business should reimburse taxpayers for money spent at Trump’s businesses or in support of them.“

      https://www.citizensforethics.org/trump-family-travel-12x-obama-family/

      I know, he is donating his salary. That’s about $1.6 million over 4 years. Doesn’t even cover one golf trip. But, hey, he is president.

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      1. I am assume you made the exact same statements, went out and burned a few cars, looted a few businesses and attacked the police with bricks because Obama did the exact same thing. Did you deface any property in Richmond because Northam did the same thing. Or Clinton or any other politician?? Do tell Len. Still, nothing excuses Biden.

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    2. “That was a pretty inspiring speech and well needed.”

      It was not inspiring except to those who are committed to voting for him come November. It was NOT the speech we needed. He can’t honestly give the speech we really need because he has none of the traits needed to bring the country together; empathy, compassion, and understanding.

      Ignoring the almost 130,000 dead Americans was also a nice touch.

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  2. A day that should have been recognized as unifying was damned to hell by Trump’s stump speech. It was not a message about the greatness of this country, the potential it still has to fulfill, or what the country is supposed to be about. It was a campaign speech for his base with no unifying message, no reaching out to those who disagree with him, nothing about the country’s history except an attempt to glorify the traitors of the Civil War by cloaking ALL monuments in with those who are deserving of such praise.

    God Bless, America. And please reach out and touch the minds of those that have been blinded by The Advocate in the Oval Office. Open their eyes to what many good people in this country already see.

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