Trump Uses Mt. Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War Message


Trump at Mt. Rushmore 

by Annie Karni/NYTimes

WASHINGTON — Standing in a packed amphitheater in front of Mount Rushmore for an Independence Day celebration, President Trump delivered a dark and divisive speech on Friday that cast his struggling effort to win a second term as a battle against a “new far-left fascism” seeking to wipe out the nation’s values and history.

With the coronavirus pandemic raging and his campaign faltering in the polls, his appearance amounted to a fiery reboot of his re-election effort, using the holiday and an official presidential address to mount a full-on culture war against a straw-man version of the left that he portrayed as inciting mayhem and moving the country toward totalitarianism.

Mr. Trump barely mentioned the frightening resurgence of the pandemic, even as the country surpassed 53,000 new cases Friday and health officials across the nation urged Americans to scale back their Fourth of July plans.

The scene at Mount Rushmore was the latest sign of how Mr. Trump appears, by design or default, increasingly disconnected from the intense concern among Americans about the health crisis gripping the country. More than just a partisan rally, it underscored the extent to full article:


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  1. Trump may be divisive, but sometimes he is on the right side of the divide:

    Donald Trump: (09:17) “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 to our values and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America…. 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.”

    • But when Trump says it, we know it is because if the truth were known, he would not be president, and most likely jail.
      The cancel culture is what predatory capitalism built, people like Trump, but they don’t like the application of democracy. When people do not like a thing, they will not buy your product. That technique is actually working better than voting for correcting the ills of our society.
      It doesn’t have to be pretty, and I certainly don’t expect people like Trump to like it, and I also know in some cases like yours, the cancel was improperly used. But it is the most effective thing we got going.

    • Vapid rhetoric written by a scriptwriter and recited by a barely literate lump of blubber.

    • The carving of Mt Rushmore was literally the largest act of cancellation to a culture in US history when it comes to carving rock. Defacing that mountain, is putting a knee on the necks of the Lakota culture continuously.

    • Steven Miller obviously wrote that.

      NeoNazis & Confederates are on the wrong side of the divide.

      FFS Barrett, don’t die on the hill of those brats being shamed & outvoted.

      Like that stupid hill of Trump using the government to censor Twitter.
      You had that backwards.
      Let your ass-backwardness die.

  2. Symbolic/Microcosm:

    All the reporters & commentators yesterday saying “It’s Lakota land lawfully, BUT…”


  3. Agent Orange isn’t divisive!
    Those reporting what he says are divisive!

    #VeryFinePeople Neo Nazis, Confederates and police brutality aren’t divisive!
    Those protesting it are!

  4. What about people who spew white patriarchy, or white privilege? Isn’t that divisive as well? In fact, there is nothing about identity politics that isn’t divisive. It sets one group of people against another, and the worst part is that it’s all orchestrated and exploited by hidden-hand third parties.

    • Another good dodge, Ed.

      You mean people who “spew” ABOUT it?

      The people literally spewing White privilege are all the “Karens” getting caught on tape making false, frivolous calls/reports to police; trying to use them as a rabid attack dog against Blacks.
      And they’re rightfully getting fired for it, like CentralParkAmy and HiltonPoolKaren.

      You don’t see divisiveness in those actually DOING it, but those recording it and talking ABOUT it? 🤦‍♂️

    • Ex Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Clark tearfully reports his son being called the N word & reported to police while getting fast food.*

      Across the street from my old apt, and near ASU where I was in jail in 1996 during the Steelers’ Super Bowl and had the officer releasing me say “It will be better when all the N****rs leave”.

      Ryan Clark is divisive for reporting what happened!

      I’m divisive for reporting what happened!

      Those “hidden-hand third parties” orchestrated it 😱!!!

      * Link posted, pending moderation.

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