FACTS

    President Trump addressed the nation in a Fourth of July weekend speech at Mount Rushmore last Friday:

    Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children…In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance.

    “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 that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, and we understand 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.”

    President Donald Trump, Mt. Rushmore July 3rd speech

    LEFT

    The Left condemns his speech, calling it “dark and divisive.” A CNN article read, “Trump spent the weekend raging about protecting statues of American heroes with racist pasts while setting an irresponsible example as the virus spreads.” The crowd was criticized for being mostly “maskless” and “flouting public health guidelines that recommend not gathering in large groups.” The speech was referred to by the The Washington Post as an “unyielding push to preserve Confederate symbols and the legacy of white domination.” Another article stated that Trump was not attempting to preserve our history or freedom, but rather “white power.”

    “Remember, the president at Mount Rushmore was standing on ground that was stolen from Native Americans who had actually been given that land during a treaty.”

    Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.)

    RIGHT

    The Right praises the speech, calling it “fiercely patriotic.” Political commentator Ben Shapiro called it “the best speech he’s ever given” and condemned the media’s dishonest reporting on it. Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume agreed that he has never seen such “biased and misleading coverage” as he has regarding the president’s speech at Mt. Rushmore. “It is a crazy time, indeed, when the mainstream media can portray a speech designed to celebrate America as dark and divisive,” noted DePaul University professor and media critic Jeffery McCall.

    “Had, say, 90 percent of that speech been delivered by any previous American president, it would have been received and reported as a vigorous and uncompromising endorsement of American history and the American founding.”

    Ron Dreher, The American Conservative senior editor
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