US under siege from 'far-left fascism', says Trump in Mount Rushmore speech
US president enflames national tensions with attack on ‘leftwing revolution’ and plan for national memorial of statues of ‘American heroes’
Sat 4 Jul 2020 05.56 BSTStanding beneath Mount Rushmore on the eve of American independence day, Donald Trump staged a defiant celebration of what critics say is white identity politics and warned the nation’s history is under siege from “far-left fascism”.
The US president defended the symbolism of statues and monuments before a packed crowd at an event that revelled in political incorrectness calculated to enflame the country’s current divisions and enrage liberal critics. There were few face masks and even fewer people of color on stage or in the stands.
“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children,” Trump said. “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.”
In an effort to fight back, he announced a surprise executive order establishing “The National Garden of American Heroes”, a vast outdoor park featuring statues of “the greatest Americans to ever live” – a selection sure to provoke debate and controversy.
Mount Rushmore in South Dakota depicts the images of US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Washington and Jefferson owned slaves and have found their legacies increasingly questioned since the police
killing of African American George Floyd in Minneapolisby a white police officer on 25 May triggered a wave of Black Lives Matter protests and the toppling of dozens of Confederate statues.The president has shown no sign of embracing the public mood, but has rather dug in with a “law and order” response, promising harsh penalties for anyone who vandalizes statues, resisting changes to military bases named after Confederate generals and retweeting (then deleting) a video in which a man shouted
“White power!”.On Friday Trump become the first president since George H W Bush in 1991 to attend Mount Rushmore’s independence day celebration. He saluted and his wife Melania stood with hand on heart as the national anthem played, the stars and stripes unfurled on big screens and Blue Angels jets flew overhead.
“This monument will never be desecrated,” Trump declared, eliciting cheers. “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.”
In remarks that offered little by way of reconciliation, he went on to rail against “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. It has absolutely no place in the United States of America.
“This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly.”He added darkly: “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.”
Gesturing to the overwhelmingly white crowd, he said: “Not going to happen to us.”Trump added: “Make no mistake, this leftwing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American revolution.”When the president said he was deploying federal law enforcement to protect monuments and arrest and prosecute offenders, the crowd rose to their feet and applauded. When he proclaimed, “They want to silence us, but we will not be silenced,” there were chants of “USA! USA!”
In a swipe at sports professionals and others who take a knee to protest racial injustice, Trump said: “We stand tall, we stand proud and we only kneel before almighty God.”He went on to announce the National Garden of American Heroes in an executive order that said it should include statues of figures like Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Billy Graham, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jr, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Jackie Robinson, Antonin Scalia, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, Booker T Washington, George Washington and Orville and Wilbur Wright.
After the speech, Trump sat with Melania to watch a fireworks display above the monument, accompanied by patriotic music and historical readings, the first since 2009 due to environmental concerns and wildfire fears. South Dakota says the surrounding Black Hills National Forest has “gained strength” since then and that fireworks technology has advanced.
But the threat of damage was one more example of how, if president’s advisers had designed a stunt to goad his critics in the media and Congress, they could hardly have chosen a more incendiary time and place.Protesters blocked a road leading to the monument. Authorities worked to move the demonstrators, mostly Native Americans protesting that South Dakota’s Black Hills were taken from the Lakota people against treaty agreements and objecting to Trump celebrating American independence on their sacred ground. About 15 protesters were arrested after missing a police-imposed deadline to leave.
The Democratic National Committee tweeted at one point that Trump had disrespected Native Americans and that his South Dakota trip was “glorifying white supremacy”. It subsequently deleted the tweet.As in Oklahoma and Arizona last month, Trump held an event with a big crowd despite health experts’ recommendations to avoid large gatherings amid a surge of coronavirus cases to a record of
more than 50,000 per day. Covid-19 cases in Pennington County surrounding Mount Rushmore have more than doubled over the past month.It was reported on Friday that Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of the president’s son Donald Trump Jr,. She had travelled to South Dakota but did not attend the event.Read more: The Guardian »
Says a racist and a fascist... I wish you were under siege from the far left, Donald but no. You’re under siege from everyone but the American far right. Ps. There is no such thing as a “far left fascist.” Trump is hilarious. Foreigners just don't get it. What Trump needs to understand is that he and the Republicans far-right fascism has necessitated a far-left response.
An interesting rhetoric given the country is actually suffering greatly under a far right farce of a President who continues to demonstrate, even for his own low standards, terrible leadership. julianborger He is crazy with no ideas. I thought the threat was left wing Anti fascism (Anitfa)? Why bother reporting this? Since when does his mis-speaking ever cause his supporters to question his understanding of things?
Watching his campaign when he would encourage the crowd to turn on anyone dissenting 'I'll pay your legal fees', it should have been obvious he'd accuse others of what he himself is guilty of. I could understand, if he wrote 'socialism' - but fascism? He got no clue, what-so-ever, it's highly amusing and sad, at the same time.
Fascism (/ˈfæʃɪzəm/) is a form of 𝐟𝐚𝐫-𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, as well as strong regimentation of society and of the economy. Trump and the GOP are closer to fascists. I always thought fascism was a right thang hahaha
“Those goddam far left fascists...” leftisbest TrumpMeltdown Mount Rushmore before the four presidents faces. The Native American's called it the Six Grandfathers (Earth, Sky and four directions). And the name 'Rushmore' was the name of a white guy who came to rob gold from the area in violation of a treaty.
I am Native American and I am my own person, I registered as Republican but make no mistake I vote for the person running not a Party. But since the Democrats have destroyed my beautiful land, I will vote Republican as long as President Trump is Republican. Could very well be that d trump doesn’t know his left from right
Is it like that thing where if you turn far enough in one direction you’re actually facing the other direction. He couldn't pronounce 'Bolsheviks.' Trump acts like the Fourth of July belongs only to those who think like he and forgets the majority that don't. 'The Democratic National Committee tweeted at one point that Trump had disrespected Native Americans and that his South Dakota trip was “glorifying white supremacy”. It subsequently deleted the tweet.' And this is why the Democrats always lose. Stop playing nice!
Fascism is people with destructive ideologies towards people, authorities and nations. It can be right, center or left. Fascism is being fascinated with destruction. ...says the facist there's no such thing as far-left fascism, fascism is a right-winged ideology. the irony is that HE's he fascist Washington and Jefferson owned slaves. That’s not like owning a car. They were enslavers of fellow human beings. That takes deliberate sustained cruelty. No they are not hero’s.
He doesn’t even know what the word means, but it’s bigly bad so he’s usin’ it...lol The US is 'under siege' from far left fascism, and so is the UK. Far left fascism? If you ever wanted proof of how clueless he is this is it. He is a plank Trump's profile for Mount Rushmore. 'Far Left Fascism' ?!!!!!! Yet again Trump is spewing out nasty hate filled lies and garbage!
Fascism is a lot more then just 'authoritarian nationalism' and it is unequivocally right-wing. Trump is a fascist. Those fighting him are not. Presumably the main threat is to his, old school, far-right fascism. Make Confederates Traitors Again. He's right. 😂😂😂 Says The Fascist Remember, according to the Republicans, the States is the greatest country on the planet. Though it’s constantly under siege from liberals. It’s the land of the free, but opposition to the president is extremism.
Far left extreme far right-ism? Far Left totalitarianism for sure. BLM, a worthy cause, has morphed in to PC intersectional bullsh1t. YES! Far-left-fascism... The Clown and its believers have not enough brain,oh pardon brian!,to get the evident difference between far left and fascism But when there is nothing between the ears,education can be most difficult and fruitless
It is indeed julianborger Says man who teargassed peaceful protesters for a photo-op. How is doing the right thing and telling the truth is facism? Projection from the far right again. They truly are angry damaged people and clearly do live in a different reality Yet again, he is correct. Trump is getting desperate because he is going to lose big !! Then he is going bankrupt again and no one will want to bail him out hopefully and his crooked deals get exposed !!
Didn't realise covid was far-left and fascist Far-left fascism? Someone is even more confused than usual HaHaHaHaHa...the joke of the day! More like under siege by the FBI, CIA, etc etc. MountRushmore Rushmore TrumpIsLosing WordsMatter 'Far left Fascism' 🤣 He had really soft hard bananas for his breakfast
Not wrong. I mean Trump is no moderate he is pretty far right but the founders of BLM & ANTIFA are all Marxists Had to search for that term. And it really is there i.e. 'far-left fascism'. There is also term 'far-right communism' - but I think that is not that man's ideology either... Bless So he is both antifa and anti antifa
Oh dear. I see he’s in the camp of believing national socialism is an example that fascism is on the left. National socialism had a disdain for liberalism, was anti-communist, scientifically racist and loved eugenics. All principles you will find in Trump’s brand of fascism Surprise he didn't choose one of the Revolutionary War Airports.
Totally correct! The world is under threat from far left facism!!! 🙄 - what about his so called ‘supporters’ on the far right, are they not the fascistic ones? Communism is a real fascist As the left have been to the fore during the lockdown pushing, not just the mass house arrest of citizens, but more & more draconian measures to limit freedom, of course they are fascists. The left has been fascist for some time. This lockdown has simply confirmed that status.
Deusvlt1 Always tells it as it is. Trump for President November 2020. Both extremes of left and right are facist, they use the same tactics. It’s going to prove almost impossible to remove him from office. He is stealing the people’s Democracy one vote at a time by depriving certain key demographics of choice or the vote or worse giving them apathy or a life and death reason not to vote. An invisible threat is born...
This man can't even pronounce 'cofeve' the right way... Should we listen to any of his analyses? he is 100% copying Hitler!! Are we supposed to just accept that “far-left fascism” is a thing? Geez, the guy’s a dunce. Don touched the marxist nerve again, bless. Cant wait for the election night 😂🤣😂🤣 It's been under siege by far right fascism since it's creation, the liberation process has started, I hope.
True Spot on again. Like previously about Kahn, the stone cold shariah loser ChrisMasonViews He not wrong 'Far-left fascism'.... that's just a random word-grab-and-mash of words to create some bogeyman to fear Red scare all over again, except much more incoherent Clear student of political theory that one
This article is dreadful His handlers are using him as a distraction. Anyone with a dictionary could tell you that fascism is far-right, and obviously Rushmore isn't under attack. The message of the protesters is opposition to systemic violence against black people, which hasn't stopped. Says the fascist
To use the power of government to fulfill your goals without the consent of the governed is facism regardless of the political ideology. It can be far left, far right, Islamic or Christian fascism. The ideology is irrelevant - it’s the use of force that creates a fascist state. kuku27 Left influence is product of mind, all imaginary
When you don't have any reason to defend your administration or even to take any measures to reduce COVID cases... China and 'far-left fascism' suddendly appear from anywhere to save your ass. It's extremely dangerous to attack people without evidence. He hopes that one day someone will carve his face in Mount Rushmore TrumPig
Far left lunatics would be a better description. Fkin nutters. Interesting responses from every imaginable form of vile and vicious leftist rabble. The show at Rushmore was incredible. Amazing how everything was synced so perfectly. Definition of fascism for a thicko... 'a political system based on a very powerful leader, state control of social and economic life, and extreme pride in country and race, with no expression of political disagreement allowed' Your welcome 👍
TrumpBestPresidentEver I’ve got to agree with him and I usually don’t Really ? You had to use this image of Trump’s head next to the Mt Rushmore heads? Talk about blatant (forget subliminal) suggestion. Fascists are radical centrists, not left wing extremists. He's right. And not only the US. It's the whole western civilisation and its values. The Berlin Wall fell down physically in 1989, but it's still standing metaphorically inside the head of a lot of people very well organised trying to destroy our freedom and liberty
Looks far-right from here. He is always projecting. The Sounds like one of Stepher Miller's Goebbels like speeches which is strange from a very confused American Jew. 🙄 He's right in some respect, they want compelled speech, censorship of art, media and history. The radical far left are Marxists; today's youth needs to be taught about colonialism, but also Maosist China and the Russian Gulag.
And? He’s right. (No pun intended). Even a broken clock is right twice a day. This guy has to be a record setter for most unsubstatiaed shite ever spoken by a POTUS. realDonaldTrump A quick search is all it takes...... Where is my Roy Cohn? far left fascism ? WOW, a newly made up concept that doesn't exist. Fascism is far right..... so now we are getting Orwellian 1984 double speak from our right wing fascist corporate scam artist... but his 'followers' are so uninformed that they believe him.. Its so sad.
American Mussolini must go! Lol, thought Miller knew what it was he is pushing. Good on Trump for going there and ignoring the Sioux's whining Thick as mince Isn't that an oxymoron? 'The US is under siege from fascism', says the fascist leader in front of a stolen and desecrated mountain. Disturbing dictator
🤣 This photo is far beneath the integrity of this newspaper. Remove it. Far left fascism?... What a cockwamble fruitloop Kkk Said Hitler as he demonized the Communists. Antifa is so left it has arrived back at far right. President Hydroxymoron doesn’t realize *far-left fascism* is an oxymoron. TrumpIsTheHoax
People of every race and religion flock to live in our ever progressive western democracy for equality and opportunity. We are called racist and nazis for trying to protect this Some people need to read an actual dictionary instead of the first paragraph of Wikipedia Idiot in Chief. I can see a new face added, one chiselled out if natchos perhaps?
AnonsSynonymous That's because we are. Trump is a shitty person and leader though, what he said is true. Most western media is controlled by leftists, that cause you never see those famous paper report and criticize the bad things done by far left organization, which burn the western politics to the ground.
Well, they're not liberal in the classical sense. They are not tolerant of opposing views. Stoking up tensions due to economic woes and playing on race. It's kind of a stretch, but yet, still very possible. Does he not understand facism is his gig? Left wing facists would be an oxymoron Don! And you'd know tons about being a moron!
'We are under attack by 250,000,000 people who get that my megarich friends have been rigging the system for the past 50 years. So we're counting on you dunderheads to keep defending us, by putting down unions, deriding 'communism', and voting against your own self-interest.' He is right. Here's proof that fascists OBAMA and BIDEN politically targeted patriot Flynn fully knowing he was innocent ...
Why that title, as if its LEGIT? 'U.S. under seige from 'far-left fascism,' Trump lied about today at Mount Rushmore. so JoeBiden is a communist fascist believing and craving totalitarian mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm 'There is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak it's language, perform it's rituals, recite it's mantras, and follow it's commandments then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished.' President Trump
Roll on November. Time to eject the douchebag. Correction: Stephen Miller using Trump as his ventriloquist's dummy attacks 'left wing fascism'. Trump should blend his makeup better. Well spot on. The left are lunatics. Guardian, why are you wasting your time and your readers’ time covering this nonsense.Let him talk to his idiot cultist followers. The rest of us don’t need to hear about it.
...no...under occupation by a racist incompetent president. You'll be glad when we have President Biden.....all the world will be.. Yeah, AMERICANS! Far left fascism is a contradiction in terms. Why is he putting far left with facism, opposing ideologies He is the only facist He really doesn't know his left from his right
Trump describing the US as the most just and exceptional nation on the planet has got to be the most gag worthy thing I've ever heard him say. Oh my god. He is a moron. He’s working hard to incite a cultural war, & keep America angry & divided. DumpTrump Far left fascism is an oxymoron! Completely paradoxical statement coming from an absolute loon.
Yikes. His path is the definition of fascism. But the constituents he’s offering this bullshit to aren’t firing on enough cylinders to know that 🤦🏻♀️ yeah didn't Hitler say the same stuff about the Jewish people Fascism: Form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism It is literally far right by definition
You cannot call them Anti-Fascist (ANTIFA) and Far Left Fascists at the same time. That is not how this works. That's not how the world works. Probably changing to FLF because one of his dumbass kids realized if they are anti Trump and Anti Fascist, that equates trump as Fascist US under siege from Swampy Don and his corrupt crew of dysfunctional misfits and Putin stooges
idiot This man lives in a world of his own. He's as predictable as Armaggeddon His supremacist supporters are using that already to label those who think tRump is racist. There’s no such thing as “far left fascism.” Nonsense such garbage as written makes us think you are pandering to the forces against America .
Very Hitler like. This man had no schooling: Fascism is a form of far-right, authoritarian ultranationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, as well as strong regimentation of society and of the economy which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. US ruled by an outright idiot.
Far left fascists... About 40 percent of Americans actually believe that fascism is a far left ideology. The Republican party and conservative media have been pushing that lie for 30 years. So America is under attack from liberal left nazis, how does that even work? My God Far left fascists... Oh shut up, Twerp. universal healthcare, equal opportunity, freedom from tyranny and representative government are not far left, they are fair.
'Far left fascism' is generally known as communism. He’s as dumb as his followers. So he doesn’t know what fascism is. Next it will be “those racist lefts that want to tear down our confederate monuments”. GET HIM OUT!!! He's projecting. It's under seige from his fascism and hate. SaleemulHuq He's always projecting. He is the fascist. trumpRUSSIA crookeddonald
'Ulyssesius S Grant' Are the “far-left fascists” the Russians who placed the bounty on American heads or the Taliban who do the actual killing? realDonaldTrump POTUS this looks like a Trump campaign ad, hey thanks he's right The far left is both antifa and fascist. More like far right fascism TrumpIsUnwell AmericaOrTrump
25th! So antifa is good now? He is exactly right. Accuse the accusers of that which you are guilty.. a page straight out of hiltler’s NAZI germany. Left & right dock at the ends. docking Nazi Communist Fascism is a rightist ideology inherently. Anti fa is left Hahaha 😂 The classic fascist gas-lighting tactic. Claim your opponent is doing what you're doing.
realDonaldTrump makes it clear that presidential candidates need to be able to pick the 50 states out on a map before they are allowed to run. Far left fascism doesn't even make sense as a statement Geez, from the man who has promoted fascism. fascismisfarright trump lies.
Sioux president says Trump not welcome to visit Mount Rushmore‘People are going to want to exercise their first amendment rights to protest’ With the possible exceptions of Klan Rallies and Moscow, he’s not really welcome anywhere Did they copy that from deep purple in rock ?
Trump heads to Mount Rushmore for divisive fireworks celebrationPresident plans to decry ‘leftwing mob’ in event raising concerns over wildfire risk, respect for tribal land and Covid-19 dangers Hopefully Lincoln falls atop him Fireworks aren’t “divisive” when looters are shooting them at people in NYC though. Yep the president is heading off to another Super spreader event hey even has a chance to cause a forest fire that's something he's never done
Trump to host Mount Rushmore event amid criticismThe president promises a tremendous 3 July, but critics fear the event is risky as virus cases rise. Morons, both those who host it and those who attend it! Tell that to the protestors there slashing tires to stop the first amendment.
Oglala Sioux vote to ban Trump from Mount Rushmore – hours before controversial fireworks event'The people are angry. All I can do as a leader is stand back and support them' vincemindfreak 😅 We will win. SilentMajorityRising OH GET REAL! GET OFF RACIST CRAP!
Donald Trump announces that US added 5million new jobs in June despite Covid-19President Trump announced the figures at the White House Thursday, and said it was evidence the US economy was recovering from the coronavirus pandemic Fabouuuuuuleh Yeah and they’re all undertakers and grave diggers!
Trump says coronavirus 'will disappear' despite 52,000 new US cases in one day52,000 is the biggest daily amount of new cases in the US since the pandemic started. Doesn’t Trump realize that this coronavirus is now endemic and that everyone who wasn’t already immune will eventually catch it? Oh wait, he does, because he understands that this means the virus will disappear. That’s why the number of deaths in the UK will soon be zero. Hang on, was it not supposed to disappear when the warm weather came, did you not say that back in March? Basically you haven't got a clue so stop with your stupid predictions, people are still dying, 50.000 confirmed cases today, do your job or RESIGN