Perspective | Trump got his crowd and his fireworks, and peddled his fiction

Trump got his crowd and his fireworks and peddled his fiction.

7/4/2020 9:15:00 AM

Trump got his crowd and his fireworks and peddled his fiction.

The president reveled in the dramatic majesty of Mount Rushmore — and ignored the complicated American story.

ADADBut the president is not a man of complexity and nuance. He is a man who sees things in gloriously righteous white and suspicious, dangerous black. For him, Mount Rushmore is not complicated. It’s telegenic. His was not an open-armed celebration of American independence and the country’s raucous striving to fulfill its promise. The president had orchestrated a rally — a place where he could wade into a warm embrace of approval.

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And oh, how he glowed. He wore a dark suit and red tie. An American flag pin was tacked to his lapel. His skin was dewy in the summer heat. His smile was broad.He arrived in dramatic fashion. First, Air Force One flew over Mount Rushmore in a theatrical flourish. When the president’s plane landed, he was greeted by South Dakota Gov. Kristi L. Noem, who’s said that, on her watch, there would be no social distancing at this massive gathering taking place amid a worsening pandemic. Then the president, along with the first lady, climbed aboard Marine One, which allowed the couple to avoid the aftermath of the mostly Native American protesters who had been blocking the highway leading to the monument until they were dispersed by the National Guard.

When Trump finally lumbered onto the stage to cheers and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels roaring overhead, a smile stretched from ear to ear. His cheeks were practically rosy. He was holding his wife’s hand. He was surrounded by reassuring staff and family. Eric Trump towered above everyone. Tiffany Trump was there. All the speakers who preceded him lavished the president with warm welcomes and praise. Trump looked so pleased. He pumped his fist. He waved.

ADADHe stepped to the microphone and settled into his speech, which was not a pleasing pep talk for a country torn into bits. Instead, he warnedhisAmericans that other Americans were a threat to the country. “Our country is witnessing a merciless campaign to erase our history,” Trump warned. “One of their political weapons is cancel culture … This is the very definition of totalitarianism.”

“This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty, must be stopped,” the president said.He promised to save the monuments, to defend the monuments, to put the full weight of the federal government into protecting giant hunks of stone and bronze. And why not? It’s so much easier to cordon off a statue, to surround it with police officers, than it is to come to terms with the blood and the glory, the cruelty and good will that built this country and that haunts it.

Trump derided “social justice.” He referenced Martin Luther King, Jr., whose words have been so repeated, so decontextualized by errant politicians, that they’ve become rhetorical armor. Everyone claims King. Some stand on his shoulders; some hide behind him.

ADADTrump awkwardly read through what might best be described as Wikipedia entries on the four presidents depicted on Mount Rushmore: Theodore Roosevelt, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. And then he rattled off his familiar refrains: raging against athletes who take a knee to protest racial injustice, recommitting to building his wall, promising to put America first.

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Trump’s Tulsa rally looked like his vision of America: Limited and pitilessHe will defend the Second Amendment and never defund the police. The former is part of the oath he takes as president; the latter is not up to him. No matter. They are his campaign cherry bombs.

The crowd chanted: “USA, USA.” The crowd demanded “four more years.” The president did not discuss the coronavirus, which has killed more than 130,00 Americans. The crowd did not seem to care.Trump left the microphone with a promise to the crowd that the best is yet to come. If the president assured the country of anything on this night, with his buzzwords and generalities, with his

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SethAbramson And tax payers paid for this rally? One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn't belong, Can you tell which thing is not like the others By the time I finish my song? Seems unlikely ant generation going forward will be inclined to carve this dick brains' image into the rock face as well. If at all, maybe they should carve it somewhere that has a lot of landslides so it could be 'now you see him, now you don't!'

SethAbramson Best president since Reagan. Haha. A very great man and President spoke before the statues of our four greatest presidents. As I heard him speak I reflected on how much abuse he has taken from twisted, dark-motivated people & institutions, how hard he has worked for our country & its citizens, and it was sobering.

The fireworks were from 2016 that Hillary pre-ordered and couldn’t use after her MASSIVE LOSS. Read some posts from the right. Wow ! Calling him the most patriotic American and man of God. FAKE NEWS! SethAbramson Remove that picture He also got this news . . . SethAbramson 🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢 SethAbramson Petty

Most amazing piece of reporting I've ever read. Well done! And how much did this self-admiration show cost the US taxpayer? Yawn Not in the same ballpark 45!! It is fiction to people with their head up their ass. Trump’s victory speech! God bless 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 WaPo in damage control mode Hot take SethAbramson Shoulda stuck to how gaudy she probably thinks it is. Identical to Trump in being vapid. Where does Givhan stand on the proposed razing of an American icon and the revisionism 'Anti-racism' is going through on the left? Nowhere. Just bitter, jealous

SethAbramson Wow great speech! And people said Trump couldn’t unite us. My favorite line was: “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds.” SethAbramson And he got a spray tan. 🙄🤡💩

Black lives matter is Trust The abuse of power is against it. WaPo proves yet again they're the Enemy of the American People. F You. CancelTrumpSong Welcome to Trumplandia! Trump to retire: too old to respond to electoral fields

Trump holding large-scale July 4th event at Mount Rushmore despite coronavirus risksThe president’s plan to address a crowd of thousands at Mount Rushmore, where the state’s Republican governor says social distancing will not be enforced, comes against as the U.S. hit a new single-day record of 50,000 new cases. Of course he does . Smh COVIDFest19 North And yet there will be many who wonder why bars and restaurants aren't open on New Year's Eve.

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With Mount Rushmore Visit, Trump to Emphasize History, and Court ControversyPresident Trump’s trip to Mt. Rushmore ahead of Independence Day is designed to offer a blast of patriotic pageantry. But the firework festivities are shadowed by questions about social distancing and wildfire risks, as well as tensions with Native American leaders. KNOW THIS: Light-workers all over the planet have been busy alchemizing any & all dark energy, by the power of Almighty God: ‘Twas DARK is NOW LIGHT. And it is done. ✝️🔮❤️☮️🇺🇸🌎 P.S. We also decode comms.😉 He needs a photo.

Trump Visits Mount Rushmore Amid Controversy, Coronavirus ConcernsThe site has not had fireworks since 2009 because of environmental concerns. Leftist Bull💩! Cunt 130,000 plus dead americans, troops getting killed for money, lying to the people, being a racist president and he doesn’t care one bit. Instead of being a leader he’s out golfing right now. Your disgusting Mr. Trump. Over 50,000 cases yesterday, but golf is more important.

Trump visit to Mount Rushmore to be greeted by protests, wildfire fearsPresident Trump will attend an Independence Day fireworks display at Mount Rushmore on Friday before a crowd of thousands. But concerns over coronavirus and wildfires, along with protests from Native American groups, will also greet the president. Trump os only attending Mount Rushmore 'cause there isn't no black sculpture there. It’s an organic protest so don’t worry And freedom shall ring out all over the nation even if some are ungrateful.