Neil Young condemned President Donald Trump in a tweet Friday after one of Young's songs was seen on social media being used during the rally. Today, we pay tribute to the exceptional lives of extraordinary legacies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt.
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"We have a country that's really making a comeback", the president said in the video and then touted, "we had the best unemployment numbers, we had the best employment numbers, we had the best stock market numbers that we ever had, we were doing better than any country had ever done in history".
On Friday, more than 100 protesters, many Indigenous, lined the road leading to Mount Rushmore holding signs and playing Lakota music in 35C-degree heat.
For many netizens, the incident illustrated an ongoing double standard in corporate press coverage of the president, with reporters routinely manufacturing scandals out of events and actions previously deemed uncontroversial for other political figures. Some held their fists in the air as cars loaded with event attendees passed by. The "Salute" will include a speech that Trump says would celebrate American "heritage". (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images) A sheriff's deputy arrests a protester who helped block the road to Mount Rushmore National Monument in Keystone, S.D., on July 3, 2020.
"Nothing stands as a greater reminder to the Great Sioux Nation of a country that can not keep a promise or treaty than the faces carved into our sacred land on what the United States calls Mount Rushmore", Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier said in a statement condemning Mount Rushmore and the Trump event.
Security for the event itself was tight.
Some of the group dispersed after South Dakota National Guard members arrived on the scene and officers declared the assembling unlawful.
Noem pushed to get the fireworks resumed soon after she was elected, and enlisted Trump's help.
The US government had promised the land around Mt. Rushmore to the Sioux people in an 1868 agreement but seized the land within the decade despite the document.
Trump made no mention of the fire danger in fresh comments Thursday. "U.S.!" and "Four more years!"
For most of the country, this July 4 marks the strangest celebration of the holiday in their lifetime.
He plans a July Fourth celebration on the National Mall in Washington despite health concerns from D.C.'s mayor.
Canadian-American rock veteran Neil Young took to Twitter on Friday to blast U.S. President Donald Trump for using his songs at a 4th of July rally at Mount Rushmore.
However, President Donald Trump will host a big party in Washington, with hundreds expected to pack the White House's South Lawn.