The event drew an estimated 7,500 people, packed tightly into an amphitheater beneath the famed landmark that depicts the images of USA presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. They think the American people are weak and soft submissive. Others were anxious the event would put tribal members at risk of a coronavirus outbreak. Trump advocated for a resumption of the display, and the state says the surrounding Black Hills National Forest has "gained strength" since then and that fireworks technology has advanced.
"Driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees", Trump said at the event, arguing that the toxic concept had no place in American society.
And despite the week of skyrocketing coronavirus cases in the U.S., the President mentioned the virus only in passing at the top of his remarks, thanking those working to fight it.
Instead of hitting a more unifying tone during the Independence Day celebration, Trump fueled the culture war and made an impassioned appeal to his base, using pronouns like "we" and "they" and "them" in his remarks to draw a divide.
"This monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defaced. their achievements will never be forgotten and Mt. Rushmore will stand forever", Trump said, referencing the recent toppling or destroying statues associated with colonialism and racial discrimination.
Ironically, Young, 74, criticized Trump's leadership of the U.S.in a lyrical rewrite of his 2006 track "Lookin' for a Leader" during one of his "front porch performances" released just two days before the Rushmore event.
The United States has seen a spike in its Covid-19 outbreak, witha record rise in the number of daily coronavirus cases recorded.
Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, a Trump ally, has said social distancing won't be required during the event and masks will be optional.
He lamented "cancel culture" and charged that some on the political left hope to "defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children". Some held their fists in the air as cars loaded with event attendees passed by.
Neil Young To Donald Trump: Comes A Time To Quit Using My Song - Now! "It's an injustice to actively steal Indigenous people's land then carve the white faces of the conquerors who committed genocide". Both Guilfoyle and Trump Jr., who serves as a top surrogate for the president, are isolating themselves and have canceled public events, according to Sergio Gor, chief of staff to the Trump campaign's finance committee.
The video ends with the statement: "Benedict Arnold can step aside" and introduces "Benedict Donald" as Donald Trump, "America's No.1 Traitor". Demonstrators were also concerned that the fireworks display could damage the mountain.
Some South Dakota officials are concerned about the absence of social distancing requirements - including wearing face coverings - for the thousands of people expected to attend.
More than 100 protesters, many Lakota, lined the road leading from Keystone to the monument holding signs and playing Lakota music in 95-degree heat.
The president's visit has raised fears over the potential spread of Covid-19, wildfire worries linked to the fireworks, and protests from Native American groups.