Donald Trump has come under fire again for announcing that he would be holding another rally tonight in the shadow of Mt. Rushmore as COVID-19 numbers soar. Naturally those who are holding the president’s feet to the fire were oblivious to the Black Lives Matter bike rally in New York City earlier today that drew thousands of participants.
But not all of Trump’s critics were focused on the unique illness angle of his speech tonight. The ever-reliable CNN was on hand to remind its viewers that Mt. Rushmore is doubly tainted. The megalith memorializes two slave owners, and the land on which it was carved once belonged to (read: was stolen from) the Lakota tribe. (I’m frankly surprised that the network didn’t attack the other two presidents on the mountain for “insensitive” bronze sculptures that were cast of them after their deaths.) (RELATED: Why is Boston considering removing a statue of Lincoln?)
This is CNN:
"President Trump will be at Mount Rushmore, where he’ll be standing in front of a monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans.”pic.twitter.com/q0TVVRaGaX
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 3, 2020
Just one problem with CNN’s censure of Trump for choosing such a “racist” location for his pre-July Fourth speech. His predecessor, Barack Obama, held a campaign event at Mt. Rushmore himself in 2008 and planned to give a Fourth of July speech there during his presidency but had to rethink the event because of forest fire threats in the area. Interesting that the “Facts first” network didn’t think to call him out for the same offenses.