***Live Updates*** Trump Holds Mount Rushmore Independence Day Celebration
President Donald Trump will hold an Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore on Friday evening.
A fireworks show will follow Trump’s remarks.
Trump and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) have been ripped for not requiring masks and social distancing at the event. Activists are also protesting the existence of Mount Rushmore, saying it was built on stolen land by a KKK sympathizer, and warning that the fireworks show (the first since 2009) could cause wildfires.
Stay tuned to Breitbart News for live updates. All times eastern.
11:35 PM: Trump says that centuries later, our legacy will be the cities we built, the champions we forged, the good that we did, and the monuments we created to inspire us all. Crowd chants “USA!” again.
11:30 PM: Trump says he is signing an Executive Order to establish the National Garden of American Heroes that will feature statues of the greatest Americans who have ever lived. he says it will be a “new monument to the giants of our past.”
11:23 PM: Trump says it is “time to plant our flag” to “protect our history, heritage, and our great heroes.”
11:18 PM: Trump now says we will never abolish the police or the Second Amendment. He says children should be taught to honor our history and respect the great American flag. He says “we only kneel to Almighty God. This is who we are. This is what we believe.”
Trump says those who seek to erase our heritage want to dissolve the bonds of loyalty that we feel for each other and the country. He says their goal is to “end America.” He says in its place “they want power for themselves.”
He says the American people “will stand in their way” and “win quickly… with great dignity.”