President Trump pledged in a pair of speeches over Independence Day weekend to defend America’s history and ideals and warned against a left-wing campaign that seeks to wipe out the “very blessing our ancestors fought so hard for.”
“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children,” Trump said in remarks July 3 at Mount Rushmore prior to the annual fireworks display. Trump referenced recent attacks on and removals of statues honoring George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and various abolitionists. “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities,” Trump said. “Many of these people have no idea why they are doing this, but some know exactly what they are doing. They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive. But no – the American people are strong and proud, and they will not allow our country, and all of its values, history, and culture, to be taken from them.” The left-wing campaign, he said, “threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled [and] bled to secure.” Trump also criticized the so-called cancel culture, which he blamed for “driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees.”
“This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and our values, and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America,” he said.
“This attack on our liberty … must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly.”
Americans, Trump said, “believe that our children should be taught to love their country, honor our history, and respect our great American flag.”
“We stand tall, we stand proud, and we only kneel to Almighty God,” Trump said.
During a July 4th speech, Trump urged Americans to learn from the heroes of history.