Trump spoke in the shadow of the South Dakota monument on Friday before holding a “Salute to America” Independence Day event at the White House on Saturday.
He failed to address the growing Covid-19 crisis in states like Texas, Florida, Arizona and California and there was little evidence of mass or social distancing among the crowds at Rushmore, despite his own son’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, testing positive for the respiratory illness upon arrival.
Trump attacked for gaslighting nation on coronavirus and focus on ‘dead traitors‘
Donald Trump starts the week under fire over his divisive Mount Rushmore address attacking left-wing activists and defending Confederate generals, with Illinois senator Tammy Duckworth denouncing the president for spending “all his time talking about dead traitors” and not the country’s 130,000 coronavirus fatalities.
Speaking to Dana Bash on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Senator Duckworth, a Democrat and war veteran, said Trump’s speech revealed that his priorities “are all wrong” and that rather than tackling the resurgent coronavirus, addressing police reform in the wake of the killing of George Floyd or standing up to Russia after it allegedly placed a bounty on the heads of American troops, he preferred to launch on a spurious attack on “cancel culture” and efforts to bring down statues that many consider offensive.
Here’s Alex Woodward with more on his dark and cynical speech.