US President Donald Trump delivered a speech in honor of US Independence Day at the monument on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. This giant bas-relief depicts portraits of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
More than 7.5 thousand spectators gathered to listen to the President’s speech.
In his speech, Trump stressed: “there is no better place to celebrate American independence than under this magnificent monument erected in honor of the four greatest Americans.”
The US President recalled that the founding fathers of the United States did not just make a revolution in power, they made a revolution in the struggle for justice, equality, freedom, and welfare: “No nation has done more to improve people’s living conditions than the United States of America. And no nation has done more to advance human progress than the citizens of our great country.”
Trump sharply criticized the “leftist cultural revolution” and “evil mobs” that, in his words, threaten the foundations of the American state. He condemned those who are waging a “relentless campaign to destroy our history, dishonor our heroes, devalue our values, and indoctrinate our children.” Trump added that these people “openly attack the legacy” of the presidents depicted on the monument.
Trump stressed: “We will utter the truth completely, without any apologies. We declare that the United States of America is the justest and distinguished nation that has ever existed on Earth.”
Trump called on Americans to “protect the dignity of our country,” “protect the greatness of our state, for citizens of every race, in every city and every part of this glorious country.”
The US President said that he signed a decree on the creation of a Park where statues of America’s greatest heroes will be installed.