President Donald Trump continued his crusade against protesters aiming at statues and national monuments in a fiery July 4th speech comparing the "radical left" with Nazis and terrorists.
Trump spoke on Saturday during the Independence Day "Salute to America" from South Lawn in the White House and struck a belligerent tone as he doubled his attack on left-wing activists and media representatives, whom he accused of defaming the legacy .
"American heroes defeated the Nazis, dethroned the Fascists, overthrew the Communists, saved American values, upheld American principles, and chased terrorists to the end of the world," he said.
"We are in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters and the people, who in many cases have absolutely no idea what they are doing."
Despite the call for "unity," Trump did not hesitate to use the country's birthday as an opportunity to attack parts of the country that did not support him, saying that demonstrators were not "interested in justice or healing."
Following a theme he had posted the day before against the backdrop of the Mount Rushmore monuments, he followed up on those who tore down statues or believed that some of them, especially those of the Confederates, should be removed.
President Donald Trump made another fiery speech on Independence Day during the Salute to America event on the southern lawn of the White House
Trump spoke on Saturday of a night full of fireworks and overflights from the South Lawn of the White House and struck a belligerent tone that doubled his attack on the "radical left" and media members
The President and First Lady Melania Trump host the "Salute to America" 2020 event on Independence Day
Despite a flood of coronavirus cases across the country, the president had seduced the masses with a “special evening” full of tribute and fireworks. Pictured: Trump and the First Lady watch the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform a flyover near the White House
A Trump supporter holds flags as a military plane flies over the White House and Ellipse during Independence Day celebrations
Trump sought to mobilize his political base and doubled his attack on the "radical left". Those he claims are trying to "erase our history".
Trump's approval of large gatherings in the National Mall and Mount Rushmore came when many communities decided to scrap fireworks
Republican support for the removal of Confederate monuments has increased.
"Our past is not a burden to be thrown away," Trump said.
Eager to mobilize his political base, he promised never to allow "an angry mob" to demolish statues, "erase our history, indoctrinate our children, or trample our freedom," and vowed to "American lifestyle" To defend It started in 1492 when Columbus discovered America. & # 39;
In a message to the media, Trump accused them of "slandering" the American people by calling their "opponents" racists.
"If you make these false accusations, you are not only defaming me, you are not only defaming the American people, you are defaming generations of heroes who gave their lives for America," he said. “You slander people who are much braver and more principled than you.
“They dishonor their great legacy and memory by insisting that they fight for racism and oppression. They fought for the opposite.
"We will not allow these people's inheritance to be slandered by you."
He spoke to a crowd of people, including frontline health workers who were fighting COVID-19, which killed nearly 130,000 Americans.
He accused China – where the outbreak originated – of a cover-up that allowed the disease to race across the globe, but praised American "scientific brilliance".
"We will likely have a therapeutic and / or vaccine solution well before the end of the year," he said.
Saturday's speech at the White House was rounded off with fighter jet air shows and fireworks over the National Mall
Many of the guests who attended the event sat close together on the South Lawn and did not wear masks
Trump vowed to protect the legacy of American war heroes and military troops. Pictured: During the Independence Day celebration, a U.S. military color guard stands on the lawn of the White House in the south
U.S. Army members of the Golden Knights Parachute Team display an American flag as they land on the ellipse near the White House on July 4th
Paratroopers of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team appear over the White House
On a day celebrating American independence and unity, Trump pursued the enemies he described as leftists, looters and agitators.
Saturday's speech at the White House was rounded off with fighter jet air shows and fireworks over the National Mall.
But the amount that went through the National Mall for the night flight show and fireworks was strikingly thinner than that gathered for last year's baptism.
Many who showed up were wearing masks, unlike those who were sitting close together for Trump's South Lawn event, and for those who were scattered across the sprawling space, it was easy to distance yourself.
Trump's July 4th event follows a Friday night speech at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, accusing "angry mobs" of trying to erase the story and using the speech to paint himself as a bulwark against left-wing extremism .
In blatant words, he accused demonstrators who campaigned for racial justice for engaging in a "merciless campaign to erase our history".
Even as he drove the celebrations on, he barely mentioned the pandemic that had hoped for reelection, even as COVID-19 continued to advance in Trump's inner circle.
Kimberly Guilfoyle, a top fundraiser for the president and girlfriend of his eldest child, Donald Trump Jr., tested positive for the virus, Trump's campaign said late Friday.
Guilfoyle tweeted on Saturday that she was looking forward to an "early recovery".
People wait for U.S. President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during the Salute to America 2020 at the White House
The president and first lady wave to the crowd ahead of Saturday's "Salute to America" event
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stand on the stage of the South Lawn of the White House with the Jefferson Memorial and a small crowd of supporters on the ellipse in the background as they perform a “2020 Salute to America ”to celebrate the Independence Day holiday at the White House in Washington, USA, July 4, 2020. REUTERS / Carlos Barria
In a message from the President on Saturday morning on the 244th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Trump admitted that "no doubt many challenges have been put to the test of the American mind in recent months."
His democratic rival Joe Biden said in a statement that the United States "never lived up to its founding principle that" all men were created equal, "but today," we have a chance to tear the roots of systemic racism out of this country. " . & # 39; & # 39;
Trump's approval of large gatherings in the National Mall and Mount Rushmore came when many communities decided to scrap fireworks, parades, and other holiday traditions in hopes of avoiding even more flare-ups.
Joe Biden, Trump's democratic rival in the November elections, proposed a contrasting remark to the Republican president, accusing him on July 4 every day of "finding new ways to tarnish and degrade our democracy".
"We now have a chance to give the marginalized, demonized, isolated, oppressed a full share of the American dream," Biden said in a separate letter to the donors.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser had tried to stop the Trump administration from holding fireworks over the National Mall and had informed the Home Office that it was violating the leadership of health officials during the pandemic.
In addition to fireworks viewers, activists from different backgrounds seemed to be willing to ignore the health warnings.
Roar of the Deplorables, a biker group, said on social media that they too were planning to gather in Washington on Saturday to protest the so-called "anti-Trump regime" and celebrate the nation's birthday.
Freedom Fighters DC, a new group of activists trying to win an ethnically diverse generation of supporters for the freedom of all people, especially the black population of Washington, is one of the anti-racism groups that ignore the mayor's attention not to congregate.