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USA: Trump vows to defend 'American way of life' from 'new far-left fascism'05:32

USA: Trump vows to defend 'American way of life' from 'new far-left fascism'

United States, Keystone
July 4, 2020 at 08:29 GMT -00:00 · Published

US President Donald Trump attended the Independence Day celebration at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota on Friday, where he lambasted what he called the "new far-left fascism" and vowed to protect US monuments and statues from vandals.

"Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children. 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," he said.

"Make no mistake, this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution," Trump added.

Trump defended the national symbolism of the United States, promising to "deploy federal law enforcement to protect the monuments, arrest the rioters and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law."

Statues and monuments of prominent figures of US history have become the target of protesters, and in many cases torn down in recent weeks, during nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody on May 25. Mount Rushmore, which bears the image of former slave-holders and presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, has also come under criticism.

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US President Donald Trump attended the Independence Day celebration at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, South Dakota on Friday, where he lambasted what he called the "new far-left fascism" and vowed to protect US monuments and statues from vandals.

"Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children. 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," he said.

"Make no mistake, this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution," Trump added.

Trump defended the national symbolism of the United States, promising to "deploy federal law enforcement to protect the monuments, arrest the rioters and prosecute offenders to the fullest extent of the law."

Statues and monuments of prominent figures of US history have become the target of protesters, and in many cases torn down in recent weeks, during nationwide demonstrations sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody on May 25. Mount Rushmore, which bears the image of former slave-holders and presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, has also come under criticism.

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