Sky News:- Donald Trump has blasted “angry mobs” trying to tear down statues as he claimed protesters are attempting to “wipe out” US history in a speech to mark America’s Independence Day.
The US president addressed more than 7,000 supporters at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, with most of the crowd not wearing face masks or social distancing despite a spike in coronavirus cases in the country.
Following weeks of protests sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody, Mr Trump criticised demonstrators who have destroyed or damaged monuments of Confederate leaders and other historical figures.
“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children,” he said.
“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.
“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 president claimed there was a “new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance” in schools, newsrooms and corporate boardrooms.
“Make no mistake: this left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American revolution,” he said.
“Our children are taught in school to hate their own country and believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes but were villains.
“The radical view of American history is a web of lies.”
The president announced he was signing an executive order to establish a “National Garden of American Heroes”, a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the “greatest Americans to ever live”.
He also criticised “cancel culture” – which he claimed was “driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees” – and branded it “the very definition of totalitarianism”.
“This attack on our liberty… must be stopped and it will be stopped very quickly,” he said.