US President Donald Trump during a visit to South Dakota, timed to coincide with the independence Day of the United States, announced that he signed an Executive order to create a Park where statues of America’s greatest heroes will be installed. On Saturday, July 4, reports Fox News channel.
This will be a large open-air Park, the American leader said, speaking at the memorial on mount Rushmore. It will, he said, have ” statues of the greatest Americans who have ever lived.”
The President did not specify where and when such a Park will be created.
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 ruthless campaign to destroy our history, dishonor our heroes, devalue our values.” Trump added that these people are “openly attacking the legacy” of the presidents depicted on the monument in Rushmore.
“We only kneel before Almighty God… We will not be intimidated by bad, evil people. This will not happen, ” the President said.
The memorial on mount Rushmore is an 18.6 m high bas-relief carved in granite with portraits of four American presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. The memorial was created in 1927-1941 under the direction of sculptor Gutzon Borglum and is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the founding of the United States.
Against the background of the death of an African-American George Floyd in police custody in the United States, discussions about racial discrimination again escalated, protests took place in many cities, and several monuments to southerners who fought in the American civil war were demolished.
So, on June 20, demonstrators demolished the statue of Confederate General albert Pike in the capital of North Carolina — Raleigh. A week earlier, it was reported that protesters removed a bust of slave owner John McDonough in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On June 10, protesters in Richmond brought down a monument to Christopher Columbus, and left-wing activists accused the discoverer of the continent of genocide of the native American population.
On July 1, the mayor of the American city of Richmond, Levar Stoney, ordered the immediate removal of all monuments to the confederates from the city.