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Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at Rushmore

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Posted at 9:19 PM, Jul 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-04 00:28:58-04

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump has delivered a fiery speech at Mount Rushmore, charging that protesters have waged “a merciless campaign to wipe out our history” amid demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality. The president dug further into American divisions on Friday, offering a discordant tone to an electorate battered by a pandemic and wounded by racial injustice following the high-profile killings of Black people. He zeroed in on the desecration by some protesters of monuments and statues across the country that honor those who have benefited from slavery, including some past presidents. Trump said, “This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore."