“American heroes defeated the Nazis, dethroned the fascists, overthrew the communists, saved American values, defended the American authorities and chased the terrorists to the ends of the earth,” Trump said. “We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the rioters, the looters and the people who in many cases have absolutely no idea what they are doing.”
Still, Trump – who has a long history of exploiting racial tensions in America – has condemned others for trying to “provoke hatred, dissent and mistrust”.
“We will not allow anyone to divide our citizens by race or background. We will not allow them to provoke hatred, dissent and mistrust,” Trump said.
In his comments to Mount Rushmore on Friday and at the White House on Saturday, Trump sought to become a protector of American history and heritage, focusing on protecting the heritage of the Founding Fathers and other historical American figures. But Trump has spent the past week focusing on defending monuments and names.
“Our past is not a burden to be thrown away,” Trump said at the White House’s “Welcome to America” event. “We will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, destroy our children or trample on our freedoms. We will protect our values, our traditions, our customs and our beliefs,” he said. Trump.
Trump claimed without proof during his remarks on Saturday that 99% of coronavirus cases “are completely harmless.”
“We have now tested almost 40 million people. In this way, we are showing cases – 99% of which are completely harmless – results that no other country can show because no other country has the tests we have. In terms of numbers, or in terms of quality “, he said, once again claiming that the increasing cases are caused by increased testing.
While the World Health Organization says the global mortality rate is less than 1%, the WHO also said that about 20% of all people diagnosed with coronary heart disease are sick enough to need oxygen or hospital care.
The White House did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.
Trump spoke more about the corona on Saturday than he did last night in South Dakota, but used a virus report to highlight his divisive message. “China must be held accountable” for the virus, he said, and reiterated that a vaccine would be available before the end of the year.
Despite the increase in coronary heart disease in all of the United States, many people attending the White House event did not exercise social distances or wear masks before the President’s remarks, CNN reported.
Washington’s DC celebrations do not appear to be following the CDC’s instructions on rallies, despite White House Deputy Spokesman Judd Deere telling CNN this week that the White House will impose social distances.
CNN asked the White House if visitors were testing or controlling the temperatures, but had not yet received a response. The White House stopped testing the temperature of all those who entered the White House a few weeks ago. Journalists at Saturday’s event have not been tested or tested for temperature.
Admiral Dr. Brett Giroir, a member of the White House’s special corona group, who is attending the White House event on July 4, declined to comment on the event and the lack of social distance.
“Good question, but let me see,” said Giroir, assistant health secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, when asked if the White House event set a good example for other Americans. “I’m holding the crisis.”
He noted: “My wife and I both wear masks.”
Biden later wrote on Twitter that “one of the most patriotic things you can do is wear a mask” during the coronation pandemic.
Biden’s campaign on Saturday also responded to Trump’s speech on Mount Rushmore, saying the United States was “suffering” as a result of the existence of a “divisive” president who “does not condemn anything but his own profit.”
“Our whole country is suffering from the basic cost of having a careless, divisive president who gives nothing but his own profit – not the sick, not the unemployed, not our constitution, and not our troops in a bad way. “Even when the outbreak of the epidemic escalates, he has agreed to reduce the federal screening response,” campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement.
This story has been updated with additional developments.
CNN’s Donald Judd, Betsy Klein, Kate Bennett, Veronica Stracqualursi, Maggie Fox, Jamie Gumbrecht and Kevin Bohn contributed to the report.