7,500 are expected to attend Trump's 4th of July event
Despite a surge in coronavirus cases, President Trump will head to Mt. Rushmore for a Fourth of July celebration where no masks or social distancing will be required. 7,500 people are expected to attend Trump's 4th of July event.
It's a made for TV election year photo op for the president to kick off the Fourth of July weekend. It's going to be a fireworks display like few people have seen standing in the shadow of four presidents at Mount Rushmore with military flyovers and the first fireworks display at the monument in a decade, all amid a global pandemic. Critics say the event is risking Corona virus spread among the expected 7500 Spectators as cases continue to spike across the country. There are nearly 7000 confirmed cases in South Dakota and 97 deaths. There will be no social distancing, but masks will be provided. We won't be social distancing. We're asking them to come, be ready to celebrate, to enjoy the freedoms and liberties that we have in this country. It's not clear how many of those 7500 visitors will come from other places experiencing rising cases. We are concerned about the Corona virus. We want our visitors to be safe and healthy. We're very confident that we have been quite careful in analyzing the situation on how to have a safe and responsible of it. The president wants suggested to South Dakota's governor that he'd like to be the fifth face on the mountain. And here in Trump Country, people actually buy into it. One day. Donald J. Trump will be on that monument, I firmly believe. But at a time of racial unease, when protesters air tearing down statues of slave holders and calling for the names of Confederate generals to be removed from army bases, the Rushmore event is a reminder that Trump is fighting to preserve these relics of heritage and history that some see as symbols of oppression and to indigenous people. Mount Rushmore, with four white presidents, two of whom were slave owners, is one of those symbols. Indigenous people in my ancestors fought and died and gave their lives to protect the sacred land and to blow up a mountain and put the faces of four white men who were colonizers who committed genocide against indigenous people. The fact that we don't as America think of that as an absolute outrage is ridiculous. The dispute over Mount Rushmore has gone on for decades, carved out of South Dakota's Black Hills on land sacred to Native Americans who have never gotten over the fact that the government took over this location and turned it into a tourist attraction. Native American activists say the government should give back the land to the original owners. They're planning protests, and local tribal councils have denounced the Trump visit. All of a sudden, what indigenous people have been saying for generations, there's an appetite toe. Have a conversation about symbols off white supremacy, structural racism, historian Tom Griffith says. Getting rid of the monuments is not the answer. We can easily erase all of the symbols of of our past, but we can't ignore the history. It will remain no matter what sculptures what are torn down around the country and that continues today. To some Mount Rushmore, the creation is almost as controversial today as its creator, Gutzon Borglum. The sculptor was an ordered supporter of the Ku Klux Klan, though he never took the oath. I think more than ideology, but more practically, he was affiliated with the clan to raise money. Joe Johns, CNN in Keystone, South Dakota,