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At Rushmore: “Only America… No other place”

“We are the country of Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Frederick Douglas. We are the land of Wild Bill Hickock and Buffalo Bill Cody. We are the nation that gave rise to the Wright brothers, the Tuskegee airmen, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens,  General George Patton, the great Louis Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, and Muhammad Ali, and only America could have produced them all. No other place.”

Donald Trump Speech Transcript at Mount Rushmore 4th of July Event

Donald Trump: There could be no better place to celebrate America’s independence than beneath this magnificent, incredible majestic mountain and monument to the greatest Americans who have ever lived. Today we pay tribute to the exceptional lives and extraordinary legacies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt. I am here as your president to proclaim before the country and before the world, this monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defamed, their legacy will never ever be destroyed, their achievements will never be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.

We gather tonight to herald the most important day in the history of nations, July 4th, 1776. At those words, every American heart should swell with pride, every American family should cheer with delight, and every American patriot should be filled with joy because each of you lives in the most magnificent country in the history of the world and it will soon be greater than ever before.

Our founders launched not only a revolution in government, but a revolution in the pursuit of justice, equality, liberty, and prosperity. No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America and no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation. It was all made possible by the courage of 56 patriots who gathered in Philadelphia 244 years ago and signed the Declaration of Independence. They enshrined a divine truth that changed the world forever when they said, “All men are created equal.” These immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom. Our founders boldly declared that we are all endowed with the same divine rights, given us by our Creator in Heaven, and that which God has given us, we will allow no one ever to take away ever.

1776 represented the culmination of thousands of years of Western civilization and the triumph of not only spirit, but of wisdom, philosophy, and reason. And yet, as we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled, they bled to secure. Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children. 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. Many of these people have no idea why they’re doing this, but some know what they are doing. 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.

One of their political weapons is cancel culture, driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and to our values and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.

This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty must be stopped and it will be stopped very quickly. We will expose this dangerous movement, protect our nation’s children from this radical assault, and preserve our beloved American way of life. In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us.

Make no mistake. This left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress. To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage. Not on my watch.

That is why I am deploying federal law enforcement to protect our monuments, arrest the rioters, and prosecutors offenders to the fullest extent of the law.

Speaker 3: (12:28)
Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

Donald Trump:  I am pleased to report that yesterday, federal agents arrested the suspected ringleader of the attack on the statue of the great Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C., and in addition, hundreds more have been arrested. Under the executive order I signed last week pertaining to the Veterans Memorial Preservation Memorial and Recognition Act and other laws, people who damage or deface federal statues or monuments will get a minimum of 10 years in prison and obviously that includes our beautiful Mount Rushmore.

Our people have a great memory. They will never forget the destruction of statues and monuments to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, abolitionists and many others. The violent mayhem we have seen in the streets and cities that are run by liberal Democrats in every case is the predictable result of years of extreme indoctrination and bias in education, journalism, and other cultural institutions. Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes but that were villains. The radical view of American history is a web of lies, all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition. This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore. They defiled the memory of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt. Today we will set history and history’s record straight.

Before these figures were immortalized in stone, they were American giants in full flesh and blood, gallant men, whose intrepid deeds unleashed the greatest leap of human advancement the world has ever known. Tonight I will tell you and most importantly the youth of our nation the true stories of these great, great men.

From head to toe George Washington represented the strength, grace, and dignity of the American people. From a small volunteer force of citizen farmers, he created the Continental Army out of nothing and rallied them to stand against the most powerful military on earth. Through eight long years, through the brutal winter at Valley Forge, through setback after setback on the field of battle, he led those patriots to ultimate triumph. When the army had dwindled to a few thousand men at Christmas of 1776, when defeat seemed absolutely certain, he took what remained of his forces on a daring nighttime crossing of the Delaware River. They marched through nine miles of frigid darkness, many without boots on their feet, leaving a trail of blood in the snow. In the morning, they seized victory at Trenton after forcing the surrender of the most powerful empire on the planet at Yorktown, General Washington did not claim power but simply returned to Mount Vernon as a private citizen.

When called upon again, he presided over the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and was unanimously elected our first president. When he stepped down after two terms, his former adversary, King George called him the greatest man of the age. He remains first in our hearts to this day, for as long as Americans love this land, we will honor and cherish the father of our country, George Washington. He will never be removed, abolished, and most of all, he will never be forgotten.

Thomas Jefferson, the great Thomas Jefferson, was 33 years old when he traveled north to Pennsylvania and brilliantly authored one of the greatest treasures of human history, the Declaration of Independence. He also drafted Virginia’s constitution and conceived and wrote the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, a model for our cherished First Amendment. After serving as the first Secretary of State, and then Vice President, he was elected to the presidency. He ordered American warriors to crush Barbary pirates. He doubled the size of our nation with the Louisiana Purchase and he sent the famous explorers Lewis and Clark into the west on a daring expedition to the Pacific Ocean. He was an architect, an inventor, a diplomat, a scholar, the founder of one of the world’s great universities and an ardent defender of liberty. Americans will forever admire the author of American freedom, Thomas Jefferson, and he too will never, ever be abandoned by us.

Abraham Lincoln, the savior of our union, was a self-taught country lawyer who grew up in a log cabin on the American frontier. The first Republican president, he rose to high office from obscurity based on a force and clarity of his anti-slavery convictions. Very, very strong convictions. He signed the law that built the Trans-Continental Railroad. He signed the Homestead Act given to some incredible scholars as simply defined ordinary citizens free land to settle anywhere in the American West, and he led the country through the darkest hours of American history, giving every ounce of strength that he had to ensure that government of the people, by the people and for the people did not perish from this earth.

He served as commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces during our bloodiest war, the struggle that saved our union and extinguished the evil of slavery. Over 600,000 died in that war, more than 20, 000 were killed or wounded in a single day in Antietam. At Gettysburg 157 years ago, the Union bravely withstood an assault of nearly 15,000 men and threw back Pickett’s Charge. Lincoln won the Civil War. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation. He led the passage of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery for all-time and ultimately his determination to preserve our nation and our union cost him his life. For as long as we live, Americans will uphold and revere the immortal memory of President Abraham Lincoln.

Theodore Roosevelt exemplified the unbridled confidence of our national culture and identity. He saw the towering grandeur of America’s mission in the world overwhelming energy and zeal. As a Lieutenant Colonel during the Spanish-American War, he led the famous Rough Riders to defeat the enemy at San Juan Hill. He cleaned up corruption as police commissioner of New York City, then served as the Governor of New York, Vice President, and at 42 years old, became the youngest ever President of the United States.

He sent our great new naval fleet around the globe to announce America’s arrival as a world power. He gave us many of our national parks, including the Grand Canyon. He oversaw the construction of the awe-inspiring Panama Canal and he is the only person ever awarded both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was American freedom personified in full. The American people will never relinquish the bold, beautiful and untamed spirit of Theodore Roosevelt.

No movement that seeks to dismantle these treasured American legacies can possibly have a love of America at its heart. Can’t happen. No person who remains quiet at the destruction of this resplendent heritage can possibly lead us to a better future. The radical ideology attacking our country advances under the banner of social justice, but in truth, it would demolish both justice and society. It would transform justice into an instrument of division and vengeance and it would turn our free and inclusive society into a place of a repression, domination, and exclusion. They want to silence us, but we will not be silenced.

Crowd: (26:43)

Speaker 5: (26:43)
We love you!

Speaker 6: (26:43)
We love you President Trump.

Donald Trump: (27:17)
We will state the truth in full without apology. We declare that the United States of America is the most just and exceptional nation ever to exist on earth. We are proud of the fact that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and we understand that these values have dramatically advanced the cause of peace and justice throughout the world. We know that the American family is the bedrock of American life. We recognize the solemn right and moral duty of every nation to secure its borders and we are building the wall. We remember that governments exist to protect the safety and happiness of their own people. A nation must care for its own citizens first. We must take care of America first. It’s time. We believe in equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion and creed. Every child of every color, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of God.

We want free and open debate, not speech codes and cancel culture. We embrace tolerance, not prejudice. We support the courageous men and women of law enforcement. We will never abolish our police or our great Second Amendment which gives us the right to keep and bear arms. We believe that our children should be taught to love their country, honor their history, and respect our great American flag. We stand tall, we stand proud, and we only kneel to Almighty God. This is who we are. This is what we believe and these are the values that will guide us as we strive to build an even better and greater future. Those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny. In toppling the heroes of 1776, they seek to dissolve the bonds of love and loyalty that we feel for our country and that we feel for each other. Their goal is not a better America, their goal is to end America.

In its place, they want power for themselves, but just as patriots did in centuries past, the American people will stand in their way and we will win and win quickly and with great dignity. We will never let them rip America’s heroes from our monuments or from our hearts. By tearing down Washington and Jefferson, these radicals would tear down the very heritage for which men gave their lives to win the Civil War, they would erase the memory that inspired those soldiers to go to their deaths, singing these words of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, “As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, while God is marching on.” They would tear down the principles that propelled the abolition of slavery and ultimately around the world ending an evil institution that had plagued humanity for thousands and thousands of years. Our opponents would tear apart the very documents that Martin Luther King used to express his dream and the ideas that were the foundation of the righteous movement for Civil Rights. They would tear down the beliefs, culture and identity, that have made America the most vibrant and tolerant society in the history of the earth. My fellow Americans, it is time to speak up loudly and strongly and powerfully and defend the integrity of our country.

Crowd: (33:36)

Donald Trump: (34:03)
It is time for our politicians to summon the bravery and determination of our American ancestors. It is time. It is time to plant our flag and to protect the greatest of this nation for citizens of every race in every city in every part of this glorious land. For the sake of our honor, for the sake of our children, for the sake of our union, we must protect and preserve our history, our heritage, and our great heroes. Here tonight before the eyes of our forefathers, Americans declare again, as we did 244 years ago, that we will not be tyrannized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people. It will not happen.

Crowd: (35:12)

Donald Trump: (35:32)
We will proclaim the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and we will never surrender the spirit and the courage and the cause of July 4, 1776. Upon this ground, we will stand firm and unwavering. In the face of lies meant to divide us, demoralize us and diminish us, we will show that the story of America unites us and  inspires us, includes us all, and makes everyone free. We must demand that our children are taught once again to see America as did Reverend Martin Luther King when he said that the founders had signed a promissory note to every future generation. Dr. King saw that the mission of justice required us to fully embrace our founding ideals. Those ideals are so important to us, the founding ideals.

He called on his fellow citizens not to rip down their heritage, but to live up to their heritage. Above all, our children from every community must be taught that to be American is to inherit the spirit of the most adventurous and confident people ever to walk the face of the Earth. Americans are the people who pursued our Manifest Destiny across the ocean, into the uncharted wilderness, over the tallest mountains, and then into the skies, and even into the stars.

We are the country of Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Frederick Douglas. We are the land of Wild Bill Hickock and Buffalo Bill Cody. We are the nation that gave rise to the Wright brothers, the Tuskegee airmen, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, George Patton, General George Patton, the great Louis Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, and Muhammad Ali, and only America could have produced them all. No other place.

We are the culture that put up the Hoover Dam, laid down the highways, and sculpted the skyline of Manhattan. We are the people who dreamed the spectacular dream, it was called Las Vegas in the Nevada desert, who built up Miami from the Florida marsh, and who carved our heroes into the face of Mount Rushmore. Americans harnessed electricity, split the atom, and gave the world the telephone and the internet. We settled the Wild West, won two World Wars, landed American astronauts on the moon.

And one day very soon, we will plant our flag on Mars. We gave the world the poetry of Walt Whitman, the stories of Mark Twain, the songs of Irving Berlin, the voice of Ella Fitzgerald, the style of Frank Sinatra, the comedy of Bob Hope, the power of the Saturn V rocket, the toughness of the Ford F150, and the awesome might of the American aircraft carriers.

Americans must never lose sight of this miraculous story. We should never lose sight of it. Nobody has ever done it like we have done it. So today, under the authority vested in me as President of the United States, I am announcing the creation of a new monument to the giants of our past. I am signing an executive order to establish the National Guard of American heroes, a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live.

From this night, and from this magnificent place, let us go forward united in our purpose and rededicated in our resolve. We will raise the next generation of American patriots. We will write the next thrilling chapter of the American adventure. And we will teach our children to know that they live in a land of legends, that nothing can stop them, and that no one can hold them down. They will know that, in America, you can do anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.

Uplifted by the titans of Mount Rushmore, we will find unity that no one expected. We will make strides that no one thought possible. This country will be everything that our citizens have hoped for for so many years, and that our enemies fear, because we will never forget that the American freedom exists for American greatness. And that’s what we have, American greatness. Centuries from now, our legacy will be the cities we built, the champions we forged, the good that we did, and the monuments we created to inspire us all. My fellow citizens, America’s destiny is in our sights. America’s heroes are embedded in our hearts. America’s future is in our hands. And ladies and gentlemen, the best is yet to come. This has been a great honor for the First Lady and myself to be with you. I love your state. I love this country. I’d like to wish everybody a very happy Fourth of July to all. God bless you. God bless your families. God bless our great military, and God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you.

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  • Jack July 4, 2020, 9:32 AM

    I fully support Trump but for the life of me I do not understand why he did not initiate protection for all of the statues and memorabilia that have been destroyed by our nations’ marxist faggery and that GD BLM.

    As for what happens to these people for their destruction of these things including the damage caused by their rioting and killing, if they were in my power, it would mean the complete end of their sanity and they would spend the rest of their lives in some desert compound, as vegetables.

  • John Venlet July 4, 2020, 9:35 AM

    President Donald J. Trump is the only individual within the political sphere who unapologetically speaks to the American ideal. Thank God he is not a politician. Trump is an American who is doing all he can for Americans, unlike the vast majority of politicians who are simply attempting to accumulate power over the American people for their own benefit.

  • Vanderleun July 4, 2020, 10:08 AM

    Jack, I share your sentiment but I also note that Trump only has authority on his own to protect “Federal” land and property. Beyond those lines he has to wait upon an actual invitation from the governor of a state for him to intervene.

    As to your final solution, I would only say that one thing to do with rotten vegetables is to compost them.

  • jwm July 4, 2020, 10:48 AM

    I wasn’t quite sure where to share this thought: here, or the post on Battle Hymn of the Republic.
    “I have seen a fiery gospel…”
    Like Ghostsniper, I never heard the criticism of Lincoln, and the Union role in CWI until I was well into my adult years. I certainly didn’t hear it in my high school, or college history classes. The “fiery gospel” lyric may be jingoistic. It may stand on weak theological ground. But it is a thundering, and powerful verse, nonetheless.
    Re-read it in the context of Trump’s Independence Day speech, specifically the paragraph beginning with, “1776 represented…”
    This is Civil War II, the real thing. The Serpent wears a different skin, but that’s what snakes do quite regularly. If it is not crushed utterly and completely we, and our posterity will live beneath its heel.


  • Stargazer July 4, 2020, 12:38 PM

    Melania has the be the most beautiful First Lady this country has ever had.

  • Vanderleun July 4, 2020, 12:51 PM
  • ghostsniper July 4, 2020, 1:38 PM

    Her eyes look a little freeky to me, maybe the angle or sumfink, but I ain’t complainin’.
    She mops the floor with that nasty, gender questionable, primate that previously soiled the oval rug.
    I will NEVER get over the idea that those 2 were in the WH. I never imagined this country would sink that low. But here we are going on 4 years later and the amcoms keep digging new lows every dam day. It appears the barrel has no bottom. It’s just turtles all the way down!

  • Boat Guy July 5, 2020, 6:03 AM

    I think those eyes are “steely”. I see strength and resolution there.
    What a speech!
    I have many “issues” with the 16th Presidents actions, but what’s done is done;it’s 2020 and we have work to do.

  • ontoiran July 5, 2020, 4:54 PM

    one of the best defenses of our republic that I’ve ever heard. should make every rino in d.c. sick with shame. when are we going to hear similar words from them? the dimocrats are obviously anti-American. it makes me wonder who in d.c.; besides potus; is truly American.

  • Earl walker July 5, 2020, 6:54 PM

    This is the equivalent of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address.

  • Montage July 6, 2020, 11:30 AM

    Good speech. Note Frederick Douglass is spelled with two ‘S’s’ at the end.

  • Fred McNally July 6, 2020, 2:34 PM

    >[Melania] mops the floor with that nasty, gender questionable, primate that previously soiled the oval rug.
    She’s attractive in a Penthouse sort of way to thirteen-year-old boys in age or mentality (like her husband).
    “Primate”? Nice friends you have, vanderleun.
    I’m not a big believer in karma, but I’m seeing the Paradise fire in a new light…

  • ghostsniper July 4, 2021, 9:12 AM

    McNally gets all weepy woo when it encounters truth. I hope someone kills it.

  • Anne July 4, 2021, 9:45 AM

    Having watched the events of these past 40 years, I cannot help but come back to this:
    “Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.”

    My mind keeps asking the question how long does it take for a nation to come apart?

    Of course–we are not yet engaged in physical combat. I wanted to ask the question how long does it take for a nation to come apart? For the nation of Yugoslavia it only took 12 years from the death of Tito who had held there distinct groups together. Upon his death take a look here to see how long it took: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_breakup_of_Yugoslavia

    The physical war actually began at the border on June 29, 1981. My family and I were there when Austria (not mentioned in the time line) moved troops and tanks to their southern border on that day. As soon as Slovenia made their announcement

    For me the interesting piece that does not seem to be included in the timeline is this:
    do you remember what a big event it was on that day September 1989 when Austria opened it’s border for free passage to people of the eastern states? It was actually the beginning of the fall of the Berlin wall. But that one little act just at one border point where one human being (the guy in charge) said, let’s do it. Though there had all ready been nine years of internal struggle within Yugoslavia, I believe it was that action that speeded up the process.
    Pray for our beautiful heritage, our country and our people. Happy 4th of July

  • EX-Californian Pete July 4, 2021, 10:05 AM

    Happy 4th of July, everyone.

    I watched Trump’s Florida speech last night and was awe-struck. Just like his recent Ohio rally, it was HUGE. He will be President again after we get rid of the mental midget Biden, and his Communist cohorts in office.
    I have great hope for our country.

    To Fred McNally, I hope your remark about the Paradise fire isn’t meant as an ‘appreciation’ of it, because that’s something that only a cowardly, soulless, mindless, evil POS would say. That fire killed 85 innocent people- mostly elderly folks, and almost killed myeslf and thousand of others.
    If that IS what you meant, what a horrible shame that you would anonymously relate that on an internet forum in a completely cowardly way- instead of to one of us in person- like ME.

    God bless America, and may God damn those those who see to destroy it.

  • Anne July 4, 2021, 10:34 AM


    The Yugoslavian physical war began June 29, 1991. Sorry about that error–it is crucial to get the dates correct!! My bad!
    I am including here a link to a very interesting photo site that shows the opening of the border between Austria and Hungary on September 11, 1989 that link is here: https://www.rferl.org/a/hungary-1989-east-germany/30156892.html.
    All of this is fresh on my mind today, because yesterday I had a chat with a young American in our national guard. He had just returned from a month long military convoy from the northwest to “the east”, he couldn’t tell me what states he had been through. I asked him if he remembered Yugoslavia–no knowledge–never heard of it. Granted the opening of the borders and the Berlin wall and the breakup of Yugoslavia were events that preceded his birth by about 20 years–but, certainly someone in some school should’ve been able to at least make him aware of these events. To “never have heard of these things” is remarkable–erasing all of that from the next generation’s memory only took 10 years!