President Donald Trump Tweetstorm - The Saturday Edition

Elias Hubbard
July 5, 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump has invited tens of thousands of guests to the National Mall in Washington D.C. for "the Salute for America" celebration party on July 4th, as 40 out of 50 U.S. states have reported a surge in COVID-19 cases on Friday.

The event drew 7,500 people, packed tightly into an amphitheater.

Mr Trump's surgeon general, Jerome Adams, who has stepped up his call for Americans to wear a mask in public, sidestepped when asked during an interview on Friday whether he would caution a loved one from attending such large gatherings.

Speaking underneath a famed landmark that depicts four U.S. presidents, Trump warned that the demonstrations over racial inequality in American society threatened the foundations of the USA political system.

"Make no mistake, this left wing cultural revolution is created to overthrow the American revolution", Mr Trump said.

"I am announcing the creation of a new monument to the giants of our past, I am signing an executive order to establish a National Garden of American Heroes, a vast outdoor park featuring statues of the greatest Americans to ever live", he said in a fiery speech in front of Mount Rushmore Friday night.

Police blocked off streets around the White House, Black Lives Matter Plaza and the Lincoln Memorial, where demonstrators pledged to hold peaceful protests for reforms following the May killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man from Minneapolis who died after an officer knelt on his neck.

"They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive", Trump said. Kimberly Guilfoyle, a senior campaign official and the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr, has tested positive for coronvirus.

"In our schools, our newsrooms and even our boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism", he said. "Not gonna happen to us", he said.

Al Jazeera's Rosiland Jordan, reporting from the United States city of Alexandria, described Trump's speech as a "political call to arms". She said the tourist influx would help businesses pay back loans they had taken out to survive the economic downtown but acknowledged the health risk for the town. And those statues were raised not in the 19th century.

She added: "Now, that doesn't matter to Donald Trump. He is running for re-election and his numbers are down".

The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln were carved into the mountain in the 1920s, with each of the heads almost 18.3 meters (60 feet) high.

The speech will be followed by military flyovers and a huge fireworks display, with a large gathering on the National Mall expected.

Native American protesters were arrested after blocking a road to the South Dakota landmark, according to video livestreamed on social media.

"Trump has disrespected Native communities time and again", The Democrats wrote.

On Friday, more than 100 protesters, many Indigenous, lined the road leading to Mount Rushmore holding signs and playing Lakota music in 35C-degree heat.

To avoid crowds for the July 4 celebration, all fireworks shows scheduled in California cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego have been canceled.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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