President Donald Trump issued another dark and angry message attacking his political adversaries during a White House address on Independence Day.
One day after a speech at Mount Rushmore that was blasted as “perhaps the most un-American speech ever delivered by an American president,” Trump doubled down on his crusade against protesters targeting statues and national monuments, comparing the “angry mob” to Nazis and terrorists, during a fiery Fourth of July speech,
Speaking from the White House South Lawn on Saturday, Trump blasted “the radical left” as well as members of the “media,” while vowing to protect America’s history and the legacy of war heroes.
“American heroes defeated the nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved American values, upheld American principles and chased down the terrorists to the very ends of the earth,” Trump said.
“We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing,” he added.
Trump's July 4 message to the nation: "We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing." pic.twitter.com/zh7wPYmT3z
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 4, 2020
Trump promised never to allow “an angry mob” to tear down statues, “erase our history, indoctrinate our children or trample on our freedom.”
In a message to members of the media, Trump accused them of “slandering” the American people by labeling to their “opponents” as racists.
“When you level these false charges you not only slander me, you not only slander the American people, but you slander generations of heroes who gave their lives for America. You slander people much braver and more principled than you. You’re slandering the young men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima and those who perished fighting for freedom in the Civil War,” he said.
“You are dishonoring their great legacy and their memory by insisting that they fought for racism, they fought for oppression. They fought for the exact opposite. We will not let the legacy of these people to be slandered by you,” he added.
Trump’s Fourth of July event follows a Friday night speech at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota where he accused “angry mobs” of trying to erase history and used the speech to paint himself as a bulwark against left-wing extremism.