Trump Campaign Considers Displaying Statues Of ‘Founding Fathers’ At Future Rallies
The Trump campaign is considering a new addition to future rallies: displaying various statues at the events.
Right now, the idea remains in discussion between the White House and President Donald Trump’s campaign aides and so far, no final decision has been made. It is also unclear who the statues would represent, but sources told ABC News that they could resemble “America’s Founding Fathers.”
The idea to bring statues to the president’s future rallies likely came from Trump’s condemnation of those calling for the removal of so many monuments across America. While at first, activists focused on removing Confederate monuments, the discussion has also expanded to other historical figures.
The removal of statues across the U.S. has come after historic protests calling for racial justice after the May death of George Floyd. His brutal death in police custody has led to nationwide conversations about racial injustice and the country’s history of racism.
During Trump’s Friday speech at Mount Rushmore, he said, “Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children. Their goal is not a better America. Their goal is to end America.”
The president also announced an executive order that will establish the “National Garden of American Heroes,” which will feature statues of “the greatest Americans to ever live.”
Following his speech, the White House released a list of over two dozen people who might be included in the garden. The list included names such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Susan B. Anthony and Antonin Scalia.
In a Tuesday interview with RealClearPolitics, Trump expressed his thought that America is “in a culture war.” “If the Republicans don’t toughen up and get smart and get strong and protect our heritage and protect our country, I think they’re going to have a very tough election.”