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    (CNN)South Dakota is hoping to keep the newly revived July 4th celebration at Mount Rushmore going, and the state's governor is trying to get the message to President Joe Biden's nominee for Interior Secretary.During Tuesday's nomination hearing for Interior Secretary nominee Deb Haaland, Republican Sen. Roger Marshall of Kansas told Haaland that South Dakota Gov. -- and Donald Trump ally -- Kristi Noem reached out to him last night and said Haaland and President Joe Biden are invited to Mount Rushmore for the Fourth of July celebration.Fireworks at Mount Rushmore had been discontinued in 2009 due to concerns about wildfire hazards in forests adjacent to the monument. In May 2019, Noem announced that the state and Interior Department had struck a deal to allow fireworks at Mount Rushmore beginning with the 2020 Independence Day celebration, which then-President Trump attended and was considered a coronavirus super spreader event. Noem had said...
    KEYSTONE, S.D. -- At the foot of Mount Rushmore on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump made a direct appeal to disaffected white voters four months before Election Day, accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a "merciless campaign to wipe out our history."The president dug further into American divisions Friday, offering a discordant tone to an electorate battered by a pandemic and wounded by racial injustice following the high-profile killings of Black people. He zeroed in on the desecration by some protesters of monuments and statues across the country that honor those who have benefited from slavery, including some past presidents."This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore," Trump said. He lamented "cancel culture" and charged that some on the political left hope to "defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children."He said Americans should speak...
              KEYSTONE, South Dakota (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning a fiery Mount Rushmore speech Friday night including denunciations of protesters he says are trying to “tear down” the nation’s history. He’s adding the condemnation of those who pull down statues to a big fireworks show and his more traditional July Fourth praise of America’s past and values. But hours before the event, protesters blocked a road leading to the monument. Authorities worked to move the demonstrators, mostly Native Americans protesting that South Dakota’s Black Hills were taken from the Lakota people against treaty agreements. President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One, Friday, July 3, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Trump is en route to Mount Rushmore National Memorial. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) One group parked three vans across the road and took the tires from two of them...
    President Trump attends an Independence Day fireworks celebration at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota on Friday. Live coverage of the event began at 4 p.m. Mountain Time. Trump and first lady Melania Trump will participate in in the event at 8:10 p.m. MT, according to the White House schedule. News Donald Trump South Dakota Holidays Independence Day
    Getty Trump Mount Rushmore Event President Donald Trump is attending and speaking at a big pre-Fourth of July fireworks show at Mount Rushmore tonight. The event runs from 4-10 p.m. MST (5-11 p.m. Central/6 p.m.-12 a.m. Eastern), with the fireworks happening at approximately 9:30-9:45 p.m. MST tonight. If you’re interested in watching a live stream of the event, we have multiple videos below where you can watch Trump and the fireworks online.Here Are Multiple Live Streams of Trump at Mount RushmoreIf you want to make sure that you don’t miss anything, including Trump’s speech, then you’ll likely want to start tuning in around 6 p.m. Eastern/5 p.m. Central/4 p.m. Mountain/3 p.m. Pacific. That way, even if the part you want to watch starts later, you won’t miss anything. The event goes on until 12 a.m. Eastern (10 p.m. MST.) The first live stream you can watch below is...
    President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore. The event, which is expected to draw thousands, will not require people to wear masks or socially distance, even as coronavirus cases spike across the country. Trump is expected to speak at the event, which has issued 7,500 tickets to watch fireworks that he says will be a 'display like few people have seen.' It is expected to cost around $600,000 with money spent on fire and environmental consulting services, a permit review, inspections and even portable toilets, reports TMZ. Health experts are worried and one former park official says the event will 'endanger public safety' and it will be 'extremely difficult' to evacuate crowds if there is an emergency. President Donald Trump is beginning Fourth of July weekend with a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore. Pictured: Fireworks over Mount Rushmore National...
    WASHINGTON — President Trump will ring in the Fourth of July weekend with a patriotic fireworks celebration at Mount Rushmore — an event that, like much of the holiday weekend, will test Americans’ social distancing discipline amid a still-spreading pandemic and raging debate about the nation’s historical figures. The president is expected to deliver remarks at the celebration, which will attract up to 7,500 people to South Dakota’s iconic monument to America and Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Trump has promised a “display like few people have seen.” “We’re going to have a tremendous evening. It’s going to be a fireworks display like few people have seen. It’s going to be very exciting. It’s going to be beautiful,” he said Thursday. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will arrive around 10 p.m. Eastern Time for the rally and a fireworks display at 10.50 p.m. before...
    PROGRAMMING ALERT: Watch South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg discuss this topic and more on “Fox and Friends” in the 6 a.m. EDT hour on July 3 on Fox News Channel.The National Park Service under President Barack Obama was at the forefront of the left’s “cancel culture” when it nixed fireworks over Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota a decade ago, citing environmental concerns related to gunpowder. I found such concerns absurd. Fortunately, things are different under President Trump’s leadership. President Trump will be in attendance Friday when – for the first time in 10 years – South Dakotans and Americans will once again behold fireworks bursting in midair, illuminating Mount Rushmore’s 60-foot tall busts of some of our nation’s great leaders and celebrating the inception of our nation and the freedom and independence for which it stands. MOUNT RUSHMORE JULY FOURTH CELEBRATION TO FEATURE TRUMP REMARKS, FIREWORKS,...
    Our teenage boy-in-chief has planned two consecutive days of Fourth of July celebrations, assuring our country what we need most as Americans faced with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases and national unrest is more fireworks. The president vowed that the aptly named “President Trump’s 2020 Salute to America” will be “the largest in recent memory,” bringing this country together, literally, through high-school-like pep rallies risking further infection. Because he couldn’t wait, the man-child’s July 4 weekend kicks off today, Friday July 3, at the tranquil, sacred Native American grounds of the Black Hills with a pyrotechnics display in front of the 60-foot granite faces of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt. The president’s explosions will end the park’s 10-year ban on environmentally dangerous fireworks. After speaking to a mask-optional crowd of 7,500 in South Dakota, he will return to Washington, D.C., where he promises a “one-of-a-kind...
    President Trump will head to South Dakota Friday for an Independence Day celebration at Mount Rushmore, the first president to do so since George H.W. Bush in 1991. Then on Saturday, he’ll head back to Washington, D.C. for a celebration on the National Mall. Here’s what to know about the Fourth of July celebrations: Mt. Rushmore -- July 3 There will be fireworks Pyrotechnic displays at the National Park have been banned for the past decade due to concerns about wildfires and groundwater pollution, but the president has been pushing to bring them back. “What can burn? It’s stone,” Trump asked in January. The National Park Service told Forbes it has “robust, highly trained and skilled” fire response services at the ready and that an incident management team will ensure conditions are safe before making the final decision on the fireworks. There will be thousands of spectators There are 7,500 seats...
    Tribal leaders plan to protest President Trump's visit to Mount Rushmore on Friday. Members of the Sioux tribe have been warning the state of South Dakota and the Trump administration that fireworks should not be used above Mount Rushmore because it could cause forest fires or other pollution. Tribal leaders also say the region where Mount Rushmore is located, the Black Hills, is rightfully theirs and is sacred land. "It’s like if he tried to go and have a fireworks display celebrating independence at the Vatican," said James Bear Runner, the president of the Oglala Sioux tribe. The National Park Service has not allowed fireworks above Mount Rushmore for more than a decade due to concerns about wildfires and the contamination of drinking water supplies, according to the Washington Post. But after an Interior Department assessment determined there would be "no significant impact" from a fireworks event, South Dakota...
    When President Donald Trump speaks at the Mount Rushmore national memorial before the first fireworks show there in years, he’ll stand before a crowd of thousands of people who wont be required to socially distance or wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Friday nights event, with 7,500 tickets issued, will feature a patriotic display at a monument known as “the Shrine of Democracy" in a swath of country largely loyal to Trump. But it has also sparked controversy and concern. Public health experts say the lack of social distancing and enforced mask wearing could lead to a surge in the disease, while the fireworks risk setting the surrounding forest ablaze. Native American tribal leaders and activist groups have also spoken out against the memorial, saying it desecrates an area they consider sacred and that the mountains on which it is carved were wrongfully taken from them. Event organizers said this...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- When President Donald Trump speaks at the Mount Rushmore national memorial before the first fireworks show there in years, he'll stand before a crowd of thousands of people who won't be required to socially distance or wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic.Friday night's event, with 7,500 tickets issued, will feature a patriotic display at a monument known as "the Shrine of Democracy" in a swath of country largely loyal to Trump. But it has also sparked controversy and concern. Public health experts say the lack of social distancing and enforced mask wearing could lead to a surge in the disease, while the fireworks risk setting the surrounding forest ablaze.Native American tribal leaders and activist groups have also spoken out against the memorial, saying it desecrates an area they consider sacred and that the mountains on which it is carved were wrongfully taken from them.Event organizers said...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When President Donald Trump speaks at the Mount Rushmore national memorial before the first fireworks show there in years, he’ll stand before a crowd of thousands of people who won’t be required to socially distance or wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Friday night’s event, with 7,500 tickets issued, will feature a patriotic display at a monument known as “the Shrine of Democracy” in a swath of country largely loyal to Trump. But it has also sparked controversy and concern. Public health experts say the lack of social distancing and enforced mask wearing could lead to a surge in the disease, while the fireworks risk setting the surrounding forest ablaze. Native American tribal leaders and activist groups have also spoken out against the memorial, saying it desecrates an area they consider sacred and that the mountains on which it is carved were wrongfully taken from...
    The Democratic Party has apparently begun the process of attempting to dissociate American pride from Mount Rushmore. What are the details? On Monday, the Democratic Party's official Twitter account noted that forthcoming Independence Day celebrations on Friday at the South Dakota cliff is nothing short of "glorifying white supremacy." The monument features the visages of former Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt. Critics — including the Democratic Party, apparently — are slamming President Donald Trump, who will be speaking Friday at the longtime monument to American patriotism, for his disrespect for Indigenous people. "Trump has disrespected Native communities time and again," the Democratic Party's since-deleted tweet read. "He's attempted to limit their voting rights and blocked critical pandemic relief. Now he's holding a rally glorifying white supremacy at Mount Rushmore — a region once sacred to tribal...
    President Donald Trump’s planned visit to Mount Rushmore on July 3 takes on new meaning as leftist mobs topple historical monuments across the country. The president’s long-anticipated trip to one of America’s greatest national monuments has been in the works since he personally asked the Interior Department to restore the tradition of celebrating Independence Day at Mount Rushmore with fireworks. “Mount Rushmore will have tremendous fireworks like they had for many years,” Trump said in June 2019, previewing the 2020 event. Trump’s excitement for the event has been apparent, as every time he met South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem in recent months he spoke about personally attending the event. Last year, Noem petitioned Trump to help the fireworks show return to Mount Rushmore for Independence Day. “The excitement for the Mount Rushmore Fireworks celebration has been tremendous,” said Noem in a statement. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase our beautiful...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plans to kick off Independence Day with a showy display at Mount Rushmore are drawing sharp criticism from Native Americans who view the monument as a desecration of land violently stolen from them and used to pay homage to leaders hostile to native people. Several groups led by Native American activists are planning protests for Trump’s July 3 visit, part of Trump’s “comeback” campaign for a nation reeling from sickness, unemployment and, recently, social unrest. The event is slated to include fighter jets thundering over the 79-year-old stone monument in South Dakota’s Black Hills and the first fireworks display at the site since 2009. But it comes amid a national reckoning over racism and a reconsideration of the symbolism of monuments around the globe. Many Native American activists say the Rushmore memorial is as reprehensible as the many Confederate monuments being toppled...
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Organizers have scrapped plans to mandate social distancing during President Donald Trump’s appearance at a July 3 Mount Rushmore fireworks display and won’t limit the crowd due to coronavirus concerns, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Thursday. The Republican governor said the National Park Service is dolling out 7,500 tickets via lottery for the event, which marks the first time in a decade that fireworks will be set off at the memorial in recognition of Independence Day. “There will be no better place to celebrate our independence,” Noem said. “We are excited that President Trump will be joining us for this event.” Event organizers did not reduce the number of tickets due to the coronavirus pandemic, and Noem said she isn’t concerned an influx of tourists would heighten the risk. Coronavirus infections are on a downward trend in the state and hospitals are prepared...
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