With more and more Americans dissatisfied with the current state of affairs, President Trump scrambled to deliver uplifting remarks over the holiday weekend.
In a 29-minute speech as part of the 2020 Salute to America program, Trump said the “radical left” would be defeated.
“We will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children or trample on our freedoms,” Trump declared from the White House south lawn.
Protesters in some cities have destroyed and vandalized public and private property. In Portland, Oregon a statue of George Washington was toppled to the ground. Trump described protesters as “Marxists, anarchists, agitators, and looters,” and for good measure added, “people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing.”
Several statues glorifying Southern soldiers have come under attack by protesters and many have been removed by cities — including Jacksonville, Florida.
“Imagine, for a moment, having a president more concerned with defeating this virus than protecting Confederate statues,” tweeted former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Monday.
Buttigieg, the 38-year-old married gay man, was part of a large candidate field for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination. Next month, in Wisconsin, the party comes together to nominate former Vice President Joe Biden as the one to take down Trump.
“We’re going to beat Donald Trump,” tweeted Biden. “And when we do, we won’t just rebuild this nation — we’ll transform it.”
Meanwhile, there are now more than 2.8 million COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and nearly 130,000 deaths. Last week, Florida Representative Shevrin Jones disclosed he had tested positive for the virus, saying in a video diary “what’s going on in my body is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.”
Jones has asked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to issue a mandatory mask order. Florida has 197,076 cases and 3,731 deaths.