Trump Derangement Syndrome eclipsed new heights Friday after the president delivered an unapologetically patriotic speech at the base of Mount Rushmore prompting an uproar from legacy media vilifying the address as a jingoistic screed from an American emperor espousing white supremacy.
“This monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defaced, their legacy will never be destroyed, their achievements will never be forgotten and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers fathers, and to our freedom,” Trump triumphantly declared at the foot of the mountain as the nation’s heritage sits under siege from the radical left targeting the four men enshrined on the monument.
Trump’s speech celebrated American greatness, paid tribute to its founders, shared tales of their heroism, and railed against the destructive cancel culture that runs antithetical to its values. The speech decried anarchic mobs launching a left-wing assault in a brand new 21st century cultural woke revolution seeking to destroy its history in a Marxist movement.
“Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our Founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash waves of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they’re doing this, but some know exactly why they are doing it,” Trump said. “They think the American people are strong and brave, and they will not allow our country, and all of its values, history and culture to be taken from them.”
Trump also spoke aspirationally of its future after issuing a passionate defense touting its unprecedented innovation with dreams that “one day very soon, we will plant our flag on Mars,” while supplying desperately needed imagery to a public that their president stands behind their country. The night ended with the first fireworks display at the iconic monument for the first time in a decade.
Legacy media infected with an increasingly severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome however, immediately perpetuated lies about the patriotic ceremony. Moments after the speech, the New York Times released a breaking news update characterizing Trump’s rhetoric as “dark and divisive.”
“With the coronavirus pandemic raging and his campaign faltering in the polls, his appearance amounted to a fiery reboot of his re-election effort, using the holiday and an official presidential address to mount a full-on culture war against a straw-man version of the left that he portrayed as inciting mayhem and moving the country toward totalitarianism,” wrote the Times, because it is Trump who is tearing down George Washington, defacing Abraham Lincoln, toppling Thomas Jefferson, and calling for the removal of Theodore Roosevelt in the 21st century cultural war.
The usual culprits followed suit. ABC News charged Trump with pushing “racial division,” even as the president announced an executive order to construct a new “National Garden of Heroes” honoring American icons like Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman.
Pres. Donald Trump pushes racial division, flouts virus rules at the foot of Mount Rushmore. https://t.co/xMXv7fLaXN
— ABC News (@ABC) July 4, 2020
At the Washington Post, the paper where Democracy dies in darkness, reporters joined the corporate media chorus chastising a speech on American exceptionalism as one that “exploits social division” which seeks to “amplify racism.”
At Mount Rushmore, Trump exploits social divisions, warns of ‘left-wing cultural revolution’ in dark speech ahead of Independence Day. https://t.co/kXEOf8tcnI
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 4, 2020
President Trump’s unyielding push to preserve Confederate symbols and the legacy of white domination was crystallized by his harsh denunciation of the racial justice movement Friday night at Mount Rushmore.
My latest report w/ @PhilipRucker https://t.co/rRox4Xin5Y
— Robert Costa (@costareports) July 4, 2020
CNN’s Chris Cilizza meanwhile, claimed to be completely oblivious to left-wing attempts to blow up Mount Rushmore, a proposal endorsed by 44 percent of self-identifying liberals and supported by the Democratic Party as not such an insane idea.
“Uh, was there some sort of movement to tear down Mount Rushmore I was unaware of or….?” Cilizza wrote in a piece titled “The 28 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech” singling out Trump’s pledge to protect the monument.
Haven’t seen this much gaslighting since Victorian-era London. pic.twitter.com/K48nGYhEJY
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) July 4, 2020
Even as each story above reads the subjective opinions of its writers, every story presented here is advertised to readers as straight news put forward by allegedly objective truth-seekers in the noble name of journalism.
While purportedly objective reporters leap to criticize Trump’s Independence Day remarks, Federalist Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway noted it reveals “an unquestionable sign of its quality and success if they are all-hands-on-deck lying about it.”
Republicans ought to be extremely happy with how much that speech has left the entire media complex apoplectic with rage and resorting to 100% lying about it. An unquestionable sign of its quality and success if they are all-hands-on-deck lying about it.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 4, 2020