Trump’s Tribute To Hatred & Divisiveness

What follows is a transcript of the 45-minute speech that Donald Trump gave yesterday evening at a very expensive ceremony at Mount Rushmore.  It is long, some 3,671 words, but I hope you will take the time to at least read the highlighted portions.  My commentary will follow later today, or more likely tomorrow. I have numbered the paragraphs for easy reference.


#1 – Well, thank you very much. Governor Noem, Secretary Bernhardt, we very much appreciate it. Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and a very special hello to South Dakota. As we begin this 4th of July weekend, the First Lady and I would wish each and every one of you a very, very happy Independence Day. Thank you.

#2 – Let us show our appreciation to the South Dakota Army and Air National Guard and the Air Force for inspiring us with that magnificent display of American air power, and of course our gratitude as always to the legendary and very talented Blue Angels. Thank you very much. Let us also send you our deepest thanks to our wonderful veterans, law enforcement, first responders, and the doctors, nurses, and scientists working tirelessly to kill the virus. They are working hard. I want to thank them very, very much. We’re grateful as well to your state’s congressional delegation. Senator John Thune. John, thank you very much. Senator Mike Rounds. Thank you, Mike. And Dusty Johnson, Congressman. Hi, Dusty. Thank you. And all others with us tonight from Congress, thank you very much for coming. We appreciate it.

#3 – There could be no better place to celebrate America’s independence than beneath this magnificent, incredible majestic mountain and monument to the greatest Americans who have ever lived. Today we pay tribute to the exceptional lives and extraordinary legacies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt. I am here as your president to proclaim before the country and before the world, this monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defamed, their legacy will never ever be destroyed, their achievements will never be forgotten, and Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers and to our freedom.

#4 – We gather tonight to herald the most important day in the history of nations, July 4th, 1776. At those words, every American heart should swell with pride, every American family should cheer with delight, and every American patriot should be filled with joy because each of you lives in the most magnificent country in the history of the world and it will soon be greater than ever before.

#5 – Our founders launched not only a revolution in government, but a revolution in the pursuit of justice, equality, liberty, and prosperity. No nation has done more to advance the human condition than the United States of America and no people have done more to promote human progress than the citizens of our great nation. It was all made possible by the courage of 56 patriots who gathered in Philadelphia 244 years ago and signed the Declaration of Independence. They enshrined a divine truth that changed the world forever when they said, “All men are created equal.” These immortal words set in motion the unstoppable march of freedom. Our founders boldly declared that we are all endowed with the same divine rights, given us by our Creator in Heaven, and that which God has given us, we will allow no one ever to take away ever.

#6 – 1776 represented the culmination of thousands of years of Western civilization and the triumph of not only spirit, but of wisdom, philosophy, and reason. And yet, as we meet here tonight, there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for, struggled, they bled to secure. Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children. Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities. Many of these people have no idea why they’re doing this, but some know what they are doing. They think the American people are weak and soft and submissive, but no, the American people are strong and proud and they will not allow our country and all of its values, history, and culture to be taken from them.

#7 – One of their political weapons is cancel culture, driving people from their jobs, shaming dissenters, and demanding total submission from anyone who disagrees. This is the very definition of totalitarianism, and it is completely alien to our culture and to our values and it has absolutely no place in the United States of America.

#8 – This attack on our liberty, our magnificent liberty must be stopped, and it will be stopped very quickly. We will expose this dangerous movement, protect our nation’s children from this radical assault, and preserve our beloved American way of life. In our schools, our newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us.

#9 – Make no mistake. This left-wing cultural revolution is designed to overthrow the American Revolution. In so doing they would destroy the very civilization that rescued billions from poverty, disease, violence, and hunger, and that lifted humanity to new heights of achievement, discovery, and progress. To make this possible, they are determined to tear down every statue, symbol, and memory of our national heritage.

– Memory of our national heritage.

#10 – True. That’s very true actually. That is why I am deploying federal law enforcement to protect our monuments, arrest the rioters, and prosecutors offenders to the fullest extent of the law.

Thank you.

#11 – I am pleased to report that yesterday, federal agents arrested the suspected ringleader of the attack on the statue of the great Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C., and in addition, hundreds more have been arrested. Under the executive order I signed last week pertaining to the Veterans Memorial Preservation Memorial and Recognition Act and other laws, people who damage or deface federal statues or monuments will get a minimum of 10 years in prison and obviously that includes our beautiful Mount Rushmore.

#12 – Our people have a great memory. They will never forget the destruction of statues and monuments to George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, abolitionists and many others. The violent mayhem we have seen in the streets and cities that are run by liberal Democrats in every case is the predictable result of years of extreme indoctrination and bias in education, journalism, and other cultural institutions. Against every law of society and nature, our children are taught in school to hate their own country and to believe that the men and women who built it were not heroes but that were villains. The radical view of American history is a web of lies, all perspective is removed, every virtue is obscured, every motive is twisted, every fact is distorted and every flaw is magnified until the history is purged and the record is disfigured beyond all recognition. This movement is openly attacking the legacies of every person on Mount Rushmore. They defiled the memory of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt. Today we will set history and history’s record straight.

#13 – Before these figures were immortalized in stone, they were American giants in full flesh and blood, gallant men, whose intrepid deeds unleashed the greatest leap of human advancement the world has ever known. Tonight I will tell you and most importantly the youth of our nation the true stories of these great, great men. From head to toe George Washington represented the strength, grace, and dignity of the American people. From a small volunteer force of citizen farmers, he created the Continental Army out of nothing and rallied them to stand against the most powerful military on earth. Through eight long years, through the brutal winter at Valley Forge, through setback after setback on the field of battle, he led those patriots to ultimate triumph. When the army had dwindled to a few thousand men at Christmas of 1776, when defeat seemed absolutely certain, he took what remained of his forces on a daring nighttime crossing of the Delaware River. They marched through nine miles of frigid darkness, many without boots on their feet, leaving a trail of blood in the snow. In the morning, they seized victory at Trenton after forcing the surrender of the most powerful empire on the planet at Yorktown, General Washington did not claim power but simply returned to Mount Vernon as a private citizen.

#14 – When called upon again, he presided over the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and was unanimously elected our first president. When he stepped down after two terms, his former adversary, King George called him the greatest man of the age. He remains first in our hearts to this day, for as long as Americans love this land, we will honor and cherish the father of our country, George Washington. He will never be removed, abolished, and most of all, he will never be forgotten. Thomas Jefferson, the great Thomas Jefferson, was 33 years old when he traveled north to Pennsylvania and brilliantly authored one of the greatest treasures of human history, the Declaration of Independence. He also drafted Virginia’s constitution and conceived and wrote the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, a model for our cherished First Amendment. After serving as the first Secretary of State, and then Vice President, he was elected to the presidency. He ordered American warriors to crush Barbary pirates. He doubled the size of our nation with the Louisiana Purchase and he sent the famous explorers Lewis and Clark into the west on a daring expedition to the Pacific Ocean. He was an architect, an inventor, a diplomat, a scholar, the founder of one of the world’s great universities and an ardent defender of liberty. Americans will forever admire the author of American freedom, Thomas Jefferson, and he too will never, ever be abandoned by us.

#15 – Abraham Lincoln, the savior of our union, was a self-taught country lawyer who grew up in a log cabin on the American frontier. The first Republican president, he rose to high office from obscurity based on a force and clarity of his anti-slavery convictions. Very, very strong convictions. He signed the law that built the Trans-Continental Railroad. He signed the Homestead Act given to some incredible scholars as simply defined ordinary citizens free land to settle anywhere in the American West, and he led the country through the darkest hours of American history, giving every ounce of strength that he had to ensure that government of the people, by the people and for the people did not perish from this earth. He served as commander in chief of the U.S. Armed Forces during our bloodiest war, the struggle that saved our union and extinguished the evil of slavery. Over 600,000 died in that war, more than 20, 000 were killed or wounded in a single day in Antietam. At Gettysburg 157 years ago, the Union bravely withstood an assault of nearly 15,000 men and threw back Pickett’s Charge. Lincoln won the Civil War. He issued the Emancipation Proclamation. He led the passage of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery for all-time and ultimately his determination to preserve our nation and our union cost him his life. For as long as we live, Americans will uphold and revere the immortal memory of President Abraham Lincoln.

#16 – Theodore Roosevelt exemplified the unbridled confidence of our national culture and identity. He saw the towering grandeur of America’s mission in the world and he pursued it with – in the world and he pursued it with overwhelming energy and zeal. As a Lieutenant Colonel during the Spanish-American War, he led the famous Rough Riders to defeat the enemy at San Juan Hill. He cleaned up corruption as police commissioner of New York City, then served as the Governor of New York, Vice President, and at 42 years old, became the youngest ever President of the United States.

#17 – He sent our great new naval fleet around the globe to announce America’s arrival as a world power. He gave us many of our national parks, including the Grand Canyon. He oversaw the construction of the awe-inspiring Panama Canal and he is the only person ever awarded both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was American freedom personified in full. The American people will never relinquish the bold, beautiful and untamed spirit of Theodore Roosevelt.

#18 – No movement that seeks to dismantle these treasured American legacies can possibly have a love of America at its heart. Can’t happen. No person who remains quiet at the destruction of this resplendent heritage can possibly lead us to a better future. The radical ideology attacking our country advances under the banner of social justice, but in truth, it would demolish both justice and society. It would transform justice into an instrument of division and vengeance and it would turn our free and inclusive society into a place of a repression, domination, and exclusion. They want to silence us, but we will not be silenced.

Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you very much.

#19 – We will state the truth in full without apology. We declare that the United States of America is the most just and exceptional nation ever to exist on earth. We are proud of the fact that our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles and we understand that these values have dramatically advanced the cause of peace and justice throughout the world. We know that the American family is the bedrock of American life. We recognize the solemn right and moral duty of every nation to secure its borders and we are building the wall. We remember that governments exist to protect the safety and happiness of their own people. A nation must care for its own citizens first. We must take care of America first. It’s time. We believe in equal opportunity, equal justice, and equal treatment for citizens of every race, background, religion and creed. Every child of every color, born and unborn, is made in the holy image of God.

#20 – We want free and open debate, not speech codes and cancel culture. We embrace tolerance, not prejudice. We support the courageous men and women of law enforcement. We will never abolish our police or our great Second Amendment which gives us the right to keep and bear arms. We believe that our children should be taught to love their country, honor their history, and respect our great American flag. We stand tall, we stand proud, and we only kneel to Almighty God. This is who we are. This is what we believe and these are the values that will guide us as we strive to build an even better and greater future. Those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny. In toppling the heroes of 1776, they seek to dissolve the bonds of love and loyalty that we feel for our country and that we feel for each other. Their goal is not a better America, their goal is to end America.

#21 – In its place, they want power for themselves, but just as patriots did in centuries past, the American people will stand in their way and we will win and win quickly and with great dignity. We will never let them rip America’s heroes from our monuments or from our hearts. By tearing down Washington and Jefferson, these radicals would tear down the very heritage for which men gave their lives to win the Civil War, they would erase the memory that inspired those soldiers to go to their deaths, singing these words of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, “As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, while God is marching on.” They would tear down the principles that propelled the abolition of slavery and ultimately around the world ending an evil institution that had plagued humanity for thousands and thousands of years. Our opponents would tear apart the very documents that Martin Luther King used to express his dream and the ideas that were the foundation of the righteous movement for Civil Rights. They would tear down the beliefs, culture and identity, that have made America the most vibrant and tolerant society in the history of the earth. My fellow Americans, it is time to speak up loudly and strongly and powerfully and defend the integrity of our country.

#22 – It is time for our politicians to summon the bravery and determination of our American ancestors. It is time. It is time to plant our flag and to protect the greatest of this nation for citizens of every race in every city in every part of this glorious land. For the sake of our honor, for the sake of our children, for the sake of our union, we must protect and preserve our history, our heritage, and our great heroes. Here tonight before the eyes of our forefathers, Americans declare again, as we did 244 years ago, that we will not be tyrannized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people. It will not happen.

#23 – We will proclaim the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and we will never surrender the spirit and the courage and the cause of July 4, 1776. Upon this ground, we will stand firm and unwavering. In the face of lies meant to divide us, demoralize us and diminish us, we will show that the story of America unites us and –

#24 – We will show that the story of America unites us, inspires us, includes us all, and makes everyone free. We must demand that our children are taught once again to see America as did Reverend Martin Luther King when he said that the founders had signed a promissory note to every future generation. Dr. King saw that the mission of justice required us to fully embrace our founding ideals. Those ideals are so important to us, the founding ideals.

#25 – He called on his fellow citizens not to rip down their heritage, but to live up to their heritage. Above all, our children from every community must be taught that to be American is to inherit the spirit of the most adventurous and confident people ever to walk the face of the Earth. Americans are the people who pursued our Manifest Destiny across the ocean, into the uncharted wilderness, over the tallest mountains, and then into the skies, and even into the stars.

#26 – We are the country of Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, and Frederick Douglas. We are the land of Wild Bill Hickock and Buffalo Bill Cody. We are the nation that gave rise to the Wright brothers, the Tuskegee airmen, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Jesse Owens, George Patton, General George Patton, the great Louis Armstrong, Alan Shepard, Elvis Presley, and Muhammad Ali, and only America could have produced them all. No other place.

#27 – We are the culture that put up the Hoover Dam, laid down the highways, and sculpted the skyline of Manhattan. We are the people who dreamed the spectacular dream, it was called Las Vegas in the Nevada desert, who built up Miami from the Florida marsh, and who carved our heroes into the face of Mount Rushmore. Americans harnessed electricity, split the atom, and gave the world the telephone and the internet. We settled the Wild West, won two World Wars, landed American astronauts on the moon.

#28 – And one day very soon, we will plant our flag on Mars. We gave the world the poetry of Walt Whitman, the stories of Mark Twain, the songs of Irving Berlin, the voice of Ella Fitzgerald, the style of Frank Sinatra, the comedy of Bob Hope, the power of the Saturn V rocket, the toughness of the Ford F150, and the awesome might of the American aircraft carriers.

#29 – Americans must never lose sight of this miraculous story. We should never lose sight of it. Nobody has ever done it like we have done it. So today, under the authority vested in me as President of the United States, I am announcing the creation of a new monument to the giants of our past. I am signing an executive order to establish the National Guard of American heroes, a vast outdoor park that will feature the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live.

#30 – From this night, and from this magnificent place, let us go forward united in our purpose and rededicated in our resolve. We will raise the next generation of American patriots. We will write the next thrilling chapter of the American adventure. And we will teach our children to know that they live in a land of legends, that nothing can stop them, and that no one can hold them down. They will know that, in America, you can do anything, you can be anything, and together, we can achieve anything.

#31 – Uplifted by the titans of Mount Rushmore, we will find unity that no one expected. We will make strides that no one thought possible. This country will be everything that our citizens have hoped for for so many years, and that our enemies fear, because we will never forget that the American freedom exists for American greatness. And that’s what we have, American greatness. Centuries from now, our legacy will be the cities we built, the champions we forged, the good that we did, and the monuments we created to inspire us all. My fellow citizens, America’s destiny is in our sights. America’s heroes are embedded in our hearts. America’s future is in our hands. And ladies and gentlemen, the best is yet to come. This has been a great honor for the First Lady and myself to be with you. I love your state. I love this country. I’d like to wish everybody a very happy Fourth of July to all. God bless you. God bless your families. God bless our great military, and God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you.

74 thoughts on “Trump’s Tribute To Hatred & Divisiveness

    • A country, like a person, earns respect. Love? I don’t think one ‘loves’ a country, but respects it … or not … based on how the people are treated. In this, the United States has failed miserably.

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      • Not true!

        Sure, there are problems over the treatment of some people and this has always been the case in every country. Most Americans, for example, have no clue that the slave trade to the US and Caribbean accounted for well under half of all the slave trade out of Africa. Do you hear a peep about the other half of the trade and see other countries that benefited from this trade writhe in self disgust? Why only the US?

        There is a reason why the US is one of the most sought after countries to immigrate to – especially by ‘people of color’. Your take on the country – as if the country has failed miserably in its treatment of all citizens who are people of color – does not align with reality. You are believing it has failed because you believe what you are told by those who claim it has… without comparing and contrasting fairly this claim. And so you miss the fact that the US treats its citizens far better than most… not because it’s the US but because its Constitution grants to the individual protection of rights and freedoms in law (not always upheld, granted, but wide open to judicial appeal that evolves the principled direction). This does not suggest vast improvements are not needed (universal healthcare is a long term battle that will happen because it must happen) but to state unequivocally that the country has failed throws the baby out with the bathwater and suggests a complete overhaul is needed. This is not true. This is a very dangerous assumption and one worthy of criticism.

        Out of any country in the world, the US is quite capable and demonstrably so of reinventing itself in the direction of improved welfare of its citizenry – including people of color – without having to go through violent revolutions. Just look at how much changed in the country between, say, 1945 and 1975 or 1925 to 1945. These are completely different countries before and after and the citizenship as a whole – including people of color – was raised in almost every category that measures human welfare. Sure, not fast enough, not comprehensive enough, not directed to the most in need… all legitimate criticisms… but we forget that such massive change is not an event, not a vote, not a ruling, but a widespread evolution over time. That’s why no one pays any attention to the remarkable change that has evolved if your doctor is a person of color or your boss is a woman or your favourite sports star is gay. Nobody cares about these ‘identity’ differences.

        THAT is how much has changed in far less than a century and the change is both dramatic yet met almost by indifference. That’s not a ‘failure’ by any stretch of the imagination but a demonstration that the country has solid roots in the Constitution no matter how much or in what way storms affect its branches. What’s different about today is that a vast number of citizens no longer care at all about the health of the tree, these roots that allow for such dramatic changes in the pursuit of a more perfect union but are feeling virtuous about helping to tear up these roots thinking the tree must be close to death because some people believe the country is the worst thing ever.

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          • I cannot get over how vilified the US is by those who should know better. It’s often worse, I have found, than by people from hostile countries!

            Of course the US has many faults as a country and many citizens who are really awful people… some of who rise to power. But then they go. And one of the reasons they go, the reasons why the country changes and evolves over time in a progressive direction (until now) enabling a rate of social progression that is measurable, is because there’s something fundamentally different about the US than almost every other great power and one to which the world owes a significant amount of thanks as so many countries absorb the principles upon which the US was built and remake themselves. That’s how Western liberal democracies have come into being… through the US!
            Yet this knowledge is rarely used by those who should know better when they fail to compare and contrast fairly yet are so determined to condemn the whole.

            I like to use an analogy to reveal the problem: it’s difficult for a fish to to grasp the question, “How’s the water?” People swim in the principles of rights and freedoms and individual autonomy that their racist and misogynist and bigoted Founders created for them. They haven’t earned these as their grandparents did in WWII, never having to fight to keep them, so they don’t grasp the tremendous debt owed or the responsibility inherited to pass them along to the next generation intact, not realizing the water in which they swim to be able to criticize almost anything about their country (save today’s Woken ideology in action) and not get shot for it, not have property confiscated, not have their families erased and/or moved to a concentration or labour camp to toil away until they die. The actual history of the US is one of overall benefit not just to its own citizens but to humanity as a whole. It remains an experiment not yet completed and so what is failing here is this generation of citizens TO the nation’s founding principles. And they are letting this water they take for granted slip between their fingers thinking well of themselves for giving in to a totalitarian ideology in the name of tolerance and respect and virtue and purity and diversity and equity and inclusion and all the things this ideology is will not, cannot, and never shall be able to deliver… all the while assuming they act on principle that contains a ‘higher’ virtue than the messy business of liberty and equality, rights, freedoms, and responsibilities to the nation.

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          • I once thought this was among, say, the top 5-10 countries on the planet to live in. I no longer do. Today, we have no honour, we are no longer trusted nor respected by our allies, and we are letting every person on the globe down with our disregard for the environment.

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              • Nope, that’s where you’re wrong. You’re judging me and my motives, and you’re far off base. I have no goal of spreading ‘disinformation’ or distracting people’s minds. I call ’em like I see ’em, and I see this nation on a downhill path toward becoming a third-world-type nation. If Trump is re-elected, I honestly believe that by the end of 2021 we will be living in a dictatorship. I have no hidden agendas, I only state my own opinion based on what I am seeing, and based on the history that I’ve spent many years studying.

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              • P.S. I have removed your 3,000+ word comment. For one thing, you did not ask if it was okay for you to post your own blog post on my blog. For another, I don’t accept such lengthy comments … 3,603 words is longer than any post I have ever written, and is certainly far too lengthy for a comment. Thank you.

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      • Again, as above. I listen and I understand based upon my own walk, observations, research, and realizations. The one’s who don’t see are usually the one’s who don’t understand, are angry, and yet don’t know why they’re angry, but what they “believe” fuels their anger which they like. Can’t talk with a person until they’re calm and listening, ready to have a real conversation. Targeting is a tool that’s been all to familiar, partly because many people never learned how to dialogue, how to debate, how to look to real information as it stands, and care not for who believes but letting the information stand for itself. Then, the real seekers will see it. That’s all anyone can do, then go about their lives living as they understand.

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      • The response tells me no one is at home listening. Part of dialogue, real dialogue, is for each person to truly be seeking without an agenda for their own party. I belong to no party. I follow understanding. If you are truly searching, you will find for yourself.

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        • I asked you a legitimate, honest question. I found very little ‘truth’ in Trump’s speech, yet you said it was mostly the truth. So, in the interest of civil discourse, real dialogue, I asked you to name one thing that you found truthful in the speech. You either couldn’t, or else chose to use it as an excuse to critique my own intelligence. I tried.

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          • You have to find for yourself. You see, I had already gotten and education, researched, learned about our history, read the Constitution, and more, long before our president’s speech. Many in the audience as well. I already knew the foundations of this country, know what has benefitted the people, so when he spoke, he was saying what we had already known for ourselves. To those who honestly do their own research, seriously wanting to understand, they will see for themselves. For those who’ve bought into propaganda, I can’t do anything or say anything to change their minds, for they’re already set against. But I’m not looking to win. Only letting readers read all of this so they can find for themselves. Just being a voice of reason. Let others decide. For this country was founded upon those who won’t follow without understanding.

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            • I have long studied both history and Constitutional law, so I am not quite as ignorant as you seem to believe me to be. I, too, know of the foundations of this nation, know about the debates among the founders during the drafting of the Constitution, and have earned both an MA in Political Science and a Ph.D. in International Relations, so please stop talking down to me as if I had only a high school education and didn’t know how to read. The propaganda is what comes from Trump and his cronies … one example is Trump’s handling of the pandemic this year. How many lies did he tell about it being a ‘democratic hoax’, or that there were only 15 cases and soon there would be none? Now we have over 134,000 deaths from the virus and the highest number of cases globally, though we have less than 5% of the global population. Even today, he ignores the death toll, ignores the fact that the virus is spiking with over 50,000 new cases every day. How is that not propaganda? You and I are each entitled to our opinion, but facts are facts and our opinions need to be based on facts in order to be respected.

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    • I understand, my friend. You can’t … and yet … you must. We need everyone with a conscience and a brain to stay focused and help take the first step in healing this nation, which is to remove the madman from office. That is only the first step, for he is a symptom of a much larger problem. Sigh. Hang in, please, dear friend. I need you!

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      • 💞 … I know I have to! But at times … worn out! Seems he’s untouchable!! I couldn’t bear 4 more years! The virus is rampant … that’s what hurts most! And so much more … TY!! 💞

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        • Oh, I know the feeling well, dear friend. I will not bear another four years … made that decision long ago. But, that’s why I’m fighting so hard to make sure he is ousted! It’s hard, Horty, to keep going in this environment. Many days I’ve considered quitting this blog and instead writing the “great American novel”, but … I just can’t. Love you sweet friend! 💝

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    Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me, Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. Me. ME. ME. ME!
    (And repeat 10 times)
    Are you sure you got the right one?

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  2. Jill, simply put the speaker is divisive person using divisive words to divide Americans and harm our allies. The four faces on the mountain looked down on the diminutive speaker with disdain and the proportionate magnitude in size of their relative impacts. In the speech you highlighted, if you take the first five pieces, skip over the middle accusational and indictment portion and conclude with some of the paragraphs, the speech is not bad. It is just that stuff in the middle that makes him look small. Keith

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  3. Trump couldn’t have written that speech himself. It was most likely Steven Miller. From what I’ve heard, Trump doesn’t know beans about our history as he hardly ever reads. What does he or Miller want to start, another Civil War? The Native Americans wouldn’t agree on the greatness of Andrew Jackson. What a bunch of baloney. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • No, I’m sure several people wrote it … some with good sense wrote the first 5 paragraphs, and perhaps Stephen Miller wrote the rest of this hateful diatribe. I think that, short of finding a way to convince us all to acquiesce to his will, he would be quite happy to turn republicans into vigilantes against liberal thinkers. Yes, it is baloney, but we must find a way to throw the baloney down the garbage disposer where it belongs.

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    • Remember who’s saying it … not known for any deep thinking or intellect, but he believes that being liked and being tough are what matters. Only thing … he defines ‘tough’ much differently than I do. But, he wasn’t speaking to you or me … he was speaking only to his under-educated, lapdog-loyal base, trying to rile them just as he did in 2016 when he told them Mexicans were rapists coming to take their jobs and kill them, and Muslims were all terrorists. He instills fear, then promises to be ‘tough’ and fix the imaginary problems.

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  5. I just can’t get past the ‘great’ hypocrisy. The great lies, the great extent to which he spews outright inaccurate information as though he is a great expert. “..That has plagued Western civilization for thousands of years”? You mean the neanderthals left such detailed history about slavery, injustice and moral impunity? This great speech has greatly distressed my day of feeling embarrassment for those of us who truly do love the land where we live and greatly wish all that has occurred over the last four years was just a great big bad dream.

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    • I know, but worse yet is the fact that his base of followers will eat up every word of this, will believe exactly what he tells them! That’s really the bigger problem. Yes, I’ve spent more than three years wishing to find this was all just a horrible nightmare, but … sigh … I’ve finally concluded that nope, this is reality. Sigh.

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        • I read that he was floating the idea. Don’t worry … he stands about as much chance as a gnat. Well, that’s what I said about Trump in 2016, too. But see … he’s talking about running as an independent, which means he stands zero chance right out of the gate. The democrats won’t have him because he has cozied up to Trump, and the republicans won’t have him simply because he’s black. So, just laugh at that one.

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    • Exactly. He was speaking only to his 40% base where he can instill fear that the big, bad democrats/liberals are coming to take their rights, brainwash their children, and worst of all, take their beloved guns! It’s the same trick he used in 2016 when he instilled the fear of Muslims and of Mexican immigrants … told them that the Muslims were all terrorists, even the children, and that the Mexicans were all murderers and rapists who were coming to take their jobs and kill them. It worked … the ignorant in this country bought it and voted for him. Will it work again? Given some of the comments I’ve seen on Facebook and Twitter … possibly. The ignorant have no educated themselves in the last 4 years. Sigh.

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  6. What a windbag. I don’t know how well he orchestrated his his little campaign of American Patriotism.There were many great Patriots mentioned and even the names of a few black people thrown into the mix which is quite surprising coming from a man who is a bigot running a party which is still prejudiced and would be happy to see slavery back in the mix.However he presents himself during this last few months until the electiom, We’ve all had a good long look at the man he really is and it says much for Ameriicans that none would likke too see another 4 years of TRUMP.
    Cwtch

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    • Yes, I noticed that he threw in a few ‘token blacks’, including Frederick Douglass, who a few years ago Trump believed was still living. 🙄
      For 45 minutes he stood on a stage and poured gasoline on the flames of discontent already at an all time high in this nation.

      I think that he is incapable of acting like a decent human being, so likely he will continue to act like a pig all the way up until election day. But still, just as he did 4 years ago, if he can keep instilling fear in his base, they will stick by him through it all. Sigh.
      Cwtch

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  7. I have said and will reiterate that the greatest gift anyone can give to Trump to help him in his quest for a second term is this Woke ideology in action. This is the uncritical Left’s gift to give and look how Trump can use it to reflect poorly on the entire democratic political wing of liberalism.

    The real battle is for the centrist voter and the Woke ideology in action is squarely against not just him or her in ideology but incompatible with the very values upon which western liberal secular democracy is built. Woke ideology is destructive, divisive, and dismissive. It builds nothing but walls and an intolerance through cancel culture and virtue signalling that cannot be reasonably argued. It demands ever-increasing self censorship against thought crime, reality, and wholesale acceptance or character vilification. To think for one second Trump is not going to use this opportunity in his speeches/pseudo-rallies to offer himself as the only alternative is head-up-the-ass idiocy. The vast majority of people are ENABLING a Trump reelection by going along with the Woke lunacy.

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    • While I have heard the term “Woke”, I presumed this was just another of the cutesy catchphrases somebody had made up and it caught on, but never took the time to figure out exactly what they meant. I must admit, I will need to learn the meaning of “woke ideoloty” before I can understand your comment! I will try to do so later today and return with a more sensible answer! Thank you!

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      • I know most people not inundated by right wing media haven’t any real clue what’s going on here and cannot wrap their heads around the idea that the Trump Administration is anything but a nightmare or that anyone with a shred of morality or ethics could ever support him. I’m here to say that, for the same reason people brought Trump into power the first time, the reason is the same why he remains a viable candidate not for terrible people but a vast swath of undecided voters. It’s not FOR anything Trump says or does. It’s because he’s the only alternative to a danger that many people know – and I use that term ‘know’ quite intentionally – is even worse. THAT is what I’m trying to explain, what the THAT actually is, and where the THAT resides, and what people of good intentions are helping to promote… making THAT ever more apparent and threatening.

        The THAT I’m referring to comes from the political Left, and its generic term is the Woke. What it is, what it means, what it does, and why it’s far worse than anything Trump has on offer is there for the understanding but there are few takers who assume it’s trivial but scratch their collective heads how so many Americans could vote for Trump the first time.

        I have been railing against this Woke movement for over 30 years now and telling anyone who would listen how it comes to power, what it does when it achieves power, what the inevitable results will be, and why this should be steadfastly rejected by anyone who calls themselves a patriot to any country that allows the law to uphold individual rights and freedoms. This movement undermines everything from the Enlightenment and demands obedience. If you’ve encountered it, you will recognize it.

        For a terrific explanation, Joe Rogan had a 3 hour conversation with one the leading experts about the Woke movement, James Lindsay. The link is here. It is a dive into Wokeness 101, and the discussion covers much that everyone should know but does not. (Almost anyone in Academia knows exactly what’s going on here.) It will leave you quite shaken about how we have been used, our care and concern and compassion has been high jacked into promoting an ideology very few of us might actually support. And this is what the THAT is so many voters grasp when they think of today’s oblivious Left in their mad rush towards 1984 and the perfect disaster that is Trump.

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  8. The history he is extolling is nothing to be proud of., especially the Confederates who wanted to overthrow the government to continue keeping their slaves. America is a racist country and will only reach its aspirational best if and when white people acknowledge the hypocritical coverup of its history. Denounce the Lost Cause revisionist excuse for Jim Crowism and the bullshit pedestals upon which rapists, thieves, and slave-traders, are perched. There is no honor to admire and uphold there!

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    • I fully agree. His entire speech was designed for one thing and only one thing: to rile his base, to convince them that the liberal thinkers in this country are evil and are trying to take away their rights and ‘values’, such as they are. There is no honour at all, and to me, this Independence Day held no reason for celebration.

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  9. Jill, there wasn’t a hateful or devisive word in that speech. I read your blog entry and heard the actual speech. Your title is a way to plant those characteristics you attribute to him in the minds of your readers before they even have a chance to read the words.
    Now, I don’t agree with precisely what he said about Lincoln because he conveniently left out documentation that Lincoln did not, in fact, deem all men equal but that’s not hateful.
    Your bias is more evident than ever and that’s okay, it’s your blog. I just take issue with the title and that’s okay too.

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    • And your inability to read between the lines is oppressive to half of the American people, Scott. This speech is so full of irony it tries to overwhelm the intellect of intelligent people everywhere. Donald J. Trump, Esquire, looks at what he is doing, and accuses the left of every crime he knows he commits. It is sleight of speech, blame everything on his opposition, so that no one will notice he is extolling what he sees as his virtues, but are really his arrogant and self-serving lies.
      Trump does not care one whit about anyone but himself, and his progeny. When he says “all men” he means “all white men,” not even all white women, and poor people don’t count as white, even if they are. Wealth is his only measuring stick, and if you don’t meet his standards, you aren’t worthy of his notice.
      He says he believes in religious freedom, then turns around and says that Christianity is the only religion that should be allowed in America. He states the left are trying to destroy Evangelicism, brainwash the kids, and he believes anyone who doesn’t love HIS America is the enemy of the people.
      This speech is divisive in just about every word and phrase. It does nothing to bring all people together. He is the president of the United States, he should care about everyone. But he doesn’t know how, nor does he want to learn.

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      • You set him straight, Joll, but I can’t help but wonder where these people come from? Will tgey continue to vote against their own self-interest? If so, American democracy will be a thing of the past!

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        • This isn’t exactly against sklawlor’s self interest, as he is a successful composer. However, most of what Trump does is against the interests of most Americans. The idea is to help conservative thinkers reconsider what Trump has to say to and about those who care about others before themselves. I am not trying to insult skl, but to inspire him. We need every voice we can right now to change the world, and being a composer he has the opportunity to help create that change. I would prefer to have him as an ally, rather than an enemy.

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          • Everything Trump does is against the interests of all but the most privileged in this country. Worse yet, much of what he does is against the interests of our allies and the rest of the world! But, you’ll find that his base could care less about the rest of the world. They have been brainwashed to believe that globalism is a horrible evil and that the U.S. needs no other nation, but can stand alone. Boy are they in for a rude awakening, eh?

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            • Well, Covid-19 is falling right into place for him. Nobody wants to let Americans cross their borders. He can isolate your whole nation from the world, but consumers will certainly balk when they lose access to the good things that come from other countries. Just curious, but you don’t grow coffee beans down there do you? There will be riots like those never seen before if white people don’t get their morning coffee. Ack!

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              • Nah, need a much different climate for coffee beans. We also don’t do so well with numerous other things, like pineapple, coconut, etc. Perhaps I better order a double supply of coffee this month, eh? And a few cans of pineapple … oh wait, we grow that in Hawaii. Just coffee, then.

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        • Well, Trump’s hardcore base come from … the very group of people he’s hurting the most, but they are largely uneducated and gullible. As for Scott, he is educated and intelligent … I sometimes think he just likes to play devil’s advocate.

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      • You are right, rg … the speech is racist, it is fear-mongering, and it is as divisive as any speech could be. But, his hardcore fans will eat it up. It’s the same tactic he used 4 years ago … instill fear and promise to fix it. Then, as now, the fear was manufactured, as is the ‘fix’, but his fans won’t see that.

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    • Scott … are you serious? Nearly every word in this brimmed with bigotry, hate and divisiveness. Rather than me sitting here writing a long-winded comment, though, check out my morning post where I analyze the speech and talk a bit about the potential ramifications. I’m not the one biased here. Question: I have always thought you did NOT support Trump, but these days it seems very much like you do. What changed for you?

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  10. More than a few straw men there, Jill. Obviously he has never heard of the great DEuropean compopsers, scientists, explorers, generals, etc. etc. Not that I mind him extolling the virtues of great Americans.

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