President Donald Trump announced the construction of a "National Garden of American Heroes" to honor iconic figures through history. The president announced the executive order for the garden while railing against protesters who have in recent weeks pushed for cities and institutions across the US to topple monuments to Confederate figures. The executive order on the development listed at least 31 Americans who will be memorialized in a series of statues, none of which "will have lived perfect lives, but all will be worth honoring, remembering, and studying," the order said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
President Donald Trump announced on Friday that his administration will create a "National Garden of American Heroes" to honor iconic Americans through history as the US grapples with removing and renaming Confederate monuments and symbols across the country. During his remarks at the base of South Dakota's Mount Rushmore ahead of Independence Day, Trump railed against what he called "far-left fascism" at play in anti-racism protests that have demanded US cities remove monuments and symbols of their Confederate ties. Trump said they were looking to "overthrow the American Revolution" and to "end America." The executive order repeated Trump's disapproval of cities and institutions that have toppled or are considering removing offensive historical symbols. "My Administration will not abide an assault on our collective national memory," the executive order read. "In the face of such acts of destruction, it is our responsibility as Americans to stand strong against this violence, and to peacefully transmit our great national story to future generations through newly commissioned monuments to American heroes." The new series of lifelike statues will contain the likenesses of at least 31 Americans including civil-rights figures, Founding Fathers, and military heroes "who have contributed positively to America throughout our history." The full list of figures named in the executive order includes:
John Adams Susan B. Anthony Clara Barton Daniel Boone Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain Henry Clay Davy Crockett Frederick Douglass Amelia Earhart Benjamin Franklin Billy Graham Alexander Hamilton Thomas Jefferson Martin Luther King, Jr. Abraham Lincoln Douglas MacArthur Dolley Madison James Madison Christa McAuliffe Audie Murphy George S. Patton, Jr. Ronald Reagan Jackie Robinson Betsy Ross Antonin Scalia Harriet Beecher Stowe Harriet Tubman Booker T. Washington George Washington Orville and Wilbur Wright.
"None will have lived perfect lives, but all will be worth honoring, remembering, and studying," the order said. The executive order established a task force that will be provided with funding and resources from the Department of the Interior. The task force has 60 days to submit a report including proposals for the garden's location. The National Garden is set to be open to the public by July 4, 2026, according to the White House. Though Confederate symbols are not a new target for protestors and civil-rights advocates, George Floyd's May 25 death in police custody sparked some of the largest protests ever seen in the US, which have earned Trump's ire through demanding changes to monuments, flags, and military bases. Trump has rejected any possibility of changing the names of military bases honoring Confederate generals, and threatened anyone who vandalizes a statue in the US with 10 years in prison. However, discussions over preserving ties to the Confederacy have sparked long-awaited changes in local fixtures like Mississippi changing its state flag.SEE ALSO: Anti-racism protesters who campaign to take down statues want to 'overthrow the American Revolution,' says Trump in Mount Rushmore speech Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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Who won the U.S. Civil War? “The north, of course,” you say… but ah… if you...Who won the U.S. Civil War? “The north, of course,” you say… but ah… if you did not know the answer, you would have reason to be confused. Who loses a war and puts up statues of its heroes on the victor's land? In the south, say, in Northern Virginia, you'll find public shrines to […] W.E.B. Du Bois Devastates Apologists for Confederate Monuments and Robert E. Lee (1931) is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get our Daily Email. And don't miss our big collections of Free Online Courses, Free Online Movies, Free eBooks, Free Audio Books, Free Foreign Language Lessons, and MOOCs.
GOP insiders say the Trump campaign has decided to lean into culture war because it can't make attacks on Biden stick
The next four months before Election Day will see the president hammering away at leftist "mobs"...The next four months before Election Day will see the president hammering away at leftist "mobs" who Trump claims are trying to tear down America's history. This isn't a strategy targeting Joe Biden so much as it is about connecting with Trump supporters who fear the US is falling apart. "It is the new stump speech," a Republican operative close to the Trump campaign said. "People feel like they're losing their country." Trump's pivot took root last Friday night during the three-hour flight from Washington, a trip that notably didn't include Jared Kushner. The president's son-in-law has cautioned against fighting a culture war, but didn't go to South Dakota because he's an Orthodox Jew who observes the Sabbath. The 2020 strategy raises fresh concerns that the president is trolling for support from white supremacists whom Trump and his aides have tried in recent years to keep at a distance. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump's reelection campaign sees a path to victory in 2020 that involves both inciting and fighting a culture war in America, Insider has learned. The plan: Spend the next four months before Election Day hammering away at leftist "mobs" who the president claims are trying to tear down America's history. It is a distinctly dark and combative view of the US that Trump insiders acknowledged in interviews this week isn't so much about Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. Instead, the latest shift in messaging represents a concerted strategy to connect with blue-collar white voters living in critical swing states from New Hampshire to the Rust Belt battlegrounds of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. "It is the new stump speech," a Republican operative close to the Trump campaign said. "People feel like they're losing their country." The next iteration for Trump will come on Saturday when he travels to a Granite State campaign event at the Portsmouth International Airport to deliver a speech that his aides say will sound a good bit like the remarks that the president delivered around the Fourth of July holiday at both Mount Rushmore and the White House. Trump aides said they recognized that such an overt and direct appeal to such a specific racial segment of the country has its perils, including that it stokes renewed support from white supremacists, whom the president and his aides have tried to keep at a distance. But the GOP operative said it's needed to motivate voters who don't necessarily "fear" Biden the same way they did Hillary Clinton in 2016. "What they do fear," the Republican said, "is this absurd mob." The racially tinged campaign focus comes as Trump's poll numbers in critical battleground states keep sinking. On Wednesday, the election forecaster Amy Walter predicted a "Democratic tsunami" will hit the country come November. Public polling since the protests against police brutality started more than a month ago also have shown widespread support for the Black Lives Matter movement. But Trump advisers are taking some consolation from a new Monmouth University poll conducted in late June and released Wednesday that did find support for protesters softening somewhat among Republican voters. The president's advisers cautioned that for Trump to succeed at this new plan he'll have to keep his reelection message tightly trained on Black Lives Matter protesters going too far. It means avoiding mistakes like the one earlier this week, when Trump used Twitter both to attack NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and to signal support for the Confederate flag. The twin flubs knocked Trump and his surrogates on the defense coming out of the holiday weekend. Trump's advisers see the culture war fight as their best option given the dire circumstances suggesting voters will reject the president's attempt to win a second term. "When the dust settles, who do you want in charge of your country — the radicals who want to take Mount Rushmore down and stop you practicing your way of life?" the Republican close to the campaign said. The Trump campaign did not return requests for comment Wednesday. A notable absence on Air Force One en route to South Dakota The president's pivot took root last Friday during the three-hour flight from Washington to Mount Rushmore. On Air Force One, Trump rehearsed a speech that had been crafted for him by his senior White House speechwriters and adviser Stephen Miller, who famously wrote the "American Carnage" inauguration address from January 2017. Trump insiders said one person was notably absent on the flight who could have pulled the president back: Jared Kushner. But the president's son-in-law, an uber-adviser who pushed for the new administration to take a leadership role on criminal-justice-reform policies and who had cautioned against fighting a culture war, skipped the trip to South Dakota because he's an Orthodox Jew who observes the Sabbath. Ultimately, the speech on Trump's teleprompter when he took the stage before the fabled granite sculpture of four American presidential icons orientated toward fighting a culture war where Republicans like him were competing for the soul of the nation. "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," Trump said to boos from the crowd. "Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children." Driving home his point, Trump and his advisers seized on unsubstantiated reports that activists were planning to deface Mount Rushmore. "Today, we pay tribute to the exceptional lives and extraordinary legacies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt," Trump said. "This monument will never be desecrated, these heroes will never be defaced, 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." It's a 'law and order' message through November 3 Trump advisers said the "law and order" message he's seized on would be a winning one because protesters have overreached in their newfound focus on the nation's founding fathers and even a statue of famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The initial anti-police-brutality protests that started after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have sparked considerable change, including the recognition of Juneteenth as a national holiday and the removal by government officials and protesters of dozens of statues depicting Confederate generals around the US. But the president's campaign is trying to capitalize on what it sees as an opening after protesters started targeting other historic monuments. It has singled out the fight over a statue memorializing Lincoln in a neighborhood near the US Capitol and monuments celebrating an abolitionist and a woman dubbed "Forward" dedicated to social progress that protesters tore down in Madison, Wisconsin. Noah Weinrich, spokesman for the conservative nonprofit Heritage Action for America, said that protesters targeting such historic statues are in danger of losing the broad public support they enjoyed throughout June. "Some Americans may sympathize with protesters, and they may have even been planning to vote Democrat, but particularly in the swing states and Rust Belt area, they aren't on board with this," he said. "These folks may not be the traditional culture warriors of the right, but they're clearly not on board with the mob mentality and anti-American sentiment being pushed by the far left around the country." With his Mount Rushmore speech, Trump walked a fine line that sounded to many close observers like the remarks he gave in August 2017 blaming "both sides" for the deadly violence that spun out of a white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia. While the president's remarks in South Dakota never explicitly said minorities are inherently less than white people, he did nonetheless rely on language popular among hate groups, said Jennifer Mercieca, a communications professor at Texas A&M University who has spent the last four years studying the president's rhetoric and that of white supremacist organizations like The Daily Stormer. "It wasn't racist in the sense that it denigrated a race of people, but it was racist in that it rejected the concerns that a majority of Americans have about systemic racism," said Mercieca, the author of 'Demagogue for President: The Rhetorical Genius of Donald Trump.' "Trump labeled those people as traitors and fascists while proclaiming America's history as exceptional." "It was, as white supremacist Andrew Anglin wrote on Daily Stormer, a speech designed to make white people feel good about themselves," she added. After Trump's Mount Rushmore speech, Anglin, a white supremacist and publisher of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, said that he was elated. "President Trump took the advice of Tucker Carlson and I and stood in front of a monument dedicated to the nation's heroes and said that he would defend the people, our identity and our history," Anglin wrote on his site in reference to the top-rated primetime Fox News host. "He condemned white guilt, and called those trying to make us guilty 'evil.'" Trump delivered a similar version of his Mt. Rushmore speech the next day, the Fourth of July, at the White House. Advisers told Insider they were happy with how the speech turned out, which is why the president is expected to repeat the message again Saturday in New Hampshire. 'That racial stuff plays well there' The president's advisers have long worried about his slide in the polls in the critical Rust Belt states that Democrats traditionally had carried before Trump's historic 2016 upset over Clinton. A culture war, these insiders say, is the best way to win back the white blue-collar voters there. "He's doing that to get his numbers up in white Wisconsin and white Michigan, that racial stuff plays well there," said a second Republican close to the campaign. Not everyone agrees with that assessment. Charles Franklin, a longtime Wisconsin pollster, cautioned against reading too much into the data and conventional wisdom coming out of the 2016 White House race that Trump's appeal to the "forgotten man" of the Rust Belt helped him tear down the Democrats' "blue wall." White voters in Wisconsin are supportive of the police but don't seem to join with the president in his assessment that "mobs" are tearing apart the nation's very fabric, he said. "There is this foundational support for the police, even at same time a majority of whites have a favorable view of Black Lives Matter and approve of the protests," Franklin said. "These protests have resulted in some remarkable shifts in what people are publicly willing to defend and support, and Trump has chosen to support some of those things that are on the losing side, as were some of the Confederate generals on the losing side." The latest RealClearPolitics average of battleground state polls has Trump behind Biden by an average of 7.5 percentage points in Michigan and down by an average of 6.5 percentage points in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Kushner's sinking stock Trump's hard turn to embrace a culture war marks a distinct departure from just a month ago, when advisers like Kushner were urging the president to embrace black voters and tout his accomplishments for them. During an event in June at the White House, Trump heeded his son-in-law's advice in highlighting the criminal-justice reform bill he signed into law in 2018 and also for providing additional support for historically black colleges and universities. But some advisers said Trump has grown increasingly circumspect about following Kushner's advice. It's an awkward dance if ever there was one since the top White House aide is married to the president's oldest daughter, Ivanka, and the 2020 reelection campaign apparatus is stocked with staffers loyal to Kushner. Other aides insisted Kushner is in no danger of being replaced as one of the president's top staffers. "Jared is supportive of free speech, law and order, and our monuments being protected," a senior Trump administration official told Insider while disputing the notion that Kushner is being increasingly marginalized. Behind the scenes, Republicans have been grumbling for months that Trump is on a path toward a colossal loss in November. "Shitty," one of the Republican operatives close to the Trump campaign replied when asked about the president's current political position. Many are girding just to protect their narrow hold on the US Senate. Even some Republican donors have been keeping their distance from Trump for fear of being tied too closely to him if he loses. One GOP money man contacted by Insider said he had been avoiding calls from Trump fundraisers for months now. The situation for Trump, according to most professional campaign watchers is dire, to say the least. "This election," Walter, the national editor of The Cook Political Report, wrote Wednesday, "is looking more like a Democratic tsunami than simply a Blue wave."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
US president enflames national tensions with attack on ‘leftwing revolution’ and plan for national memorial of...US president enflames national tensions with attack on ‘leftwing revolution’ and plan for national memorial of statues of ‘American heroes’Standing beneath Mount Rushmore on the eve of American independence day, Donald Trump staged a defiant celebration of what critics say is white identity politics and warned the nation’s history is under siege from “far-left fascism”.The US president defended the symbolism of statues and monuments before a packed crowd at an event that revelled in political incorrectness calculated to enflame the country’s current divisions and enrage liberal critics. There were few face masks and even fewer people of color on stage or in the stands. Continue reading...