US President Donald Trump has vowed to defeat the”radical left” in a July Fourth Independence Day speech at the White House, condemning recent efforts to remove or rethink monuments into historical figures as efforts to destroy the United States.
“There have always been those who attempt to lie about the past so as to gain power in the present, those that are lying around our history, those who want us to be ashamed of who we are,” Trump said on Saturday. “Their objective is demolition.”
Trump’s Fourth of July remarks doubled down on a Friday night address in Mount Rushmore in South Dakota where he accused”angry mobs” of attempting to erase background and used the speech to paint himself as a bulwark against”left-wing extremism”.
Trump also claimed without evidence that 99 percentage of the coronavirus cases in the US were”entirely benign”. In fact, many US countries declared a record amount of new COVID-19 cases lately. In Texas alone, 7,890 patients were hospitalised later 238 new admissions over the past 24 hours.
Based on reports on Saturday, the states of Texas and Florida alone accounted for nearly 20,000 new cases of infections within one just 1 day.
While criticism mounted within the president’s handling of this outbreak, Trump said China has to be”held liable” for failing to contain the illness.
Peaceful protesters called for racial equality just steps from where Trump talked in the capital, Washington, DC, marching down blocked-off streets around the White House, Black Lives Matter Plaza and the Lincoln Memorial.
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Countless Americans have been demonstrating against police brutality and racial inequality since the May killing of George Floyd, a 46-year old Black man who died after a snowy Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.
In addition to achieving police reforms in certain cities, some protesters have removed Confederate statues and other symbols of America’s heritage of slavery.
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Joe Biden, Trump’s Democratic rival in the November election,” wrote a Fourth of July op-ed bit that struck a contrasting note with the Republican president and accused him of finding every day”new ways to tarnish and dismantle our democracy”.
In another letter to donors,” Biden said:”We have a chance now to give the marginalised, the demonised, the isolated, the oppressed, a full share of their American dream.”
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Biden also launched a fresh campaign commercial attacking Trump, posting on social networking,”If you put the wrong person in office, you’ll see things that you wouldn’t have believed are possible.”
Trump, in his Saturday speech, also said the US could have a vaccine or therapeutic solution to the virus”long before” the end of 2020.
On Thursday, a top US health official said that he was optimistic that the Trump administration’s vaccine-acceleration programme”Operation Warp Speed” will generate a safe and effective vaccine for COVID-19 by year-end.
Air show, fireworks
Saturday’s address in the White House was capped off by fighter jet broadcast shows and a fireworks show across the National Mall.
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser had tried to dissuade the Trump government from holding the event because it went against health officials’ guidance throughout the pandemic.
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Aside from fireworks spectators, activists of different stripes also appeared willing to dismiss the health warnings.
Roar of this Deplorables, a bikers group, said through social websites that they planned to collect in Washington on Saturday to stand in protest against what they call”the anti-Trump regime” and to celebrate the nation’s birthday.
Freedom Fighters DC, a new activist group that attempts to rally an ethnically diverse generation of fans supporting liberty for all people, especially the Black population of Washington, is one of the anti-racism groups ignoring the mayor’s heed to refrain from collecting.
“Black folks are not free from the chains of oppression, thus we do not get to truly celebrate Independence Day,” said Kerrigan Williams, 22, one of the founders of the group, that will host a march as well as an arts protest on Saturday afternoon.
“We’re marching now to showcase that Black folks are fighting for the basic liberties the constitution is said to provide.”