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2020-07-05 2:55:34 PM  
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2020-07-05 3:15:10 PM  
Fine. Start by restoring Bear's Ears.
 
2020-07-05 3:27:14 PM  
Please proceed.
 
2020-07-05 3:55:10 PM  
Go all in on this, it's a winner! No one could possibly find a more pressing issue in these idyllic times.
 
2020-07-05 4:23:28 PM  
How about jumping on saving the actual 4-5,000 people per week who are dying from the hoax?
 
2020-07-05 5:06:31 PM  
When you're a loser pandering to your base of losers, protecting monuments to historical examples of losers seems consistent at least.
 
2020-07-05 8:55:55 PM  

OldRod: How about jumping on saving the actual 4-5,000 people per week who are dying from the hoax?


They don't count, they're secretly a bunch of crypto-democrat crisis actors who are getting paid by Soros™ to make Trump look bad.
 
2020-07-05 9:35:38 PM  
Does any one else kinda want him to attempt to Stone Mountain
 
2020-07-05 9:36:41 PM  

iheartscotch: Does any one else kinda want him to attempt to Stone Mountain


Which is, I assume, code for a depraved  sex act.,..
 
2020-07-05 9:54:46 PM  
How about giving the bottom 99% the same  $1,000,000,000,000 in tax cuts you gave your buddies?
 
2020-07-05 10:11:17 PM  
By Catherine Lucey
July 5, 2020, 11:19 a.m. EDT

President Trump has seized on saving statues and preserving monuments to American history as a winning issue for his re-election, attacking protesters and Democrats in remarks over the Independence Day weekend.

The president's effort to exploit cultural divides is a familiar tactic, recalling the "American carnage" he described in his inaugural address. The message is complicated this year by a pandemic and a national debate over race relations. The emphasis on protecting the U.S.'s iconography from critics comes after Mr. Trump has urged crackdowns on protesters and defended police against some liberals who call for defunding departments.

On an official visit Friday to Mount Rushmore that bore all the hallmarks of a campaign rally, Mr. Trump condemned what he called "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."

Mr. Trump repeated some of the same appeals Saturday from the White House, saying he was in the "process of defeating the radical left" and pledging not to give in to an "angry mob."

National polls and surveys in several battleground states recently have shown Mr. Trump behind presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden four months before Election Day. His holiday-weekend comments drew criticism for focusing on political divisions rather than a broader message of unity, and it remains to be seen how they will be received as polling shows broad concern about racial prejudice.

But several of the president's aides and allies predicted that his holiday-weekend comments would resonate beyond his political base, saying his defense of statues and monuments was a unifying issue. Aides also think his recent messaging on police will resonate with voters concerned about safety, including suburban residents.

"The reality is that most folks in the Washington, D.C., corridor are incapable of grasping the growing backlash against the 'cancel culture' movement," said campaign adviser Jason Miller. "People do not like to wake up every day and be told that they should be ashamed of who they are."

A White House aide said Friday's Mount Rushmore "speech was a defense of America's integrity against those who seek to tear it down. Unity was the goal-unity in preserving our heritage and learning from it."

Demonstrators have pulled down statues and called for removing others, including Confederates and some former U.S. presidents and other well-known figures, at protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Mr. Biden has drawn a distinction between preserving statues that honor some historical figures who owned slaves or had racist beliefs and those of Confederate figures who he said had "committed treason."

Biden spokesman Andrew Bates said Saturday that Mr. Trump was a "negligent, divisive president who doesn't give a damn about anything but his own gain," adding that "Joe Biden is running on the opposite values."
Dan Eberhart, a Republican donor and chief executive of a Colorado-based energy company, said Mr. Trump's weekend remarks came at "a time of national disaster, and he should be focused on being unifier and healer in chief."

"Trump is clearly focused on solidifying and stoking his base at the expense of trying to make progress in the center," he said.

Sen. Joni Ernst (R., Iowa), asked if she was comfortable with the president's remarks, acknowledged the "frustration" across the country on CNN Sunday. She said the nation needs to have "hard discussions about our past, but the great thing about this nation is that we can learn from those blemishes."

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D., Ill.), also on CNN, was more critical. "What really struck me about the speech that the president gave at Mount Rushmore was that he spent more time worried about honoring dead Confederates than he did talking about the lives of 130,000 Americans who lost their lives to Covid-19 or by warning Russia," said the lawmaker, who Mr. Biden's team has considered as a possible running mate.

Asked if taking down statues of President George Washington, who owned slaves, was a good idea, she said, "I think we should listen to everybody."

Mr. Trump on Saturday dismissed "those who seek to lie about the past in order to gain power in the present."
"Those who are lying about our history, those who want us to be ashamed of who we are, are not interested in justice or in healing," he said. "Their goal is demolition."

He also argued that the past could be improved on, saying "This incredible story of American progress is the story of each generation picking up where the last finished."

Mr. Trump's aides said he has paid attention to issues of race and policing. He recently signed an executive order focused on police reforms, offered his sympathies to Mr. Floyd's family and approved a criminal justice overhaul. But his rhetoric during the unrest has largely focused on bolstering the police and protecting law and order.

A Quinnipiac poll released June 17 found that 68% of voters thought that discrimination against Black people was a serious problem in the U.S., 57% had a favorable view of the Black Lives Matter movement, and 52% supported removing Confederate statues from public spaces.

That poll found that 49% of voters approve of how police are doing their jobs, compared with 44% who disapprove, a shift from 2018, when 65% approved and 26% disapproved. But 77% approved of the police in their own communities, compared with 19% who disapproved. The poll of 1,332 self-identified registered voters had a margin of error of 2.7 percentage points.

People close to the White House said the president has been frustrated with polling that shows him behind Mr. Biden in the run-up to the November election and with the virus that robbed him of the strong economy he saw as his ticket to re-election. He seized on better-than-expected jobs numbers released Thursday as evidence things are turning around, but coronavirus cases continue to rise in Southern and Western states, meaning the improvement could be short-lived.

The president's campaign also has been seeking to tie Mr. Biden to those on the far left, saying he is out of step with many Americans. Julian Zelizer, a presidential historian at Princeton University, said the Mount Rushmore speech appeared to be an effort to do that, but warned it was a risky strategy.
"He's facing an opponent who is a little harder to paint as a caricature of the left," Mr. Zelizer said. "It's incredibly hard to do because Biden isn't that person."
 
2020-07-05 10:15:35 PM  
The guy cares more about statues to dead slave holders than living sick people. Farking amazing.
 
2020-07-05 10:57:16 PM  
DO IT.
 
2020-07-05 11:11:55 PM  
Trump has always been about preserving history.

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2020-07-05 11:29:11 PM  
What the fark planet am I on?
 
2020-07-06 12:11:04 AM  
I think it's so fitting that Trump visited Mount Rushmore for the 4th of July. I've spoken to many people over the years and almost everyone agrees that Mount Rushmore is a farking waste of time in the middle of nowhere, not to mention having absolutely zero connection to the founding of our country unless you want to call murdering native americans an annual tradition to celebrate.
 
2020-07-06 1:12:45 AM  

edmo: The guy cares more about statues to dead slave holders than living sick people. Farking amazing.


Statues of dead slave holders can all find their way to the bottom of the nearest body of water for all I care. But in all fairness to Defendant Trump, I don't really know of any statues to living sick people I really give a shiat about either.
 
2020-07-06 1:37:19 AM  
NOT BREAKING NEWS

President* prefers to save fake people and not real ones
 
2020-07-06 1:37:47 AM  
I'd ask God to damn the President but that would seem weird.

Those should be the words of any citizen of this county.
 
2020-07-06 1:41:48 AM  

iheartscotch: iheartscotch: Does any one else kinda want him to attempt to Stone Mountain

Which is, I assume, code for a depraved  sex act.,..


Is Stoney Mountains friends with Stormy Daniels?
 
2020-07-06 1:51:52 AM  
Makes complete sense to me.  All republicans love traitors, so they will vote for trump.  Pretty much the reason they should be rounded up and sent to the nazi states like idaho.
 
2020-07-06 1:52:15 AM  
Where in the hell is my Soros check?

Is there some Facebook group or something I need to sign up for?
 
2020-07-06 1:53:01 AM  

centrifugal bumblepuppy: On an official visit Friday to Mount Rushmore that bore all the hallmarks of a campaign rally, Mr. Trump condemned what he called "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."


Except Fascism is far right on the spectrum.

/The republican mantra: "It's not fascism when we do it"
 
2020-07-06 1:53:07 AM  
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2020-07-06 1:56:34 AM  
"People do not like to wake up every day and be told that they should be ashamed of who they are."

The only people that feel like are being told to be ashamed of who they are are racists... and they should be ashamed.
 
2020-07-06 2:00:21 AM  
breitbart is on it. Readers Digest version.

Pinkerton: Will Joe Biden Sign a Pledge to Protect American Monuments?

That pledge that could read like this:

I will not support, and will actively condemn, any and all illegal defacement and destruction of public and private property, including statues and monuments.Such violence is never an appropriate form of protest.And I will support law enforcement in its honorable effort to protect such properties, as well as society as a whole.And I will further support the proper prosecution of those who seek to vandalize or destroy.

So now today: We need a pledge for law and order.Yes, it's sad that we need such a pledge, but still, it's better to fix a problem than to leave it to fester.

Therefore, before election day, every American should have the chance to know which side each politician is on: The side of order?Or the side of disorder?

And that includes you, Joe Biden.
 
2020-07-06 2:02:10 AM  

eriphila: Fine. Start by restoring Bear's Ears.


FARKING THIS
 
2020-07-06 2:03:09 AM  
We're fortunate that everyone left in this administration is an absolute moron.
 
2020-07-06 2:04:09 AM  
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Trump is so dedicated to preserving history, he even creates and protects memorials to the battles that didn't happen.
 
2020-07-06 2:04:52 AM  

bdub77: I think it's so fitting that Trump visited Mount Rushmore for the 4th of July. I've spoken to many people over the years and almost everyone agrees that Mount Rushmore is a farking waste of time in the middle of nowhere, not to mention having absolutely zero connection to the founding of our country unless you want to call murdering native americans an annual tradition to celebrate.


Columbia's Day?
 
2020-07-06 2:08:46 AM  

pkjun: [lh3.googleusercontent.com image 850x850]

Trump is so dedicated to preserving history, he even creates and protects memorials to the battles that didn't happen.


It stands to reason he's also dedicated to preserving monuments to men who don't deserve one.
 
2020-07-06 2:10:50 AM  

pkjun: [lh3.googleusercontent.com image 850x850]

Trump is so dedicated to preserving history, he even creates and protects memorials to the battles that didn't happen.


Not the first time for the US

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2020-07-06 2:11:45 AM  
Closing in on 135,000 Americans that the president essentially personally murdered, just as much as if he'd put a gun to their heads with his own hands.

... yeah, sure, go with "but the meaningless hood ornaments for cities that no one actually pays any attention to" as your key issue, I'm sure that's a winner.  **wanking motion**
 
2020-07-06 2:12:22 AM  
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fark you, Trump.

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fark you, fark your administration, fark your filthy political party.

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2020-07-06 2:12:33 AM  
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2020-07-06 2:13:47 AM  
As a decendant of natives, with a family full of color and LGBTQ+ folks, I have to say that I am sick and farking tired of this incompetant nitwit. fark him.
 
2020-07-06 2:13:56 AM  
Part of the American fantasy is the idea that there is some unique, special history in the two hundred years of America that is both more important and more relevant than the centuries of history from the old world.

I imagine this appeal to history resonates with a decent chunk of the population, but I don't think this is quite a "winner" on its own. Methinks Trump may have failed to read the room here.
 
2020-07-06 2:15:11 AM  

centrifugal bumblepuppy: and with the virus that robbed him of the strong economy he saw as his ticket to re-election.


ok i can see that. and there is merit in it. but it happened. so what now?  this is a time for real leadership and we get -- nada. worse that nada we get race baiting and division.
 
2020-07-06 2:18:49 AM  

Jim_Callahan: Closing in on 135,000 Americans that the president essentially personally murdered, just as much as if he'd put a gun to their heads with his own hands.


He told you he was gonna.
 
2020-07-06 2:20:33 AM  
Meh. He probably knows he's f*cked and is just trying to set up the next grift... which I assume is a combo of self victtimizing to avoid prosecution, doing what he INITIALLY set out to do and become some kind of bullyboy legend a la Rush (even from jail) and set up his dipsh*t son for a future Repub Pres ticket.

I would love to see this as the moment that the Amercan conservative contingency fractures but holy hell... so many seem all in... 'til the end.

Fookin' Boogaloo filth.
 
2020-07-06 2:22:45 AM  
It's very simple.  Just put up new monuments dedicated to the Southern Unionists, and everyone will be happy.

Right?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/South​e​rn_Unionist
 
2020-07-06 2:33:47 AM  
Right now there are so many real world crisis situations (which a real president would working on) that the idea that 45 thinks preserving any statue is worthy of his attention at the moment is surreal, inappropriate, dangerous, desperate, and not the actions of a sane individual.

Also... pilfered this and immediately found a place for it. 

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2020-07-06 2:39:22 AM  

Jackal_N: Right now there are so many real world crisis situations (which a real president would working on) that the idea that 45 thinks preserving any statue is worthy of his attention at the moment is surreal, inappropriate, dangerous, desperate, and not the actions of a sane individual.

Also... pilfered this and immediately found a place for it. 

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The statues themselves aren't the concern. It's the low-level insurrection and anarchism by those tearing them down which is the threat. You can't have crazed protesters attacking government property around the country and just ignore it.
 
2020-07-06 2:43:56 AM  

August11: What the fark planet am I on?


This one. It's full of amazingly, blitheringly stupid people that makes these things possible.
 
2020-07-06 2:47:15 AM  

bdub77: I think it's so fitting that Trump visited Mount Rushmore for the 4th of July. I've spoken to many people over the years and almost everyone agrees that Mount Rushmore is a farking waste of time in the middle of nowhere, not to mention having absolutely zero connection to the founding of our country unless you want to call murdering native americans an annual tradition to celebrate.


It's an unfinished, underwhelming commercial endeavor masquerading as patriotism, built on top of oppression and desecration. It's practically already a monument to Trump.
 
2020-07-06 2:50:06 AM  

Shaggy_C: The statues themselves aren't the concern. It's the low-level insurrection and anarchism by those tearing them down which is the threat. You can't have crazed protesters attacking government property around the country and just ignore it.


Who the f*ck is ignoring it?

People actually got your attention, didn't they?
 
2020-07-06 2:50:51 AM  
Decide which side of history you want to be on.
 
2020-07-06 3:04:37 AM  

Shaggy_C: Jackal_N: Right now there are so many real world crisis situations (which a real president would working on) that the idea that 45 thinks preserving any statue is worthy of his attention at the moment is surreal, inappropriate, dangerous, desperate, and not the actions of a sane individual.

Also... pilfered this and immediately found a place for it. 

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The statues themselves aren't the concern. It's the low-level insurrection and anarchism by those tearing them down which is the threat. You can't have crazed protesters attacking government property around the country and just ignore it.


Who is ignoring it? Hell, from where I'm sitting it looks like the opposite: a little bit of spicy property disrespect successfully made the mushy middle pay attention to -- and start trying to rectify -- a huge laundry list of injustices they had been indifferently shrugging over decades of peaceful discussion in the free marketplace of ideas.

Also, like, "I STAND FOR ALWAYS SECURING PROPER PLANNING PERMISSION BEFORE RELOCATING CIVIC MONUMENTS THROUGH THE APPROPRIATE CHANNELS, AS WAS SOUGHT IN ONLY 85% OF THE CONFEDERATE STATUES TAKEN DOWN THIS YEAR" doesn't feel to me like a fire-em-up argument for a second term in office during the middle of no less than three self-inflicted crises but hey if that's what resonates in your political soul more power to ya I guess.
 
2020-07-06 3:12:20 AM  

Trainspotr: bdub77: I think it's so fitting that Trump visited Mount Rushmore for the 4th of July. I've spoken to many people over the years and almost everyone agrees that Mount Rushmore is a farking waste of time in the middle of nowhere, not to mention having absolutely zero connection to the founding of our country unless you want to call murdering native americans an annual tradition to celebrate.

It's an unfinished, underwhelming commercial endeavor masquerading as patriotism, built on top of oppression and desecration. It's practically already a monument to Trump.


Plus: Mount Rushmore is only four years older than Donald Trump himself.
 
2020-07-06 3:20:25 AM  

pkjun: Shaggy_C: Jackal_N: Right now there are so many real world crisis situations (which a real president would working on) that the idea that 45 thinks preserving any statue is worthy of his attention at the moment is surreal, inappropriate, dangerous, desperate, and not the actions of a sane individual.

Also... pilfered this and immediately found a place for it. 

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The statues themselves aren't the concern. It's the low-level insurrection and anarchism by those tearing them down which is the threat. You can't have crazed protesters attacking government property around the country and just ignore it.

Who is ignoring it? Hell, from where I'm sitting it looks like the opposite: a little bit of spicy property disrespect successfully made the mushy middle pay attention to -- and start trying to rectify -- a huge laundry list of injustices they had been indifferently shrugging over decades of peaceful discussion in the free marketplace of ideas.

Also, like, "I STAND FOR ALWAYS SECURING PROPER PLANNING PERMISSION BEFORE RELOCATING CIVIC MONUMENTS THROUGH THE APPROPRIATE CHANNELS, AS WAS SOUGHT IN ONLY 85% OF THE CONFEDERATE STATUES TAKEN DOWN THIS YEAR" doesn't feel to me like a fire-em-up argument for a second term in office during the middle of no less than three self-inflicted crises but hey if that's what resonates in your political soul more power to ya I guess.


Lol, ignoring...

The Redskins are gonna finally change their racist ass name.

Yeah, everyone is ignoring the rude behavior of these protesters.
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