Away from Washington for a night, Donald Trump has boasted Friday that America is “exceptional” in the majestic surroundings of Mount Rushmore, without dwelling on the alarming figures of the Covid-19 in a country worried that it is difficult to gather.
A great deal of criticism for its handling of the pandemic, the us president has offered, on the eve of the national holiday of July 4, an evening of fireworks and a speech by the tone very hard in conquered territory.
The tempestuous billionaire is expressed under the gaze of four of its distant predecessors, carved in granite, which he has extensively praised: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
In front of a crowd chanting “Four more years”, in which the masks were rare, he asked himself, four months before the presidential election, as the defender of “the integrity” of his country.
“We’ll tell the truth as it is, without excuse: the United States of America, the country with the most just and the most extraordinary that ever existed on the Earth”, he launched.
In the midst of a debate on the symbols of the History of the country, and so that statues of confederate generals have been brought to earth by demonstrators, anti-racist, he has denounced “a campaign to erase our history, defame our heroes, suppress our values and indoctrinate our children.”
But “the Americans are loud and proud of it”, he launched.
The billionaire, who is leaving his vice-president Mike Pence in the first line facing the spectacular rebound of the epidemic, has not hidden his enthusiasm for this event, which thousands of people attended in an atmosphere of summer, under a cloudless sky.
But it has very briefly discussed the resurgence of cases of Covid-19 in the south and the west, which “puts the country in danger,” according to Anthony Fauci, director of the american Institute of infectious diseases.
In a very bad position in the polls, Donald Trump takes from several days to a single message: the crisis of the coronavirus is “managed” the u.s. economy leaves “harder and faster” than expected and the year 2021 will be “historic”.
However, in a sharp contrast with Europe, records of contamination are beaten on a daily basis in the United States.
A few minutes before the arrival of Air Force One, the Johns Hopkins university, in which reference is made, has announced that the United States had reported Friday 57.683 new infections due to coronavirus in 24 hours.
A number of States have had to put the déconfinement on pause, or even turn back, closing at the forward bars and beaches.
At the beginning of this long holiday weekend, former democrat president Barack Obama, himself, called a startle. “Defeating the virus will require the mobilization of all. Wear a mask. Wash your hands,” he tweeted. “And listen to the experts, not those who try to divide us”.
“No social distancing”
The tenant of the White House, who was accompanied by his wife Melania Trump, knew could count on a warm welcome in South Dakota, a State with very few people that he won it in 2016 with more than 60% of the vote.
And the governor-republican Kristi Noem had indicated in advance that it did not intend to spoil the party.
“We have said to those who are worried that they may stay home”, she explained. “For those who want to join us, we will distribute masks free of charge, if they decide to wear one. But there will be no social distancing”.
Representatives of the tribes Sioux marched to protest the organization of this evening in the mountains of the Black Hills – where the heads were carved from 1927 to 1941 – that they consider sacred.
Donald Trump speaks to him for a long time the fascination of Mount Rushmore. In 2017, it was even mentioned, jokingly, the possibility that his face is added a day. Beyond any political considerations, however, it is unlikely that this happens.
“From time to time, individuals or organizations that propose to add new busts (…) but this is not possible”, explains to the AFP Dana Soehn, spokesperson for the national Park.
“The rock that is found around people’s faces (presidents) does not allow the sculpture” additional, ” she says, recalling that the sculptor, Gutzon Borglum wanted to represent the ideals of the first 150 years of american history – birth, growth, development, preservation – and that his work was therefore completed.