President Donald Trump is expected to be in attendance at the event which marks the United States’ victory over the British during the Revolutionary War, resulting in the birth of new country that has dominated world affairs since Thomas Jefferson sent marines to Libya to clear trade routes from pirates.
The Independence Day celebration will be held at Mount Rushmore on 3 July. Republican Governor Kristi Noem told Fox News on Monday there would be no social distancing requirements.
“We will have a large event at July 3,”Noem told Fox’s Laura Ingraham
“We told those folks that have concerns that they can stay home, but those who want to come and join us, we’ll be giving out free face masks, if they choose to wear one.”
“But we will not be social distancing,” she said.
The Governor explained that her state was encouraging people to “focus on personal responsibility” in the face of a global pandemic that has killed more than 125,000 Americans.
“Every one of them has the opportunity to make a decision that they’re comfortable with,” Noem said.
There is some measures in place, public information about the Mount Rushmore celebration says “attendance will be limited.” The state allocated tickets using an online lottery. Attendance is limited to around 7,500 where the park can hold tens of thousands.
President Trump has refused to wear a mask in public, though Vice President Mike Pence recently did so. The President has begun holding campaign rallies again despite the virus.
The Mount Rushmore event was the source of embarrassment for democrats overnight as they famously deleted a tweet that criticized Trump for attending, equating the voyage to the carved mountains as an homage to White Supremacy.
The Tweet, before it was deleted, read “Trump has disrespected Native Communities time and again, He’s attempted to limit their voting rights and blocked critical pandemic relief.”
Now he’s holding a rally glorifying white supremacy at Mount Rushmore — a region once sacred to tribal communities.
The tweet was soon deleted but not before being coiped and shared by pretty much every news outlet possible as well as thousands of people.
The speculation was that the monument would be the next to be called out following the removal or statues of American leaders - many of who owned slaves or enacted genocide against indigenous communities.