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Mount Rushmore has become a fetish for white nationalists

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Commentary. The battle over racist sculptures in the US is a practical one for Trump. He hopes to mobilize enough Republican voters to snatch another minority victory like the one in 2016.

written by Fabrizio Tonello

Topic U.S. Politics

July 7, 2020

“This monument will never be desecrated. These heroes will never be disfigured!” thundered Donald Trump in the telegenic setting of Mount Rushmore in South Dakota to an audience of his supporters, all white and without masks, which have also became a symbol of the ongoing culture war around the original sin of the United States: slavery. Trump did not mention the coronavirus, which has killed more than 132,000 Americans and is infecting many thousands more every day—but the crowd did not seem to care about that at all.

The four immense faces carved on the side of the mountain, made by the sculptor Gutzon Borglum, represent George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. Of course, Trump knows very well that no one to this day has proposed to erase the memory of these four presidents from American history, although the first two were slave owners (Washington had no particular compunction, while Jefferson was conflicted).

However, Trump’s event offers us the opportunity to........

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