President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump answers calls for tearing down monuments with creation of “National Garden” of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to “hate their own country” Trump accuses those who erase statues for wanting to “overthrow the American revolution” MORE took aggressive sweeps at “radical left”
“We are now defeating the radical left, Marxists, anarchists, agitators, looters and people who in many cases have absolutely no idea what they are doing,” Trump said in the White House, citing nationwide protests against police brutality and inequality in a race that has been going on since George Floyd’s death on May 25, an unarmed black man who died in police care in Minneapolis.
On the country’s 244th anniversary, Trump said America thrived on its watch until it was “hit by the virus that came from China,” comments coming as the United States and several states have reported a record number of coronavirus cases over the past week.
The president reiterated talking points that he has been pushing in recent weeks, saying that spikes in cases are a result of extended testing, a claim that is rejected by the White House’s own experts. He also announced a declining death rate in the United States, which is still higher than other developed countries.
“And we’ve made a lot of progress, our strategy is going well,” Trump said. “It goes out in one area, it draws out its ugly face in another area. But we have learned a lot. We have learned how to put out the flame. “
Trump said that the US media “slander” him and his allies by calling them or their actions racist. He described news coverage of the reversal and removal of Confederate monuments as disrespectful to the US armed forces.
“Not only are you slandering me, you are not only slandering American people, but you are slandering generations of heroes who gave their lives for America,” Trump said. “You despise people much braver and more principled than you … You dishonorable people who fight for freedom during the civil war – you despise them.”
It was the president’s second annual “Salute to America” on July 4, though the pandemic demanded an event much smaller than last year at the National Mall celebrating the US military.
In 2019, Trump largely avoided politics in a speech before thousands of Lincoln Memorial supporters.
This year, with surveys showing Trump letting go of the presumptive Democratic presidential election Joe BidenJoe BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to replace Trump in Georgia Trump’s Mount Rushmore stunt will strike back MORE with larger and larger margins with less than four months to go before Election Day, he peppered his favorite targets with criticism ahead of a series of military flyovers and a fireworks display that would begin at 9 p.m.
“The more bitter you become, the more we will enjoy love and patriotism, and the more we will rise above your hatred to build a better future for every child in our great country,” he said.