“We will never allow an angry crowd to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children or trample on our freedoms,” the president said, accusing protesters as “anarchist agitators” who “have no idea what they are doing. ”
The Saturday speeches, held on July 4, amid a pandemic, record high unemployment and nationwide protests, marked a sea change from Trump’s 2019 Independence Day address, which largely adhered to patriotic and not political themes.
And when the president faces questions over his agenda for a potential second term, Trump hinted that his priorities will remain largely the same: low taxes, a strong military, religious freedom and law and order.
“We should all want the same thing,”
Trump also defended his administration’s pandemic response and blamed the virus on China.
“We have the most and finest tests anywhere in the world, and we produce dresses and masks and surgical equipment in our country, where it has so far been almost exclusively made in foreign countries, especially China, ironically this virus and others come from, “Trump said, blaming Chinese” deception “for allowing the virus to spread.
Trump devoted part of his rail address to the media, which he proved without evidence “falsely and consistently designates his opponents as racists.”
“When you equalize these false accusations, you are not only blaming me, you are not only blaming the American people, but you are blaming generations of heroes who gave their lives to America,” Trump said.
The event in Washington, DC, featured flyovers of military aircraft and will end with fireworks at the National Mall. The crowds at the mall were easy on Saturday when officials called for social distance, TV station WTOP reported.