The crowds that typically flow into the District on Independence Day were markedly thinner this year — and often headed in different directions. Hundreds flocked to Black Lives Matter Plaza, while hundreds more ventured to the Mall for protests or to celebrate the nation’s founding.
President Trump has left little doubt through his utterances the past few weeks that he sees himself not only as the Republican standard-bearer but as a leader of a modern grievance movement animated by civic strife and marked by calls for “white power.”
1st Lt. Clint Lorance had been in charge of his Army platoon for three days when he ordered them to kill three Afghans on a dirt road. After a second-degree murder conviction, Lorance was pardoned by President Trump, hailed as a hero. His troops suffered a different fate.
Among the statues to be erected in the garden — spelled out in an executive order — are evangelical leader Billy Graham, frontiersman Davy Crockett, first lady Dolley Madison and Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia.
The possibility that Russia paid militants to target U.S. forces — and that the president received reports about the activity but did little about it — has revived allegations, particularly among Democrats, that President Trump is loath to confront Russia.
Business interests see a short-term battle against two hard-to-influence forces: individuals acting irresponsibly and a Trump administration reluctant to lay down guidelines that would mandate individual behavior during the pandemic.
Video on social media shows the statue being pulled down. The incident occurred as President Trump spoke critically of recent incidents of vandalism in speeches Friday night at Mount Rushmore and Saturday night at the White House.