On a very different Fourth of July weekend, when many Americans are unrelenting pandemic with cases surging, their commander-in-chief is dragging America into the past -- literally.
Friday, In a jaw-dropping speech that amounted to pouring gasoline on our current culture war bonfire, President Donald Trump used the backdrop of Mount Rushmore, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, two presidents who owned more than 400 enslaved people to frame his opponents as nefarious left-wing crazies that intend to "end white privilege in America." Those opponents, he argued, want "to wipe out our tradition, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children."
Then on Saturday in the nation's capital, the Trump administration held a private July 4th celebration for its biggest donors and most loyal supporters that reenacted the first Independence Day Celebrations of 1776. Selective parts of the Declaration of Independence were read, and the White House used all of its resources to produce an event that was as historically accurate as possible. It included traditional colonial food, traditional beer, and of course slaves.
Trump praised his event as being "great with diversity" refers to the roles that Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., Candace Owens, Stacey Dash, and Paris Dennard will be playing as slaves.
Candace Owens was rife with enthusiasm for the event stating, "I'm excited to be representing an important part of history, I'm going to play Sally Hemmings, Thomas Jefferson's favorite slave/concubine. Donald told me that he wanted to be Thomas Jefferson, but Melania told him he couldn't do it, which is disappointing" she said.
Trump Cabinet members, Vice President Michael R. Pence, Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Education Elisabeth Prince DeVos, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will play the parts of the original signers Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and John Hancock
Of course, not all Americans are pleased with the President's July 4th weekend plans. Democratic party leaders spoke out against the “Celebration”. Democratic leader Pelosi, said, “Our Armed Forces would be better served if President Trump spent more time reading his daily briefing and less time planning colonial reenactments, playing Master, and defending relics of the Confederacy.”
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