As calls grow to remove controversial monuments and statues across the country, Republican South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem vows to protect Mount Rushmore.
Noem answered Ben Shapiro who asked “So, when is our woke historical revisionist priesthood going to insist on blowing up Mount Rushmore?” and replied “Not on my watch.”
Not on my watch. https://t.co/U6gGap5Ib6
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) June 23, 2020
Per Fox News, there’s no indication yet of any serious push against the towering monument and tourist attraction in the Black Hills of South Dakota. But the figures depicted have had their likenesses targeted elsewhere.
Groups began ripping down and defacing statues in the wake of the protests that emerged after the death of George Floyd in police custody. While those protests initially focused on racism and police brutality, it has escalated into a new phase.
While initially aimed at Confederate leaders and generals, the anti-statue push has turned fire on other historical figures.
On Thursday, demonstrators in Portland, Ore., toppled a statue of President George Washington. Friday, protesters in San Francisco defaced and toppled the statue of former President Ulysses S. Grant, who led the Union Army during the Civil War.
On Monday, there was an attempt to take down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square near the White House.
President Trump on Tuesday warned that those involved could be jailed for up to 10 years.
…..This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020