In response to rising threats to American heritage, House Republicans have proposed a bill that would protect Mt. Rushmore from being torn down or defaced.
The magnificent monument has become a controversial symbol in recent years, amid rising anti-Western, anti-American sentiment that exploded following the death of George Floyd in 2020.
South Dakota Republican Dusty Johnson proposed the bill Tuesday, nearly three years after a cultural revolution in the summer of 2020 that saw rioters tear down statues honoring American historical figures.
Johnson said Mt. Rushmore symbolizes America's greatness and should be preserved. His bill would prevent the federal government from defacing or renaming the monument.
"Our nation’s history is not without its flaws, but there is no doubt the faces on Mount Rushmore represent democracy, freedom and the great American experiment," Johnson said.
"Removing or changing Mount Rushmore will not change the past and will not move us forward as a country. We must protect Mount Rushmore for generations to come."
Leftist activists have agitated for the cherished landmark, which depicts George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, to be destroyed, arguing it lies on "stolen land."
South Dakota's Black Hills, where Mt. Rushmore is located, are considered sacred to Native Americans.
Biden has now rejected a request from South Dakota governor Kristi Noem (R) to allow July 4th fireworks at Mt. Rushmore for three years in a row.
President Trump held a re-election rally with fireworks at Mt. Rushmore on July 4th, 2020, that drew backlash from the left amid the "mostly peaceful" racial unrest that was then sweeping the nation.
Symbols of American heritage continue to come under fire under President Biden, who has incessantly picked at the scab of racial grievance while calling for national atonement over "white supremacy."
The leftist push to deface and rename has targeted not only Confederate leaders but Americans traditionally regarded universally as heroes, including founding fathers like Washington, Jefferson, and James Madison.
As the left continues to destroy and defile, they erect new monuments reflecting their ideals -- like the recently unveiled statue in Boston depicting the disembodied arms of Martin Luther King, which was widely criticized as bizarre and obscene.