Fireworks were conspicuously absent in the skies over Mount Rushmore Sunday evening as Americans gathered with loved ones across the land to commemorate 245 years since the nation’s independence from Great Britain.
According to the Washington Examiner, former President Donald Trump slammed Biden over the decision to cancel the Mount Rushmore fireworks display during his rally in Sarasota on Saturday, calling his successor “perhaps the most unpatriotic president ever.”
The disappointment was expected after President Biden, in a stark reversal from Trump, canceled a holiday display at the beloved national monument.
In a rousing, patriotic speech at Mount Rushmore last July, Trump warned that the left is seeking to destroy America’s heritage. It was the first time Mount Rushmore had fireworks since 2009.
But this year, partisan “spite” took precedence over love of country, Trump told a crowd of supporters, adding that the left wants “to cancel” the heroes the monument commemorates.
“We had fireworks at Mount Rushmore that were so incredible…and it was wonderful, and then, I saw the other day that they refuse to allow it to happen again. I think they do it in spite,” he said. “It’s so ridiculous. It’s so sad.”
Echoing Trump, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) has said that Biden’s move was arbitrary and political, Breitbart reported, adding that she did everything possible to accommodate the White House’s demands.
As official pretexts for canceling the fireworks, the White House listed sensitivity to Native American tribes, environmental concerns, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
A “lot more work to do”
July 4, under President Biden, made for a stark contrast with the bombast and unbridled enthusiasm of last year’s celebration. Whereas Trump had spoken of America’s greatness, Biden dedicated his Independence Day remarks to plugging another uninspired advertisement for the COVID-19 vaccine, Newsweek reported.
For months, Biden had held out the holiday as a “day of independence from the virus,” when he said Americans could celebrate America’s rebellion against Great Britain modestly, at small barbecues with the government’s permission. In that context, his Mount Rushmore call did not come as a surprise.
But in his speech Sunday, he hailed the return of crowds even as he hinted vaguely that there’s a “lot more work to do,” and urged Americans to get vaccinated, which he called a “patriotic” obligation. He did show some surprising restraint by keeping talk of America’s “racism” to a minimum.
Biden said during his speech: “245 years ago we declared our independence from a distant king. Today we’re closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus.”