WASHINGTON, DC July 4 – The United States celebrated Independence Day this Saturday, July 4, marked by the advance of the coronavirus pandemic and by a speech by President Donald Trump that encouraged divisions and polarization in the country.
“Now we are in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and the people, who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing,” said the president in a speech at the White House on the occasion of the Independence holiday.
The presidential mansion hosted an event attended by hundreds of people, including minors, many without a mask and without respecting interpersonal distance to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
Like other Trump events, this 2020 Independence Day became more of an election campaign act than a nationwide speech.
Trump praised the “American heroes who defeated the Nazis, dethroned the fascists, toppled the communists, saved American values, upheld American principles, and chased down the terrorists to the very ends of the earth.”
And spoke of the inventors and astronauts in his country who have set milestones.
“All Americans living today are heirs to this magnificent legacy. That is why we honor generations of American heroes, whose names are on monuments, on the pages of history and in the hearts of the people,” he said. the mandatary.
Trump was referring to the attacks in recent weeks on monuments of Confederation leaders (the Confederate states – Southerners and slavers – during the Civil War), founding fathers of the United States and even explorers linked to the Spanish “conquest” of America, like Christopher Columbus, who are perceived as symbols of racism by protesters.
Those attacks have come in the heat of the racial protests unleashed after the death in late May of a black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis.
“Together we will fight for our American dream and to defend, protect and preserve the American way of life that began in 1492 , when Columbus discovered America,” said Trump.
Precisely, on the occasion of July 4, there have been protests against police brutality in various areas of the country, including Washington DC, which have passed without incident.
This Saturday’s speech by Trump emulated the one he delivered on Friday at Mount Rushmore, in South Dakota, where the faces of presidents George Washington (1789-1797), Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), Abraham Lincoln ( 1861-1865) and Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909).
In that speech, Trump also exploited social divisions, alerted to the “left-wing cultural revolution” and announced the creation of a “National Garden of American Heroes”, with monuments to historical figures, to which he mentioned this Saturday.
Biden, Against Racism
The tone used by Trump in both speeches contrasts with that used by his more than likely rival in the presidential elections of next November 3, the Democrat Joe Biden, who sent a conciliatory message to all Americans to unite to fight against the racism for the 4th of July.
“We have an opportunity to root out the roots of systemic racism in this country. We have the opportunity to live up to the words that founded this nation, ”said the former vice president of Barack Obama (2009-2017) in a video posted on his Twitter account.
After the president’s speech, there was an exhibition of military aircraft that flew over the Mall, the monumental esplanade next to the White House, paratroopers, and patriotic music, which preceded the traditional fireworks.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Mall to watch the show, despite calls from Muriel Bowser, the mayor of the District of Columbia, where Washington is located, for people to stay home this July 4 due to the coronavirus.
The Coronavirus Pandemic
According to the independent count by Johns Hopkins University, the United States is the country most affected by the pandemic, with 2.8 million confirmed cases and more than 129,000 deaths from the coronavirus.
Due to the rebound in several states, local and state authorities asked citizens to measure when celebrating Independence Day.
In states like Florida, which this Saturday broke a new daily record with 11,458 new infections, this holiday is celebrated with curfews, beach closings, and beverage restrictions.