South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) vowed to not let activists tear down Mount Rushmore on Tuesday in a response to a tweet from conservative columnist and commentator Ben Shapiro, who asked the question: “So, when is our woke historical revisionist priesthood going to insist on blowing up Mount Rushmore?”
“Not on my watch,” Noem responded.
Not on my watch. https://t.co/U6gGap5Ib6
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) June 23, 2020
Shapiro’s tweet comes with the conservative alarm in response to the nationwide destruction, vandalism, and even removal by protesters targeting historical monuments and statues of Confederate Generals and former presidents all in the name of equality and racial justice since the killing of George Floyd.
Amongst the many historical monuments and statues being targeted by activists and protesters, law enforcement officers were successfully able to disperse a crowd of protesters attempting to tear down the President Jackson monument in Lafayette Square near the White House on Monday evening.
Outraged, President Trump tweeted, “Numerous people arrested in D.C. for the disgraceful vandalism, in Lafayette Park, of the magnificent Statue of Andrew Jackson, in addition to the exterior defacing of St. John’s Church across the street. 10 years in prison under the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act. Beware!”
Numerous people arrested in D.C. for the disgraceful vandalism, in Lafayette Park, of the magnificent Statue of Andrew Jackson, in addition to the exterior defacing of St. John’s Church across the street. 10 years in prison under the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act. Beware!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 23, 2020
The extraordinary Mount Rushmore features the similitude of former presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. As there have been no official push yet of specific activists trying to take down the Black Hills South Dakota monument, Noem did acknowledge that there has been “some activity online where people have made threats” towards Mount Rushmore.
Noem stated that there are actions taking place and mentioned that “this threat to the mountain could remain in place for quite some time. We’re prepared to be there and be diligent about protecting it.”
“We will make sure that Mount Rushmore stays as majestic as it is today,” she added. “This is obviously a federal mountain, it is a national monument, it is something that we will partner with them and use the resources of the state to make sure that we have security measures in place,” Noem added.
Noem said that George Washington “was a unifier” and “he brought this country together to lead us at a time when we needed the birth of the nation to get started.” She added that Thomas Jefferson “was an author of the Declaration of Independence,” and that “all men are created equal.” She also mentioned that “Roosevelt was the first man to dine with an African-American man at the White House.”
“These men have flaws, every leader has flaws, but we’re missing the opportunity to talk about the virtues and what they brought to this country and the fact that this is a foundation that we’re built on and the heritage we should be carrying forward.”
The men on Mt. Rushmore helped make America the greatest country in history. They weren't perfect; nobody is. But we should learn from their example and work together to accomplish their dreams for our country. pic.twitter.com/MPBkTT8tYn
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) June 24, 2020