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Thursday, June 25, 2020

President Trump is planning a massive fireworks display at Mount Rushmore on July 3, despite a decade-long ban on pyrotechnics at the iconic spot because of concerns about public health, environmental and safety risks. The National Park Service stopped staging pyrotechnics at Mount Rushmore in 2010 out of concern that it could ignite wildfires under drought conditions.



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The memorial is surrounded by 1,200 acres of forested lands, including ponderosa pines, and lies next to the Black Hills National Forest's Black Elk Wilderness. Trump has wanted to stage fireworks at the national memorial in South Dakota's Black Hills since 2018, according to two individuals familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. But the idea was scuttled or delayed by a number of his advisers, these individuals said.

Trump's reelection campaign is also leveraging the South Dakota trip to fill its coffers, according to fundraising invitations obtained by The Washington Post. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway will appear as "special guests" at two high-dollar fundraisers in the days before the event in Rapid City, S.D., and Gallatin Gateway, Mont., along with Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, campaign senior adviser Kimberly Guilfoyle.

Trump's narcissism and lack of real concern for anything or anyone but for himself and his re-election plumbs new depths. As the virus continues to burn throughout mainly red states due to both hasty reopening and the unconscionable lack of federal leadership in coordinated mitigation efforts, Trump wants to literally throw caution to the wind and needlessly put drought ravaged forests in harm's way for the sake of his desire for a fireworks display.

I've said before that Trump won't be able to get elected dog catcher by the time November comes and it only seems he continues to double and triple down on building his unpopularity in ways that even affront many in his former base. Hopefully this display of arrogance and intentional defiance of Mother Nature won't bring more tragedy to this nation that need not happen were it not for his ego and its constant need to be fed.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-25 09:11 AM | Reply

Coronavirus is nearly as unpopular as forest fires. Trump puts the two things together and then acts surprised when even conservatives react angrily.
This is an event that Americans should boycott, I'm sure it will be on TV but no one should watch. If you hate the Coronavirus and forest fires then you know you should not give any ego massage to this wannabe dictator.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2020-06-25 10:12 AM | Reply

Pres Trump is trying to associate himself with America's Shrine of Democracy, as his approval ratings and re-election odds continue to drop.

If only he had cared about the health of Americans nearly as much as he cares about his re-election...

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-06-25 10:26 AM | Reply

"Trump's narcissism and lack of real concern for anything or anyone but for himself and his re-election plumbs new depths"

He's already at Mariana's Trench level. Any speculation about what the next deepest could possibly be?

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2020-06-25 10:32 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He's already at Mariana's Trench level. Any speculation about what the next deepest could possibly be?

If given enough time?

The Earth's core.

#5 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-06-25 11:04 AM | Reply

I think the four men depicted on that mountainside would be so disgusted with Cheeto Mussolini, they would turn their backs if they could.

#6 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2020-06-25 11:21 AM | Reply

Only you can prevent forest fires.

#7 | Posted by hamburglar at 2020-06-25 11:52 AM | Reply

So Much Winning!

#8 | Posted by LesWit at 2020-06-25 11:56 AM | Reply

It's impossible that Libs can't see their own hypocrisy here. You hear crickets when people note that Libs supported protests and such that break safety rules but when someone on the other side does it, it's a problem? Both sides are so freaking blind.

#9 | Posted by humtake at 2020-06-25 12:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

What an embarrassment he is to the men in stone there.

They must be turning over in their tombs.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2020-06-25 05:14 PM | Reply

This toddler President wants his fireworks. Next Don Jr. will demand Trump's face should be carved into Mt. Rushmore. Count on it.

#11 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2020-06-25 05:15 PM | Reply

Trump is working overtime to get those three Electoral College votes that South Dakota is giving, after making a play for one of the two votes that Maine has to offer. Trump is about two steps from the guy so desperate for a smoke he's in the men's room at the ballpark searching the floors...

#12 | Posted by catdog at 2020-06-25 05:21 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

What else would an enemy agent do but try to pump up the virus spread while burning down the forrest...its a twofer.

I would not be surprised if he nuked CHOP to try to look tough on crime.
Worst president ever!

#13 | Posted by 503jc69 at 2020-06-25 06:24 PM | Reply

As long as they pre-rake the forest things will be fine.

#14 | Posted by Scotty at 2020-06-25 06:39 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

If a Wildfire breaks out Trump shouldn't have access to any aircraft.

#15 | Posted by Tor at 2020-06-25 07:35 PM | Reply

I think he's going after death by pandemic rather than face a humiliating defeat in November. Personally I think going "Elvis style" more fitting with his nature. All kidding aside I think he is grasping for a blaze of glory parting of the ways.

#16 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-06-25 10:16 PM | Reply

The Trammps - Disco Inferno!

#17 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-06-26 12:42 AM | Reply

Excellent post REDLIGHTROBOT!

#18 | Posted by danni at 2020-06-26 08:02 AM | Reply


#19 | Posted by randomcanyon at 2020-06-26 08:47 AM | Reply

#19 - NICE!

#20 | Posted by YAV at 2020-06-26 08:50 AM | Reply

A peek into the future:
Trump shows up at Mt. Rushmore, causes the setting of a forest fire, and that fire is only the fourth most important news story of the month of July...

#21 | Posted by catdog at 2020-06-26 09:40 AM | Reply

Let's burn down a forest and celebrate machines that kill people!

Woooh! America!

#22 | Posted by Brennnn at 2020-06-27 02:27 AM | Reply

Said it all along he's a hurt people.. Break things.. Blame others prez.
I'm starting to think he knows we hate him and mite not win Re election so hes gonna take everyone down with him he can. He's actually helping Bolton sell his book by making comments. Now his neice is being exploited to help line up copies. I hope he rolls his fireworks display to empty bleachers. Means people are smart and being patriotic.

#23 | Posted by penguinhead at 2020-06-27 03:08 AM | Reply

Trump should visit the backsides of Mt Rushmore.

Just in case he's thinking of calling for his likeness to be added, there's just about enough room on the right side:

Back side of Mt Rushmore

#24 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-06-27 03:11 AM | Reply

Save the faces.

#25 | Posted by Sniper at 2020-06-27 11:06 AM | Reply

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