It is not hyperbole. On July 3rd, operating as a July 4th celebration, in an election year, Trump gave his crudest, most dangerous, most offensive, and most bizarre, speech in his tenure as president. People that we deeply respect are saying far more extreme things than we might expect:
I've studied totalitarianism my whole life & know thousands of people who have lost loved ones to totalitarian regimes (including my own wife's family). Trump's use of this word to describe fellow Americans is outrageous. & on the eve of July 4th… downright un-American ! https://t.co/7N6x4lYi0O 
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) July 4, 2020 
Trump pitted Americans versus Americans, clearly laying down a line in the sand. In this country, there is an enemy, and the enemy is anyone not voting for Trump. To be a real American is to support Trump, anyone else is a traitor trying to destroy this country.
“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children.” from Trump’s prepared remarks at Mount Rushmore
— Chris Jansing (@ChrisJansing) July 4, 2020 
Breaking News: President Trump delivered a dark and divisive speech at Mount Rushmore, leaning into the culture wars and barely mentioning the pandemic.https://t.co/03WOgau4Zx 
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 4, 2020 
“Dark and divisive,” as described by the New York Times? In reality, it means that the speech was fcking terrifying in its ugliness.
And it was.
“We will never abolish our police or our great Second Amendment.” –@realDonaldTrump 
— GOP (@GOP) July 4, 2020 
No one is calling for the abolition of the police or the Second Amendment, but that is the point. He needs an enemy. The people that attended his speech, or the people at home supporting his speech, are the type that will fight to the death for the above two causes. Only they’re not causes. People want to reform policing and add sensible regulations to gun ownership. But one cannot drive a conservative to a “war-readiness state” with sensible language.
It was also plain old fcking bizarre, a man giving a campaign speech at what was an official event.
Trump should be forced to pay for the entire Mt. Rushmore hate rally out of pocket. It was clearly for his failing campaign.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) July 4, 2020 
There is also the irony that there is a horrific epidemic spiking in record numbers tearing through the country right now, states like Texas are requiring masks, and yet tonight, Trump’s most rabid supporters are out in South Dakota jammed in together, no social distancing, no masks:
Finally, someone sees the cult.
To me, it looks eerily like a Charles Manson roundup.
— Tammy Mercer (@coosbaydem) July 4, 2020 
It could easily be a super spreader event.
As we’ve come to expect, Trump couldn’t even get through the speech without slurring himself silly, mispronouncing words left and right, while looking like a baked ham, a baked ham that dreamed the impossible dream, Las Vega$!
Trump should not use Melania’s bronzer. He needs something more matte. https://t.co/h5Gb912tuh 
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) July 4, 2020 
Someone poured orange paint all over this old statue, it’s just not right pic.twitter.com/liKzLI4mTi 
— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) July 4, 2020 
It truly couldn’t have been a worse evening and speech. Tomorrow, he’ll surely prove us wrong.
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