President Donald Trump delivered another deeply divisive speech to mark Independence Day on Saturday, comparing the US’s fight against Nazis and terrorists to his efforts to defeat “the radical left” in the US and accusing social justice protesters of trying to destroy America.
“American heroes 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,” Trump said. “We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing.”
Building on similar remarks he delivered at Mount Rushmore on Friday, Trump once again sought to deepen racial and cultural divisions in America rather than attempting to unify a country convulsed by the twin crises of the coronavirus pandemic and a sweeping reckoning on racism in America.
Still, Trump — who has a long track record of exploiting racial tensions in America — castigated others for trying to “foment hate, discord and distrust.”