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Trump at Rushmore: Protests, Few Masks, a Miffed Neil Young - Page 2

President's 'divisive' address in SD went after 'far-left fascism,' protesters for racial justice
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2020 7:45 AM CDT

  • 'Beyond irresponsible': That was the take of epidemiologist and infectious disease expert Celine Gounder, who blasted the event for its lack of social distancing and for not requiring masks as coronavirus numbers continue to rise in many states. "This is extremely dangerous behavior and unfortunately, this has become so politicized where you abide by public health and scientific recommendations on the basis of your political beliefs, not based on the science," she told CNN. "And people are really going to be harmed as a result of this."
  • Pyrotechnic brouhaha: Fireworks lit up the sky after Trump spoke, Mount Rushmore's first such display in more than a decade. Forbes notes that's because there's been a ban on fireworks there since 2010 due to the risk of wildfire, though that didn't stop Trump from pushing ahead with the plan. "What can burn? It's stone," he said in January of the July 4 plans in South Dakota. Thankfully, it appears nothing went awry during Friday night's show.
  • Neil Young criticism: The 74-year-old singer-songwriter and activist wasn't pleased to find out two of his songs, "Like a Hurricane" and "Rockin' in the Free World," were blasted at the Mount Rushmore event before Trump spoke, per the Hill. "This is NOT ok with me," one tweet from the Neil Young Archives read in response to a video showing one of his songs playing. That message was reiterated in a second tweet, along with: "I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux." The Independent notes Trump also played "Cowgirl in the Sand," though Young didn't reference that song.

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