At President Donald Trump's Independence Day Speech at Mount Rushmore, he pledged to sign an executive order establishing the "National Garden of American Heroes" in reaction to efforts to tear down monuments glorifying racist historical figures. Although many of the people proposed by the administration for the garden, like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., are fairly universally beloved, others, like former President Ronald Reagan, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and evangelical preacher Billy Graham, are sharply partisan choices.
The White House just sent out the text of the executive order. It creates a task force to recommend how and where t… https://t.co/L8HEINPajM— Ben Pershing (@Ben Pershing)1593834008.0
The president was roundly scorned on social media for his proposal, with many considering the whole idea a stunt, and others criticizing the choices of "heroes" Trump wanted to honor.
Reagan, Scalia and Billy Graham? But no Thurgood Marshall. And how about the first black president? I’m surprised T… https://t.co/f9TnVHPoFy— John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈 (@John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈)1593873939.0
@benpershing To be fair the Anton Scalia statue is promised to be a racist skeleton hilariously playing the xylophone with its own bones— Metro Doomin (@Metro Doomin)1593834904.0
@benpershing Just slipping Billy Graham in there between Ben Franklin and Hamilton, like a teenager slipping "I wre… https://t.co/4h9vlYf2lN— Derek C. of Earth-23 (heroes wear masks!) (@Derek C. of Earth-23 (heroes wear masks!))1593835436.0
@Nfreaquea1 @benpershing How they missed an opportunity to include Cesar Chavez is baffling.— 𝕬𝖓 801 𝕺𝖗𝖎𝖌𝖎𝖓𝖆𝖑 🥁 (@𝕬𝖓 801 𝕺𝖗𝖎𝖌𝖎𝖓𝖆𝖑 🥁)1593839887.0
@benpershing I'm surprised he didn't put himself on the list. I recommend a garden the size of a regulation chess b… https://t.co/QCkVPMlh32— James McPherson (@James McPherson)1593836198.0
@benpershing A more fitting tribute to Harriet Tubman would be allowing her on the $20 dollar bill trump has been blocking for 4yrs.— jason #BoycottNRA (@jason #BoycottNRA)1593842002.0
@benpershing Why no Confederate generals? Didn't Trump support statues of them?— David (@David)1593834713.0
@GoFishLynn @benpershing I'm surprised he didn't include Zorro— Dave Haddy (@Dave Haddy)1593866828.0
@benpershing Sounds like he's wasting our tax dollars to make an amusement garden for HIMSELF. Will he have the sta… https://t.co/fF7FHM3wQJ— IronStar Rosse (@IronStar Rosse)1593850696.0
@benpershing Well, thank God. We can stop worrying about catching Covid or what’s going to happen to the economy wh… https://t.co/19yJ0rHpgO— TheValuesVoter (@TheValuesVoter)1593845327.0
@klyhansen @benpershing I hear he’s doing great things— Cooper Netties (@Cooper Netties)1593836846.0
@benpershing The Trump Memorial will have 150,000+ statues #PlaguePresident— 🪗 Bruce Triggs (@🪗 Bruce Triggs)1593842613.0
@benpershing This is the kind of stuff he focuses on while the Country is just trying to breathe. He’s more ridicul… https://t.co/v2l2hkr0sc— atir48 (@atir48)1593856609.0