Trump Visits Mount Rushmore Amid Controversy, Coronavirus Concerns
Some 7,500 people are expected to attend the outdoor event. Masks will be available but are not required.
South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem told Fox News earlier this week that those who had concerns could stay home and said “we won’t be social distancing.”
Cheryl Schreier, superintendent of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial from 2010 to 2019, admonished Noem and Trump for defying social distancing guidelines for an event she warned carried risks of spreading disease, triggering wildfires and contaminating groundwater.
“This is a recipe for disaster,” she wrote in a column published in the Washington Post.
Trump won the reliably Republican-leaning state in 2016. He has been criticized for holding large events with little social distancing in Oklahoma and Arizona in recent weeks. On Thursday he predicted a “fireworks display like few people have seen.”
Native Americans, who reportedly plan to protest during the trip, have criticized Trump’s visit for increasing …continued .
[Source: Huffington Post]