On the occasion of United States Independence Day, Donald Trump spoke on Saturday evening in Washington. What was to be a “tribute to America” had more of a campaign meeting accent on this July 4, 2020, more than ever marked by the disunity of the Americans.
The festivities of July 4, traditionally marked by parades, marching bands, barbecues and large fireworks in a friendly atmosphere have been revised downwards this year through United States because of the pandemic.
Defeat “the Marxists”
“We are defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators and the plunderers”said Donald Trump at a ceremony in the White House gardens.
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– The White House (@WhiteHouse) July 4, 2020
Far from a traditionally unifying tone of presidential speeches from the “4 th of July”, the Republican billionaire also attacked the media “Who falsely accuse their opponents of being racist”. “The more you lie, the more you slander […] the more we will work to tell the truth, and we will win ”, he said, four months before the presidential election.
The White House tenant also virulently attacked China, where the new coronavirus came from, reaffirming that it should ” accountable “.
True to the message he has been hammering for several days, Donald Trump once again downplayed the significance of the dramatic increase in the number of Covid-19 cases which alarmed health authorities. “We have made a lot of progress. Our strategy works well ”, he said, stressing his belief that treatment and / or a vaccine would probably be available. “Well before the end of the year”.
A few hours earlier, Florida had announced a new Covid-19 case record at 11,458 in the past 24 hours. Faced with the scale of the health crisis, the mayor of the county of Miami-Wade, the most populous of the country with nearly 2.7 million inhabitants, Friday declared a curfew starting at 10:00 pm local time. he “Is intended to prevent people from venturing out and hanging out with friends in groups, which has been shown to be a factor in the rapid spread of the virus”, explained Carlos Gimenez.
In Atlanta, Nashville, concerts or fireworks have been canceled. In the Texan city of Houston, home of the epidemic in the great state of the South, July 4 is celebrated online.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the National Mall, the huge plaza where official museums and monuments stand, and its surroundings remained open and accessible to the public for a fireworks display announced as “Monumental”.
The virulent presidential speech was followed by an aerial parade of World War II aircraft and a Blue Angels patrol show.
The Independence Day celebrations, when in 1776 thirteen British colonies proclaimed their separation from the British crown and founded the United States of America, this year had a bitter taste. America has been animated since the death of African-American George Floyd by a historic movement against racism, comparable to that of civil rights in the 1960s.
Across the country, rallies are scheduled for justice, racial equality and against the Trump government.
In Washington, about twenty collectives called to demonstrate, in particular in front of the monument in memory of Abraham Lincoln, from which Martin Luther King had given his speech “I have a dream”, in 1963.“We want to let the world know, not just the United States, that we are worth no less than others”, says Katima McMillan, 24-year-old African-American.
“Our country was founded on an idea, that we are all born equal. We have never lived up to this idea “, Joe Biden, the presidential candidate for November, said on Saturday. Former Vice President of Barack Obama Called To Unite To Overcome “More than 200 years of systemic racism”.
In the midst of a debate on the statues brought down by anti-racist demonstrators, Mr. Trump had already denounced Friday evening, from the imposing Mount Rushmore monument, “A campaign to erase our history, defame our heroes, suppress our values and indoctrinate our children”.