Columnist: Trump issues ‘declaration of war’ against ‘cancel culture’

In a pair of ferocious speeches over the Independence Day weekend, President Donald Trump responded to the far-left’s incessant provocations with what the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard called “a powerful declaration of war” on “cancel culture.”

In an op-ed published Saturday, Bedard suggested that the president’s sharp words against cancel culture and strident defense of America’s heroes represented a sort of “reboot” that his re-election campaign badly needed after months of bad news about everything from the economy to COVID-19.

“Cancel culture” and “far-left fascism”

The so-called “declaration of war” was first issued by President Trump during his speech ahead of a fireworks display at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota on Friday.

“There is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance,” Trump said, according to a transcript provided by the White House. “If you do not speak its language, perform its rituals, recite its mantras, and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. It’s not going to happen to us.”

The president said later in his speech that “those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity, so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny.”

“In toppling the heroes of 1776, they seek to dissolve the bonds of love and loyalty that we feel for our country, and that we feel for each other,” he said, according to the transcript. “Their goal is not a better America, their goal is the end of America.”

Time to step up

Beyond merely calling out anti-American behavior, Trump also issued an undeniable call to action for those who love this nation. “My fellow Americans,” he said, “it is time to speak up loudly and strongly and powerfully and defend the integrity of our country.” Trump went on:

Here tonight, before the eyes of our forefathers, Americans declare again, as we did 244 years ago: that we will not be tyrannized, we will not be demeaned, and we will not be intimidated by bad, evil people. It will not happen.

Of course, this speech wasn’t a one-off event. Trump reiterated that sentiment in remarks at the White House on Saturday during the 2020 Salute to America.

There, Trump also took a pointed jab at the mainstream media, which has clearly aligned itself with those who seek to undermine and transform the country.

“When you level these false charges, you not only slander me, you not only slander the American people, but you slander generations of heroes who gave their lives for America,” Trump said, according to a White House transcript. “You slander people much braver and much more principled than you. You are slandering the young men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima, and those who perished fighting for freedom in the Civil War.

“The more you lie, the more you slander, the more you try to demean and divide, the more we will work hard to tell the truth. And we will win,” Trump added. “The more you lie and demean and collude, the more credibility you lose.”

This is exactly the sort of message Trump’s supporters needed to hear at this critical point in our nation’s history. Only time will tell, however, if voters remember the president’s words come November.

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Author: Ben Marquis


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