Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln – and soon Trump? The US President would obviously not be averse to a stone portrait on Mount Rushmore. He published a photo of himself and his predecessors on Twitter – only to deny everything immediately afterwards.
Donald Trump’s head carved in stone as a gigantic portrait? The 74-year-old never claims to have suggested an extension of the world-famous presidential monument on Mount Rushmore, but the idea doesn’t seem to displease him. “I never suggested it,” although it “sounds like a good idea to me in light of the achievements of his presidency,” the president tweeted on Sunday evening (local time). It is not the first time that Trump is toying with becoming part of the famous monument.
The reason for Trump’s tweet was a report in the New York Times that a White House official asked the governor of South Dakota last year how adding a president to the monumental national monument would go. CNN also got into the story.
Trump dismissed the reports as false. “This is fake news,” wrote Trump. Shortly before, he posted a photo of himself in a tweet in front of the portrait heads of former Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. On the eve of the national holiday on July 4th, he had given a speech in front of this backdrop, which had met resistance from the indigenous people. The Black Hills are sacred to the Sioux. They claim the area in which the monument is located for themselves.
First comment on this in 2017
Trump had already toyed with the idea at an appearance in the summer of 2017 whether his supporters would like it if he would one day be part of the memorial. The current Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, said in an election campaign in 2018 that Trump once seriously told her: “Did you know that it is my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?”
According to the New York Times, since taking office in 2018, the Republican has worked to ensure that Trump would come to this year’s National Day celebrations with controversial fireworks in her state.