South Dakota AG Jason Ravnsborg on the importance of Independence Day on Mount Rushmore: ‘It looks like a great day’

President Trump’s Independence Day event at Mount Rushmore “looks like a great day,” South Dakota Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg said Friday.

In an “Fox & Friends” interview with host Brian Kilmeade, the Army veteran said South Dakota residents are “very excited” to have fireworks for the first time in a decade and that they have the honor of being the President’s hosts.


“I think the president’s policies align very well with South Dakota’s low-tax, pro-military and appreciation for law enforcement,” he said.

Tensions have continued to escalate for weeks of national unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. All of this occurs when the coronavirus pandemic continues, though the numbers in South Dakota are noticeably smaller than in the southern and western states of the U.S.

Mount Rushmore celebrates the 75th anniversary of its completion this year.

Kilmeade asked Ravnsborg if he thought Mount Rushmore could be seen as a symbol of American white supremacy and the elimination of culture. Once the territory of the Lakota tribe, the land on which it was built is embroiled in controversy. The site was occupied by a group of Native American protesters in the 1970s. In 1980, the Supreme Court upheld a ruling of more than $ 100 million in compensation to eight tribes.

Ravnsborg said the monument is significant.

“Each of the presidents was chosen for a specific reason. President Washington obviously for the birth of our nation. President Jefferson for the growth of our nation, President Lincoln for the development of our nation, and Teddy Roosevelt for the preservation of our nation. ” This is a symbol of American exceptionalism, “said Ravsborg.” And I think that [it] it is by no means a symbol of white supremacy. “

“We are sympathetic to their feelings on the issue, but I think it was not to desecrate the land but to honor the United States and honor our state of South Dakota,” he added.

Later, Ravsnborg told Kilmeade that “it is not for the crowds or to tear down statues or monuments or disfigure them in any way,” and that he believes in the democratic process. “

Potential shakers are not the only concern for attendees. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said Tuesday that there would be no social distance at the event and that those who felt uncomfortable could stay home.

“Well, I think we are always concerned about that, but we have taken the proper precautions to mitigate that potential damage and I think we are going to be fine today,” said Ravnsborg.


“The masks will be available first. They are not necessary, but people will be able to have them if they don’t have one when they come,” he said. “And I think we have done a number of things to mitigate the spread of COVID. As you probably know, our state has not mandated these various policies that other states have. And I think we are very proud of that and our numbers have been kept low.” .