Poll: Voters Overwhelmingly Support Mount Rushmore and Historic Statues
At this point it practically feels like Democrats and the media are picking what they’re going to be outraged over for the week out of a hat. Last week “Independence Day” and “Mount Rushmore” were the targets of the left’s wrath.
Democrat Senator Tammy Duckworth slammed President Trump’s recent speech at Mount Rushmore by saying that he “spent all his time talking about dead traitors” – and also stated that she’d be open to tearing down monuments to George Washington. Five years prior she tweeted “All dressed up as historic figures. I just covered myself in Stars & Stripes. Next year I’m going as Mt. Rushmore!”
Meanwhile at CNN, Mount Rushmore was described as “a monument of two slave owners on land wrestled away from Native Americans” from a correspondent who doesn’t know what the Louisiana Purchase was. Meanwhile when Obama campaigned in South Dakota in 2008, CNN reported that “Obama arrived there last night and got a good look around Mt. Rushmore—it’s quiet a sight of you haven’t seen it.” When Bernie Sanders visited the monument in 2016 CNN described it as a “monument to four great American presidents.”
Unemployed footballer Colin Kaepernick took to Twitter to blast Independence Day as a celebration of the dehumanization, brutalization, criminalization, and terrorism of black people. That’s in stark contrast to his attitude on July 4th 2011 when he tweeted (like a normal person) “Happy 4th of July everyone I hope everyone has a blessed day.” Apparently racism must’ve invented sometime between mid-2011 and 2016 in Kaepernick’s world.
The calls for remove America’s monuments are a combination of performative wokeness for some chunk of the far-left population, and a genuine desire for control for another.
Luckily, a new poll has found most Americans siding with sanity on the issue.
According to Rasmussen Reports:
- Most voters still rally around Mount Rushmore and historic statues around the country that may be out of line with modern-day sentiments. But there is growing support among those under 40 to do away with them.
- 75% of Likely U.S. Voters do not believe that Mount Rushmore should be closed or changed because two of the four presidents it honors – George Washington and Thomas Jefferson – were slave owners. Seventeen percent (17%) believe the iconic memorial in South Dakota should be closed or changed.
- But this compares to 90% who opposed closing or changing Mount Rushmore when Rasmussen Reports first asked this question three years ago.
- Similarly, 71% still oppose removing the names of the early presidents like Washington and Jefferson who were slave owners from public places and taking down statues in their honor. Eighteen percent (18%) favor such moves. However, this compares to 88% and seven percent (7%) respectively in 2017.
- The most notable change on both questions is among voters under 40. One-third (33%) of these younger voters are now ready to close or change Mount Rushmore and remove the names and statues of the early presidents who were slave owners. Roughly 10% of older voters agree in both cases.
- Only 10% of all voters believe it is better to erase the wrongs of the past. Eighty-four percent (84%) disagree and say it is better to try to learn from them. But that’s down 10 points from the earlier survey.
What will be the subject of the left’s wrath this week? Stay tuned to find out.