Trump's July 4 celebrations 'descending into chaos'

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Trump doubles down on divisive messaging in speech to honor Independence Day

South Dakota, solidly Republican, has not been infected as badly as other states, but cases in Pennington County, where Mount Rushmore is, have more than doubled in the past month.

Pat Lee of Upper Dublin, Pennsylvania, and two friends, none in masks, gathered near the event in Washington. "Masks, I think, are like a hoax".

Trump began the short message by saying that July 4 is about many different things, "but more than anything else - freedom".

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Worldwide, almost 11.3 million people have been infected and over 531,000 have died, with outbreaks surging in India, South Africa, Pakistan, Brazil and several other Latin American countries. So wear a mask. So wear a mask.

Before departing, Pence told CNBC that he and Trump support Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis's decision to reinstate certain restrictions, like ordering bars to stop serving alcohol. Being from southern California I see socialist tendencies. "Remember it is the voice of a tax-paying U.S. citizen who does not support you. Me".

Crista Luedtke said demand has been "bonkers" since reopening the 14-room Boon Hotel and Spa that she owns in the Sonoma County town of Guerneville.

"If you make something mandatory, particularly for the younger age groups we're talking about, many of them will rebel and do the exact opposite", he said Friday on NBC News.

The evening program was not an official campaign event, but Mr Trump's remarks touched on key campaign themes meant to energize his political base ahead of the November 3 election.

All events featuring Guilfoyle, the national chair of Trump Victory, were being canceled, Gor said.

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Many communities cancelled events and closed beaches.

CNN reported that Guilfoyle tested positive in South Dakota before she was slated to attend Trump's Independence Day fireworks celebration at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

President Donald Trump is accusing activists who want to remove monuments to Confederate generals and other divisive American leaders of conducting "a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children".

Even as he pushed ahead with celebrations, the shadow of the coronavirus loomed closer to him.

Trump drew a parallel between American battles against Nazis, communists and terrorists overseas and current domestic unrest: "We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and people who in many instances have absolutely no clue what they are doing" and said the media calls opponents racists "just for defending history".

His Democratic rival, Joe Biden, said in a statement that the U.S.

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told reporters Trump did not need to focus on the pandemic during a ceremony meant to highlight Independence Day.

As of Friday, there were more than 2,780,000 COVID-19 cases in the USA and 129,777 deaths, according to data gathered from John Hopkins University.

Trump claimed without evidence during his Saturday remarks that 99% of coronavirus cases "are totally harmless". Instead, he declared that "our country is in great shape".

The president's event has also faced backlash for bringing a massive crowd - which issues 7,500 tickets for the fireworks display - in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic as the country struggles to keep cases from spiking during the reopening phase. He relented on that push as his medical advisers warned that it was far too ambitious. Day after day, new records are set.

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