Trump to give fiery speech at Rushmore amid virus, protests

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning a fiery speech for Friday night’s Mount Rushmore fireworks.

He plans to include denunciations of protesters he says are trying to “tear down” the nation’s history — along with his more traditional July Fourth praise of America’s past and values.

Hours before the event, Native American protesters blocked a road leading to the monument and blocked a road with some vans.

About 15 protesters were arrested after missing a police-imposed deadline to leave.

Masks and social distancing weren’t required for the event, even as coronavirus cases spike across the country.