South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (right) has issued a warning to an ESPN host seeking to scrap Mount Rushmore because he believes the memorial is offensive.
Noem’s cautionary words? “Not on my shift.”
On Saturday, the South Dakota Republican posted a message on Twitter warning “Awaken the Left” that the famous Black Hills memorial was a tribute to four men who helped make America great, and it went nowhere.
Noem wrote: “The Four Men on Mount Rushmore were amazing, flawed American leaders who helped make America what it is today–the greatest nation the world has ever known.” “To the awakened leftists obsessed with attacking these leaders, I have news for you: Not on my watch.”
The Four Men on Mount Rushmore were amazing, flawed American leaders who helped make America what it is today – the greatest country the world has ever known.
To the awakened leftists obsessed with attacking these leaders, I have news for you: not on my guard. https://t.co/gSQfNlLlzb
– Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) August 6, 2022
Noem posted the letter in response to ESPN NBA analyst Galen Rose who, earlier this week, called for social justice activists to rally to force an end to the use of the term “Mount. Rushmore” as a way to define greatness.
“I want to keep challenging myself and challenge you to do something,” Rose said in his Twitter video. Can we retire using Mount Rushmore?
“That must have been offensive to all of us, especially Native Americans,” Rose stated.
Here’s why you should stop using Mount Rushmore to define greatness immediately. pic.twitter.com/mtYYTtKFSa
JalenRose August 3, 2022
Rose wants to see Mount Rushmore canceled just as the Redskins of Washington and Cleveland have been canceled because, as the email sees them, all of those names are “offensive.”
“The indigenous people, who were the first people here before Christopher Columbus,” Rose continued. “Their land was stolen from them when it was discovered that it contained gold.
And 25 years later – to make matters worse – four American presidents were placed on what we call Mount Rushmore. On top of the corpses buried directly below it.”
So, I’m inviting you—and for me, I’m in this too—let’s stop using the term Mt.Rushmore, he concluded, “When we talk about our favorite rappers, we talk about our favorite movies, we talk about our favorite guys.”
“I know you will watch this video and I know you will take action,” he said.
Governor Noem was a fierce advocate for the landmark in her home state and sought to use the monument as a venue for patriotic activities. For example, despite repeated refusals from the Biden administration, Noem led the fight to allow a fireworks display on Mount Rushmore on the Fourth of July.
“We won’t be able to host those fireworks this year at Mount Rushmore. I’m suing [President] Joe Biden and the White House ended up not letting us go ahead with this. Noem said in Chad Brother Show.
Noem has served as the 33rd Governor of South Dakota since 2019.