A moment later, he tweeted out a form of denial to a New York Times report that he spoke to South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem about the possibility of adding his own image to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
So Trump said a) he never mentioned the possibility of Noem being added to Mount Rushmore but b) thought it sounded like a great idea!
Let’s see the first point, uh, first.
We know that, in fact, Trump raised the subject with Noem and he is very serious about it.
“He said, ̵
6;Kristi, come here. Shake my hand,'” Noem told Sioux Falls Leader Argus about his meeting with Trump in the Oval Office. “I shook his hand, and I said, ‘President, you should go to South Dakota one day. We have Mount Rushmore.’ And he said, “Do you know my dream is to see my face on Mount Rushmore?”. “I started to laugh. He didn’t laugh so he’s serious.”
Then there’s this from a Trump election campaign rally in July 2017:
“Every president on Mount Rushmore – I’m going to ask if you think I’ll be on Mount Rushmore one day. But here’s the problem: If I did that, joking, completely joking, the Fake news media will say he believes he should be on Mount Rushmore. So I won’t say that. “
He’s not joking. Remember Trump always uses the I-just-joking-and-you-the-weird-don’t-understand-it-whenever he says something a) him has meaning and b) he wants to give himself the ability to Leave. But he’s not joking. Nothing.
Don’t listen to me. Get it from Noem. Again!
Here’s from the Times run on Sunday story (bold mine):
Introducing Mr. Trump in the light of his carved predecessors, the governor deceived the president’s craving by noting that in just three days, more than 125,000 had signed up for just 7,500 the chair; she likened him to Theodore Roosevelt, a leader “defying the danger of the arena”; and she imitated the president’s speech by scornful of the protesters, whom she spoke of. is looking to discredit the country’s founders.
“On the privacy side, attempts to seduce Mr. Trump have been more apparent, according to a person familiar with the episode: Mrs. Noem greets him with a four-foot replica of Mount Rushmore featuring the fifth president:. “
She has a copy of Mount Rushmore made with Trump’s face on it! Repeat: She has a copy of Mount Rushmore made with Trump’s face on it!
Is that what you would do if you thought the President of the United States was joking? Especially after you chatted with him about his “dream” being added to Mount Rushmore, a conversation you told the media was “quite serious?”
Of course not!
Then let’s take a look at what we already know about Trump:
1) He’s a real estate agent who believes the way you always fit – and make sure you’re remembered – is to put your name (or face!) In everything you can.
2) He has repeatedly said that he’s up there with the best presidents ever. “I’ve always said that I could become more president than any other president in history except Abe Lincoln, when he’s wearing his hat,” Trump said in 2019. In a speech at the United Nations in 2018, Trump said that “less than two years my administration has completed more administration than most in the history of our country.”
Now, ask yourself this: Is there ANY chance Trump has done anything but deadly serious telling Noem that his “dream” was to be on Mount Rushmore? And that, if there is ANY way that could happen that he would take the chance?
(Sidebar: In fact, there is no room for Trump – or any other presidential heads – on Mount Rushmore. “There is no space left to carvings on the sculpture,” Maureen McGee-Ballinger, a public information officer at Mount Rushmore, told Argus Leader. “When you are looking at the sculpture, it looks like there is some space on the left side by Washington or right next to Lincoln. You are looking at the sculpture. on the rock outside the sculpture (top right), is the optical illusion, or on the left, irreversible. “)
Of course, there are other mountains …
I’m kid – but not completely! From an interest in buying Greenland to promoting a military parade in downtown Washington, Trump has tried (or at least weighed) to do things presidents shouldn’t. With all that history, it would be crazy to think that Trump might not seriously consider carving his face into a mountain somewhere in America.
In fact, Noem told Trump that much.
“Come pick a mountain,” she told him on a visit to that Oval Office.