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The Daily BeastJul 04, 2020
Trump Claims Journalists ‘Slander' All Veterans by Calling Out Racism in Independence Day Address
Tasos Katopodis/GettyFresh off an astonishingly incendiary speech at Mount Rushmore on Friday night, President Trump picked up where he left off on Saturday and took aim at the media—bizarrely claiming that journalists who call out racism somehow "slander" the entire country and all U.S. military veterans.

"To those in the media, who falsely and consistently label their opponents as racists, who condemn patriotic citizens...When you level these false charges, you not only slander me, you not only slander the American people, but you slander generations of heroes who gave their lives for America," he told the crowd gathered for the White House's Salute to America celebration.

Trump used most of his speech to dismiss the widespread anti-racism protests across the country as a leftist plot aimed at destroying the country, echoing his comments from a night earlier, when he rallied supporters against those taking part in the protests, who he described as "evil." Protesters have torn down statues of Confederate leaders, Christopher Columbus, and other figures known for stoking racial oppression, acts Trump vehemently opposes.

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