It’s a tale of two presidents.
Just hours before President Trump was scheduled to speak at Mount Rushmore, a CNN reporter disparaged the beloved national monument.
Reporter Leyla Santiago called Mount Rushmore a “monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans.”
But when President Barack Obama visited South Dakota, CNN called Mount Rushmore, “majestic.”
And during the Democratic presidential primary in 2008 CNN correspondent Jim Acosta noted that then-candidate Obama’s visit is a “fitting campaign stop for a presidential contender.”
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In 2016, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny called Mount Rushmore a “monument to four great American Presidents.”
“This is our country at its very best. What a wonderful achievement,” Sen. Bernie Sanders told CNN. “Just the accomplishment and the beauty it does really make one very proud to be an American.”
I don’t recall CNN or any other Mainstream Media news outlet condemning presidents for visiting the monument. Not a one.
Just President Trump.
We could check the archives, but safe bet that this is the first time CNN has ever described Mount Rushmore as:
“A monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans.”
What changed, @CNN?pic.twitter.com/0ukqhyVH7B
— Tim Murtaugh – Download the Trump 2020 app today! (@TimMurtaugh) July 3, 2020
In 2016, CNN’s Jeff Zeleny called Mount Rushmore a “monument to four great American Presidents”
Bernie Sanders said “this is our country at its very best,” called it an “incredible achievement,” and said it “really does make one very proud to be an American.” pic.twitter.com/YQ7ozKKICs
— Zach Parkinson (@AZachParkinson) July 3, 2020