Does Trump Think That he Should be on Mt. Rushmore? Probably

Donald Trump made a mask-less, non-socially distanced speech at South Dakota’s Mt. Rushmore Friday night. The speech was largely dark in tone with the President declaring that liberals are out to erase the history of the United States.

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Among the thousands in the audience were many who think that one day Trump should be carved into the monument. According to a recent conversation between the President and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, he probably thinks so too.

Noem recalled a 2018 conversation:

He (Trump) said, ‘Kristi, come on over here. Shake my hand,’” Noem said. “I shook his hand, and I said, ‘Mr. President, you should come to South Dakota sometime. We have Mount Rushmore.’ And he goes, ‘Do you know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore? I started laughing,” she said. “He wasn’t laughing, so he was totally serious.”

Even if Trump was serious about wanting to be included in Mt. Rushmore, it’s not actually possible.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Chief of Interpretation and Education Maureen McGee-Ballinger told the Argus Ledger, “The rock that surrounds the sculpted faces is not suitable for additional carving. When Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore died in 1941, his son Lincoln Borglum closed down the project and stated that no more carvable rock existed.”

McGee-Ballinger continued:

“Mount Rushmore was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum to represent the first 150 years of the history of the United States — the birth, growth and preservation of our country. He chose the four presidents (Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln) to represent the principles of our present form of government not to represent the individuals themselves.”

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