South Dakota Governor Vows to Protect Mount Rushmore from Vandals

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem made it clear that vandals will not touch presidents carved on Mount Rushmore.

Noem, a Republican, responded to a tweet from conservative commentator Ben Shapiro asking if Mount Rushmore could be the next monument attacked by protesters and vandals who have downed statues in honor of Ulysses S. Grant, George Washington, and many other historical figures.

“So when is our historic revisionist priesthood awakening going to insist on blowing up Mount Rushmore?” Shapiro tweeted on Monday.

“I am not listening,” replied Noem on Tuesday morning.

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Mount Rushmore is located in the Black Hills region of South Dakota. The massive carving of former Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln was completed in 1941. The monument is part of the US National Park Service. USA

The destruction of Mount Rushmore has become a kind of online joke like the bar whereby monuments are smashed and called to be destroyed by protesters. The fashion to tear down monuments began with destruction slave traffickers statues and Confederate soldiers and it has become increasingly broad to include monuments to Lincoln and World War II veterans.

President Trump announced Tuesday that he authorized the federal police to use the Veterans Recognition and Preservation Act to punish anyone. caught smashing monuments on federal land The statute carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.