It turns out that President Donald Trump had to pull strings so that he could hold a town hall with Fox News on the hallowed grounds of the Lincoln Memorial.
During that town hall on Sunday night, Trump outrageously claimed that he has been treated worse than Lincoln, who was shot in the head and killed by an assassin in 1865.
And Trump made the remark right in front of the sitting statue of Lincoln.
But Trump should not have been allowed to hold the event at the Lincoln Memorial because of a law that prevents politically partisan events from being held there.
The only reason Trump was able to spew his bile on this sacred ground is because he had his Interior Secretary deem his town hall “a core governmental function.”
According to the New York Times:
While Mr. Trump and many other presidents have hosted inauguration concerts and gatherings on the memorial’s steps, any event meant to draw an audience inside the interior near Daniel Chester French’s sculpture of a seated Lincoln is prohibited. The area beginning with the marble staircase where the columns start constitutes a boundary protected by federal law. So on Sunday, when the president sat down with two Fox News anchors at Lincoln’s marbled feet during a coronavirus-focused virtual ‘town hall,’ it was because a directive issued by David Bernhardt, the secretary of the interior, had allowed them to do so.
Bernhardt even used the pandemic as cover to give Trump a pass to stain the Lincoln Memorial with his poison.
“Given the extraordinary crisis that the American people have endured, and the need for the president to exercise a core governmental function to address the nation about an ongoing public-health crisis,” Bernhardt wrote. “I am exercising my authority to facilitate the opportunity for the president to conduct this address within the Lincoln Memorial.”
This law should never have been twisted to let Trump disrespect such a sacred place. At this point, he could end up violating this law to do the same to other American landmarks such as the Washington Monument or even the Dr. Martin Luther King statue. He could then violate it to use these landmarks in campaign ads. His town hall could have held elsewhere and certainly was not a “core governmental function.”
Americans should be outraged that Trump skirted a law to use the Lincoln Memorial for his disgraceful partisan agenda.
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