GOP Moves To Protect Mount Rushmore From Radical Activists

KEYSTONE, UNITED STATES:  This June 1995 photo shows Mt. Rushmore, in Keystone, South Dakota. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum started work on Mt. Rushmore 10 Aug 1927 and continued for 14 years, but only 6.5 years were actually spent sculpting due to harsh weather delays. The presidents were selected on the basis of what each symbolized. George Washington (L) represents the struggle for independence; Thomas Jefferson (2nd L), the idea of government by the people; Theodore Roosevelt (2nd R), for the 20th century role of the United States in world affairs; and Abraham Lincoln (R) for his ideas on equality and the permanent union of the states. AFP PHOTO/KAREN BLEIER  (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • House Republicans this week proposed legislation aimed at protecting Mount Rushmore from being altered, renamed or demolished by activists who say the monument disrespects Native Americans.
  • The Mount Rushmore Protection Act would prohibit the use of federal funds to change, destroy or rename the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
  • The bill from Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., is a response to criticism that has grown since former President Trump visited the site in 2020.

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