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While the country faces the gigantic challenge of the pandemic, the President chooses to encourage polarization

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States celebrated this Saturday, July 4, the Independence Day, marked by the advance of the coronavirus pandemic and for a speech by President Donald Trump that encouraged divisions and polarization in the country.

“We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters and people, who in many instances do not know at all what they are doing, ”said the president in a speech at the White House on the occasion of the holiday.

The presidential mansion hosted an event that Hundreds of people attended, among them minors, many without a mask and without respecting interpersonal distance to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

Like other Trump events, this 2020 Independence Day became more of an act of the election campaign than a speech addressed to the entire nation.

Trump praised the work of the “American heroes” who throughout history defeated the Nazis, destroyed fascism and declared themselves victorious over the Communists; and spoke of the inventors and astronauts of his country who have set milestones.

“All Americans living today are heirs to this magnificent legacy (…) That is why we honor generations of American heroes, whose names are on monuments, on the pages of history, and on hearts of the people ”, indicated the president.

Trump, increasingly polarizing speech. / Photo: EFE

Trump was referring to attacks in recent weeks on monuments of Confederation leaders (the Confederate states -Sureños and slavers- during the Civil War), founding fathers of the US and even explorers linked to the Spanish “conquest” of America, such as Christopher Columbus, who are perceived as symbols of racism by protesters.

Those attacks have come in the heat of the racial protests unleashed after the death in late May of a black man, George Floyd, at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis.

Together we will fight for our American dream and for defend, protect and preserve the American way of life that began in 1492, when Columbus discovered America, “said Trump.

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Precisely, on the occasion of July 4, there have been protests against police brutality in various areas of the country, including Washington DC, which have passed without incident.

This Saturday’s speech by Trump emulated the one he delivered on Friday at Mount Rushmore, in South Dakota, where the faces of presidents George Washington (1789-1797), Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) are sculpted. , Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) and Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909).

In that speech, Trump also exploited social divisions, alerted to the “left-wing cultural revolution” and announced the creation of a “National Garden of American Heroes”, with monuments to historical figures, to which he mentioned Saturday.

Biden, against racism

The tone used by Trump in both speeches contrasts with that used by his more than likely rival in the presidential elections of next November 3, Democrat Joe Biden, who released a conciliatory message to all Americans to unite to fight racism for July 4th.

“We have an opportunity to root out the roots of systemic racism in this country. We have the opportunity to live up to the words that founded this nation, ”said the former vice president of Barack Obama (2009-2017) in a video posted on his Twitter account.

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After the president’s speech, there was an exhibition of military aircraft that flew over the Mall, the monumental esplanade next to the White House, paratroopers and patriotic music, which preceded the traditional fireworks.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Mall to watch the show, despite calls from Muriel Bowser, the mayor of the District of Columbia, where Washington is located, for people to stay home this July 4 due to the coronavirus .

The White House and fireworks on July 4th. / EFE

The pandemic advances

According to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University, The United States is the country in the world most affected by the pandemic, with 2.8 million cases confirmed and more than 129,000 deceased by the coronavirus.

Due to the rebound in several states, local and state authorities asked citizens to measure when celebrating Independence Day.

In states like Florida, which this Saturday broke a new daily record with 11,458 new infections, this holiday is celebrated with curfews, beach closings and drink restrictions.

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Mexico’s students to be homeschooled with television instead of in-person classes

Schools in Mexico will not reopen for the new academic year later this month, and children will instead be homeschooled using television during the coronavirus pandemic, the country’s education secretary said Monday.

Secretary Esteban Moctezuma Barragán said the government struck a deal with the country’s largest television networks to bring educational instruction to Mexico’s 30 million school children in the small screen.

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“We wanted to return to in-person classes, but it is not possible, nor prudent,” Moctezuma said, adding that students will return to classrooms when the government evaluates the spread of COVID-19 presents less of a risk.

Mexico has reported 443,813 coronavirus infections and 48,012 deaths. Moctezuma said officials fear children could become coronavirus carriers, infecting relatives at home.

Throughout Latin America, nearly all schooling is being carried out online or through television as the pandemic continues to surge.

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Moctezuma said television was chosen because government data shows 94% of homes have one. Those without a television could listen to radio classes, and some 140 million free textbooks will be distributed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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