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Leading up to the week of Fourth of July, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem visited Mount Rushmore and recorded a video from the site to call out the Biden administration for banning her plans to host a fireworks show there.
Gov. Noem applied earlier this year to host the Fourth of July event but was denied due to COVID.
According to the Fox News report, Noem was optimistic about organizing the show for visitors in town for Fourth of July weekend after Donald Trump revived the show last year. Trump was the first President to call for the festivities since 2009.
We love America. We love Mount Rushmore. We want the country to be able to celebrate Independence Day with us.— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) June 29, 2021
It was very disappointing to have the Biden Administration cancel the celebration for no reason.https://t.co/UPaMycOHoN
Though Biden denied her request for a patriotic celebration at the federal monument, Noem caught word of a White House event hosting 1,000 guests, which prompted the South Dakota Governor to go on full offense at President Biden for a lack of fairness.
“It’s a beautiful day. I really wish that we were able to have fireworks here this year – probably not gonna happen because of the Biden administration – but look at all the wonderful people still enjoying this monument to history,” said Noem in her video posted on Twitter.
Noem added, “What a hypocrite. President @JoeBiden wants ‘a summer of freedom’ where we ‘mark independence from the virus by celebrating with events across the country.'”
The NPS (National Park Service) cited “health reasons relating to coronavirus, wildfire risks, environmental concerns and ongoing construction” as the cautionary guidelines that advised the final decision on her application for the event.
Noem also pursued litigation to reinstate the event this year, only to be turned down by a federal judge who sided with NPS’s ruling.