Protesters blocked an access road to Mount Rushmore Friday, hours before President Donald Trump was set to give a speech to kick off Independence Day weekend.
Then, tow trucks came in and cleared out the disabled vans blocking the street to Trump’s rally.
Crowds cheer as tow trucks move the disabled vans blocking the street to Pres. Trump’s speech at Mt. Rushmore: pic.twitter.com/cGwvylhmXq
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) July 4, 2020
BREAKING: Tow trucks removed protestors vans that blocked us from getting into Mt Rushmore pic.twitter.com/lnDF28HVGI
— Tanya Tay Posobiec (@realTanyaTay) July 4, 2020
Fox News reports: According to the Associated Press, the protest group was mostly Native Americans protesting that South Dakota’s Black Hills were taken from the Lakota people against treaty agreements.
One group parked three vans across the road and took the tires from two of them to make it more difficult to remove them.
Several demonstrators climbed on top of the vans chanting “Land back!” Police warned the protesters to disperse but didn’t take any immediate action against them.
The sheriff’s office said attendees had been told to arrive early so should have been past the roadblock. However, the Rapid City Journal reported that some motorists who had tickets for Friday evening’s fireworks show were unable to get through the protests and were standing by their cars watching the standoff.
The Journal also reported that law enforcement in riot gear as well as members of the National Guard had arrived on the scene and declared an unlawful assembly.
The news outlet reported that the lower bowl of the amptheater where Trump was scheduled to speak at approximately 8:50 p.m. local time was full, but there were many empty seats in the upper level.
President Trump has been outspoken against the recent protests happening nationwide, targeting historical monuments and statues demonstrators feel represent a pattern of systematic racism in the U.S.
Sources confirmed for Fox News earlier Friday that President Trump planned on addressing the “totalitarian behavior that is completely alien to American life” and the “cancel culture” he believes is being pushed by the left.
He is also expected to emphasize America’s history as a “great and virtuous country.”
“You can expect the president to express strong support for America’s military, the men and women of our police, and so many of our cherished principles and institutions that are under attack daily from the left,” a senior administration official told Fox News in a statement Friday evening.
Riot police and the National Guard are facing off with protesters at Mount Rushmore protecting their sovereign land against an infestation of unwanted people. pic.twitter.com/MZiov7x2Ds
— Johnny Akzam (@JohnnyAkzam) July 4, 2020
It looks like police are again preparing to pepper spray or tear gas protestors-this time it's at Mount Rushmore on the 4th of July. No words. pic.twitter.com/9zDX2DYfR2
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) July 4, 2020
Protestors on the front line are telling the national guard to leave, that they want them home with their families, that there is still a chance to do the right thing that is long overdue
— Erin Bormett (@EEBormett) July 3, 2020
— Jesse Damiani (@JesseDamiani) July 4, 2020
Riot police have arrived on the scene pic.twitter.com/lgLda4cyF5
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 3, 2020