Donald Trump plans to issue a number of executive orders and pardons on his way out of office. including following through on his pledge to build a “Garden of American Heroes.”
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After first announcing plans for the project over the summer, Trump released an executive order on Monday declaring his plans to construct a ridiculously vast list of statues, spanning 250 names from entertainment, sports, literature, and politics with no apparent reasoning as to why, other than that they’re all deceased.
While Trump’s objective for the garden is “to reflect the awesome splendor of our country’s timeless exceptionalism,” there are a few questionable selections on the list of American Heroes - including the recently passed Canadian Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, and German-born political theorist Hannah Arendt.
Black figures like Kobe Bryant, Jackie Robinson, and Rosa Parks are set to receive statues alongside celebrities with noted racist pasts. Also, historical Native American figure Sitting Bull will reside next to none other than President Ulysses S. Grant, the man responsible for driving out his tribe from their lands.
In his executive order, Trump expressed that the National Garden is a response to the removal of monuments celebrating Confederate generals and Christopher Columbus over the summer amidst the Black Lives Matter protests. Likening the garden’s construction to the building of the Freedom Tower following the 9/11 terror attacks.
“In keeping with this tradition, America is responding to the tragic toppling of monuments to our founding generation and the giants of our past by commencing a new national project for their restoration, veneration, and celebration,” reads the executive order.
Where The National Garden will reside or how much it will cost still remains unclear. For now, plans for the undertaking remain just that. Also, it’s entirely possible for President-elect Joe Biden to cancel the project all together, once he takes office and instead putting the money and efforts towards something else, literally anything else.
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