Last year a report by the New York Times emerged claiming that the White House reached out to South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem in 2019 asking for information on the process of adding additional presidents to Mount Rushmore.
A person close to the situation told the Times that Noem greeted Trump upon his arrival for this year’s July Fourth celebration with a four-foot replica of Mount Rushmore with Trump’s face on it.
With Trump now out of the White House, speculation has swirled that there will be monuments or statues made in Trump’s honor.
There has also been speculation that now President Joe Biden and his administration may not add a portrait of Trump in the White House which is a customary procedure.
Because of this, Trump supporters on social media are also once again swirling the rumor that Trump could be added to Mount Rushmore.
So with this in mind, did Trump really ask to have his face up on the most famous Presidential monument of them all? And also will it happen?
Governor Noem stated that Trump’s “dream” is to have his face on Mount Rushmore, a sculpture that features 60-foot-tall faces of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
Back in 2018, Noem said that she and Trump had a conversation about Mount Rushmore in the Oval Office during their first meeting. She says she laughed when Trump first brought it up because she thought he was joking.
“I started laughing,” Noem said. “He wasn’t laughing, so he was totally serious.”
“He said, ‘Kristi, come on over here. Shake my hand, and so I shook his hand, and I said, ‘Mr. President, you should come to South Dakota sometime. We have Mount Rushmore.’ And he goes, ‘Do you know it’s my dream to have my face on Mount Rushmore?'”
Trump also brought up being added to Mount Rushmore back in 2017 at a campaign rally in Youngtown, Ohio.
On social media apps Parler and Gab, users are now using these stories to formulate a story around how Republicans in Congress and the Senate are working with Trump’s aides to make this happen.
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The claims that Trump will be added to Mount Rushmore are unfounded and completely false. There has been no indication that Trump will ever be added.
There has also been no conversation in the House or the Senate about adding Trump to the Monument in the near future. Any claims to this are false.
However, it is a fact that Trump 100% did voice his wishes to be added to Mount Rushmore and was corroborated by the Governor of North Dakota.