Gov. Noem has message for ESPN analyst who wants term ‘Mount Rushmore’ canceled: ‘Not on my watch’

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem took a stand on Saturday against woke ESPN analyst Jalen Rose who tried to cancel Mount Rushmore earlier last week because he found the monument dedicated to four American presidents “offensive.”

The former NBA star diverged from his sports reporting last week to rant about the bigger-than-life granite sculpture featuring George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt and urged his social media followers to ditch the term “Mount Rushmore” because it represented racism and was built “on top of dead bodies.”

“Can we retire using ‘Mount Rushmore?’” Rose said in a Twitter tirade posted on Wednesday. “That should be offensive to all of us, especially Native Americans, indigenous people who were the first people here before Christopher Columbus, that land was stolen from them when it was discovered that it contained gold.”

“And 25 years later, to add insult to injury, four American presidents were put on what we call Mount Rushmore on the top of the dead bodies that is buried right underneath,” he added.

He then urged his fellow virtue signalers to end the use of the term “Mount Rushmore.”

“So, I call for you and for myself — I’m owning this, too — let’s stop using the term ‘Mount Rushmore’ when we’re talking about our favorite rappers, talking about our favorite movies, talking about our favorite players,” he said. “I know you gonna see this video, and I know you gonna take action.”

The 2 square mile Mount Rushmore National Memorial that was completed in 1927 is located in Noem’s jurisdiction where the Republican governor clapped back at his ignorant attempt to undermine the beauty of the history of the United States.

“The four men on Mount Rushmore were amazing, flawed American leaders who helped make America what it is today – the greatest country the world has ever known,” Noem tweeted.

“To the woke leftists obsessed with attacking these leaders, I’ve got news for you: not on my watch,” she added.

Noem’s supporters on social media agreed with her statement and recognized that just because people aren’t perfect, doesn’t mean their accomplishments shouldn’t be celebrated and memorialized.

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