At a rally in Youngstown, Ohio, on Tuesday evening, Donald Trump said, “Every president on Mount Rushmore believed in protecting American industry. We have to protect our industry. And now we are going to start. We are reclaiming our heritage as a manufacturing nation again.”
Then he joked conspiratorially with his adoring audience:
Now here’s what I do. I’d ask whether or not you someday think I will be on Mount Rushmore. But here’s the problem, if I did it joking, totally joking, having fun, the fake news media will say, “He believes he should be on Mount Rushmore.” So I won’t say it. Okay? I won’t say it.
Then, according to The Hill, the president continued his attack on the press, calling the media “a dishonest group of people,” and said,
They’ll say it anyway, you watch. “Trump thinks he should be on Mount Rushmore.” Isn’t that terrible?
… trump invokes idea of his face on mt rushmore, says media will lie about it, & that's why he won't bring it up (even though he just did) pic.twitter.com/xYOybqfxnv
— fake nick ramsey (@nick_ramsey) July 25, 2017
Here’s a sampling of the best responses from the Twitterverse:
— J D Weinfeld (@RocketCat88) July 26, 2017
— Mikey Rains (@mikey_rains) July 26, 2017
— 🗽Liberty📎; (@anamcmoran) July 26, 2017
— Rob Major (@RobMajor4) July 25, 2017
I'd put Trump on the Mt Rushmore if he'd leave now.
— Sean McGough (@seanmack1025) July 26, 2017
— Miguel Hidalgo (@MiguelHidalgo7) July 26, 2017
trump on mount rushmore pic.twitter.com/UMsNVNCP5l
— vera kowalska (@dialtfortrouble) July 26, 2017
Trump is now musing about whether he should be on Mt Rushmore while also insisting that's not what he's really doing.
— Henry J. Gomez (@HenryJGomez) July 25, 2017