The president of the United States, Donald Trump, affirmed this Saturday at a rally in Muskegon (Michigan) that while he is in office, the name of the federal holiday of Columbus Day, on October 12, will not be changed to Columbus Day. Indigenous Peoples, as some sectors advocate.
“Last week (Joe) Biden attacked Christopher Columbus refusing to recognize Columbus Day, and he wants to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Who likes that idea?” Trump said.
Biden “wants to change it to Indigenous Peoples Day, not while I’m president,” Trump said.
On October 12, Biden published a statement on “Indigenous Peoples Day” in which he asked to recognize the past and urged a commitment to collaborate and for equal opportunities for the country’s tribal nations, but at no time He proposed changing the name to the holiday.
In his speech, Trump made mention of the attacks in recent months on statues of leaders of the Confederacy (the grouping of southern states that defended slavery in the Civil War against those of the north), of the country’s founding fathers and of explorers linked to the Spanish conquest, such as Columbus, produced in the heat of the wave of racial protests in the United States.
“Where does this way of thinking come from? Where does this evil come from? We have to stop it and we have seen how Drowsy Joe (as Trump nicknames Biden) not say anything about Christopher Columbus,” said the president.
Columbus Day is a federal holiday, but in recent years some states such as Maine, Vermont, New Mexico, Alaska, Minnesota, Oregon, Hawaii and South Dakota have passed laws to replace the name of the holiday.
At his rally, Trump blamed “radical anarchists” and, specifically, the Antifa movement for being behind the attacks on statues in the country and recalled that he signed a law whereby you can spend ten years in jail if attacked such a federal monument.
In June, the president signed an order to protect monuments, memorials and statues after they came under attack amid racial protests, and punishing those responsible with “long prison terms”.
Under the executive order, the federal government will ensure that anyone who attacks monuments is prosecuted and faces penalties of up to ten years in prison. The order also establishes that federal security forces will intervene to protect the monuments when local authorities do not.