(USA Features) South Dakota GOP Gov. Kristi Noem blasted President Joe Biden from Mount Rushmore on Sunday after the administration rejected an appeal by her state to put on a fireworks display at the National Monument this year.
“It’s a beautiful day. I really wish that we were able to have fireworks here this year, probably not gonna happen because of the Biden administration, but look at all the wonderful people still enjoying this monument to history,” Noem said in a video from the monument posted to Twitter.
The first fireworks display since 2009 was held at the monument last year with the permission of then-President Donald Trump’s administration and in fact, he showed up for the Independence Day celebration.
But this year, the National Park Service has turned down South Dakota’s request, claiming that there are too many risks including the COVID-19 pandemic, a construction project at the site and environmental factors.
South Dakota filed a lawsuit in an attempt to get the decision overturned, but a federal court ruled against the state.
“After telling us they’d ‘circle back,’ the Biden Administration has not responded to our request to uphold the Memorandum Agreement between the State of South Dakota and the National Parks Service to host a safe and responsible national celebration and fireworks show,” Noem wrote in the suit.
Later, Noem ripped Biden for hypocrisy after he announced there will be a fireworks display in Washington, D.C., this year.
“What a hypocrite. President @JoeBiden wants ‘a summer of freedom’ where we ‘mark independence from the virus by celebrating with events across the country,'” Noem tweeted after the announcement. “Translation: fireworks are fine at the White House, but not at Mount Rushmore.”