If you weren’t sure how highly President Trump thinks of himself, the White House inquired last year as to how to get a fifth face up on Mount Rushmore, according to a new article from The New York Times.
Trump’s interest in having his face etched into the famous mountain is no secret. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem previously recalled a conversation she had with Trump when he was newer to the presidency.
“He said, ‘Kristi, come on over here. Shake my hand,’” she said. “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?’”
Apparently in 2019, Trump took strides to see if that dream could become a reality.
A Republican official familiar with the conversation told The New York Times that a White House aide spoke with Governor Noem’s office last year to ask about the process for adding “additional presidents” to Mount Rushmore.
Fortunately for the majority of the country who didn’t vote for Trump as well as the majority that disapproves of the job he’s been doing as president, adding another face to the monument seems to be impossible. The Argus Leader reports that the remaining surface is too unstable for carving.
“When Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor of Mount Rushmore died in 1941, his son Lincoln Borglum closed down the project and stated that no more carvable rock existed,” said Mount Rushmore National Memorial Chief of Interpretation and Education Maureen McGee-Ballinger.
And while Governor Noem went ahead and stroked Trump’s impossibly inflated ego by presenting him with a four-foot tall replica of Mount Rushmore with his own face added in, the internet was not quite so kind upon hearing the president’s sky-high desires.
The last thing we need is Trump in office for another four years, but the second last thing we need is a 60 foot tall reminder of our nation’s failures carved in stone. We have enough monuments to awful people throughout America’s history as it is.