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CNN on Friday depicted Mount Rushmore as “slave owners” situated on stolen land, after praising the monument for its cultural significance back in 2016, during a segment with then-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Grabien’s Tom Elliot tweeted a clip of network correspondent Leyla Santiago saying Mount Rushmore sits on land that was stolen from Native Americans, just hours ahead of a speech by President Trump.
“President Trump will be at Mount Rushmore, where he’ll be standing in front of a monument of two slave owners and on land wrestled away from Native Americans,” she said. “I’m told that, uh, he’ll be focusing on the effort to ‘tear down our country’s history.'”
This clashes, however, with a CNN segment from 2016 in which Sanders marveled at the structure, saying that it represents the best of what the United States has to offer.
“This is our country at it’s very best,” he said. “What an incredible achievement.”
A CNN reporter’s voice can then be heard talking about the “majesty of the moment,” before calling Mount Rushmore a “monument to four great American presidents.”
Sanders added, “Just the accomplishment and the beauty — it really does make one very proud to be an American.”
Trump is scheduled to speak at Mount Rushmore Friday night, where he is expected to address various protests throughout the United States that have resulted in riots and the tearing down of historical monuments.
Fox News reached out to CNN about the discrepancy but did not receive a reply to the request for comment.