SD Gov Sues Biden Admin Over Rushmore Fireworks

Fox News reports:

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem sued the Biden administration on Friday after it canceled the Independence Day fireworks celebration at Mount Rushmore, demanding the court “expeditiously” issue a permit for the event to take place.

Noem, a Republican, filed a lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division. Last year, South Dakota hosted the fireworks display for the first time since 2009, after having been canceled due to wildfire risks.

The event included an appearance from former President Donald Trump, provoking criticism that the state disregarded guidance on social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

Axios reports:

Context: The National Parks Service denied the permits over tribal opposition to the celebration and potential risks regarding the health and safety of both the park and guests, citing the coronavirus pandemic and fire hazards.

The governor, who is viewed as a potential 2024 GOP presidential candidate, is demanding a federal court “expeditiously” issue a permit for the event to take place.

Noem claims the Biden administration has “departed from longstanding precedent and reneged on this agreement without any meaningful explanation.”

The New York Post reports:

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed that his face would be added to Mount Rushmore if he were a Democrat.

Trump’s allies have long flattered him with the idea that his likeness belongs in granite alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.

“I know, I know — yeah, I would have,” Trump told host Dan Bongino during a podcast discussion published Wednesday.