May 14, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden cancels Trump's "National Garden of American Heroes"

Photo of a masked Joe Biden sitting in a chair in the Oval Office

Photo: T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday abolished the Trump-formed task force to create a new monument, the planned "National Garden of American Heroes."

Flashback: Former President Trump cited "dangerous anti-American extremism" as a motivation behind the sculpture garden, which he said would be "America’s answer to this reckless attempt to erase our heroes, values and entire way of life."

  • Trump proposed statues of "historically significant Americans" including presidents, athletes and pop culture icons including Frederick Douglass, Thomas Jefferson and Betsy Ross.
  • He also floated the names of Christopher Columbus and Junipero Serra, two Europeans who contributed to the colonization of North America and Native American genocide.

The big picture: Biden was not expected to move forward with Friday's executive order, which was largely a response to racial justice protests and the controversy over removal of monuments to Confederate leaders, per Politico.

  • Of note: No location had been selected for Trump's hopeful garden and it had not been funded by Congress.
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