Just two days before he left office, Trump signed an executive order that spelled out who would be honored at the new memorial: Everyone from Paul Revere to Ray Charles, Whittaker Chambers to Whitney Houston. Others on the list: Alex Trebek and Kobe Bryant.
Trump already had announced plans for the National Garden, in a speech at Mount Rushmore last July when he called for a vast park that would feature “the statues of the greatest Americans to ever live.”
It was a response in part to the pulling down of statutes during protests following the death of George Floyd, as well as the planned removal of Confederate monuments across the country.
Planners of the National Garden had envisioned a massive monument,