After seeing a military parade in France to celebrate Bastille Day last summer, President Trump asked the Pentagon to look into doing something similar here in America.
Although the plan is still in the “brainstorming” phase with no “meat on the bones,” according to a White House official who spoke to the Washington Post on condition of anonymity, President Trump expressed his wish for such a parade during a meeting with top military brass, and now it’s being “suddenly heard as a presidential directive,” according to the Post.
“The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” an anonymous military official said. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”
On Tuesday night, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders explained Trump’s motives in a statement:
“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe. He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.”
If it comes to fruition, Pentagon officials are reportedly hoping to put on the parade around Veterans Day as opposed to Memorial Day or Independence Day, since it would be less perceived as being tied to the president.
Naturally, liberals went completely bonkers over the notion of the United States putting on such a parade, because apparently only totalitarian regimes are allowed to do this sort of thing.
California Rep. Jackie Speier went so far as to compare Trump to Napoleon Bonaparte during a Tuesday CNN interview.
Rep. Jackie Speier on President Trump's interest in a military parade: "I was stunned by it, to be quite honest. … We have a Napoleon in the making here." https://t.co/FKB39bAlIt pic.twitter.com/rQQD67Pe3G
— CNN (@CNN) February 7, 2018
“I was stunned by it to be quite honest. I mean, we have a Napoleon in the making here,” Speier told Anderson Cooper. “And I believe that we have so many issues around the world in terms of preparing for wars that are ongoing, and wars that may be in the offing because of what’s happening in North Korea, that I would say that it’s really a waste of money. I think everyone should be offended by his need to always be showing. He’s truly Napoleon-like.”
Well, at least Speier didn’t go all “North Korea” on the president, like CNN’s Erin Burnett:
“Look, you have of course the North Korea parallels, the big military parades and the standing and applauding,” said Burnett, “Is it fair to make that analogy?”
“I think it’s very fair,” responded Joan Walsh. “This is not something that we do. We also know that the president actually wanted there to be tanks and other military equipment during his Inaugural parade but was told the streets of Washington wouldn’t stand for it.”
The president got plenty of Twitter hate for his plan:
Obama wasn't a King.
Trump isn't a King either. My side needs to quit treating him like one.
We don't elect Kings in this country, remember?
No military parade.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 7, 2018
Trump WON’T spend money on:
-The American people
-Roads, bridges & tunnels
Trump WILL spend money on:
-Grand military parade
-A helicopter pad
-Paying off pornstars
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 7, 2018
Retired Major General Paul Eaton says @realDonaldTrump's parade idea underscores his authoritarian tendencies, and that our military is not there to be "used and abused" to prop up his image.
VoteVets full statement on Trump's orders for a military parade. pic.twitter.com/Am7uSSWZfo
— VoteVets (@votevets) February 7, 2018
Trump is directing the Pentagon to have a military parade – at the taxpayer’s expense.
Remember, he wanted this for his inauguration.
This is what dictators do: show off supremacy of their military.
Fascists like fascism.
— Trinity (@TrinityResists) February 7, 2018
Military parade for bone spur coward Trump? We need to organize a massive moon response. Call the Brits. They know how to do this.
— Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) February 7, 2018
And some support as well:
The anonymous White House official downplayed these concerns by telling the Post that such an event would be “the opposite” of totalitarian, but rather a “celebration of the men and women who give us freedom,” and a “warning” to its enemies.
What do you think? Would a military-style parade spur you to celebrate the military’s role in protecting our freedom, or would it conjure images of North Korea or Soviet Russia?
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