Former U.S. Navy SEAL Robert J. O’Neill, the man who takes credit for firing the shots that killed Osama bin Laden, is no fan of President Donald Trump‘s desire to hold a military parade so Americans can show their appreciation.
— David Trender (@IceTrends) May 3, 2017
And O’Neill wasn’t shy about stating his reason for opposing Trump’s proposal.
“A military parade is third world bullsh*t. We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation,” O’Neill tweeted.
A military parade is third world bullshit. We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation.
— Robert J. O'Neill (@mchooyah) February 8, 2018
Armed Forces Day, which was created on August 31, 1949, is celebrated in the US on the third Saturday in May.
President Trump’s interest in a parade reportedly intensified after seeing Bastille Day celebrations last summer during a trip to France.
If the Left considers Trump’s idea of a military parade to be fascist, what does it make of the annual French celebration of Bastille Day? pic.twitter.com/29lV8njudB
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) February 8, 2018
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders expanded on Trump’s request on Tuesday.
“President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” Sanders stated. “He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which Americans can show their appreciation.”
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) February 7, 2018
U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed on Wednesday the military is “putting together some options” on holding a celebration, saying they will send them to the White House.
Trump has long desired a military celebration of himself. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed that a parade is actually being planned. pic.twitter.com/ncL5WUYvx4
— VICE News (@VICENews) February 7, 2018
As for O’Neill’s stance, he clarified it somewhat in replying to a tweet that spoke of Russia and France holding military parades.
“Yes. Third World,” he tweeted. “If Russia or France were powerful enough to take over the world, they would. We are yet we don’t. That’s called First World.”
And while the former Navy SEAL is respected for his service to the country, not all were in agreement with his position:
What a fabulous idea! Our troops sure deserve it!
They deserve to be respected, honored and celebrated!
This is not about Trump…its about our military.
— 👑💥 Princess 💥👑 (@polishprincessh) February 7, 2018
.@POTUS: 'Nobody honors #Vets. We gotta honor our brave servicemen & women! They need a celebration. A parade! Yes! A PARADE!! That's it! #Trump is the first one to honor the military!' No one else thought of it! (I mean, unless you don't count Memorial Day and Veteran's Day…)
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) February 8, 2018
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