President Trump tweeted out a Memorial Day message noting that those who died serving this country “would be very happy and proud” at how well the U.S. is doing today.
The president’s tweet on Monday also touted the economy, unemployment rates and rebuilding of the American military.
Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2018
Naturally, Trump’s message – like all his tweets which are analyzed by the left for every nuance to be used against him – sparked a round of backlash. Critics attacked the president for daring to use his Memorial Day message as a platform for celebrating the accomplishments of his presidency instead of focusing on military service members who died in the line of duty.
My advice, FWIW: If you happen to have encountered this tweet, as I did–put it out of mind. There are so many appropriate expressions of respect and appreciation on this Memorial Day that deserve your attention, and that reflect well on the country. Attend to them. Ignore Trump. https://t.co/w5O7Ik0VUD
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) May 28, 2018
Many people question this president, but it’s no small achievement to write the grossest, most inappropriate, most self-flattering Memorial Day message in the history of the US presidency https://t.co/t8JN7JNwdg
— David Frum (@davidfrum) May 28, 2018
Trump has a long history of making holidays about him, but this might be the first time he has spoken for dead people. pic.twitter.com/Fww6moxHwB
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 28, 2018
Hey @realDonaldTrump , I fixed this for you. #MemorialDay pic.twitter.com/e2SwjQ55an
— Brandon Wolf (@bjoewolf) May 28, 2018
So in case you were wondering if Trump would make Memorial Day about him https://t.co/Ndrg9TJfrW
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) May 28, 2018
— Paul Szoldra (@PaulSzoldra) May 28, 2018
Even Dictionary.com got in on the hating.
Memorial Day is defined as “a day set aside in most states of the U.S. for observances in memory of dead members of the armed forces of all wars.”
Not found: Economic reports https://t.co/SFer0sLGgR https://t.co/0upU2gdIcC
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) May 28, 2018
— Brittany B (@britstampedex) May 28, 2018
But Trump’s supporters saw nothing wrong in his tweet, just happy to have a president who even cared about members of the military.
Exactly??? Not one thing all these butt hurt snowflakes know how to do is attack greatness… they really have a problem with US doing well.
— Mark Whitrock (@MarkWhitrock) May 28, 2018
Our country is great again because of President Trump’s leadership abilities, Obama did nothing but take this country down, but like everything Obama did he failed, thank God!
— FredrickJChiaramonte (@fjchiaramonte) May 28, 2018
Happy Memorial Day to you sir.
— Dr Jim Dalfino (@jjddc1) May 28, 2018
The president also attended a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia on Monday morning.
Today, President Trump participated in a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery to honor and remember our nations heroes for making the ultimate sacrifice. pic.twitter.com/0HOUH1cFEx
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 28, 2018
Today we honor and remember the American heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country and our freedom. pic.twitter.com/GDGC8ZGlSL
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 28, 2018
Trump laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, standing beside Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Chief of Staff John Kelly, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney and Labor Secretary Alex Acosta also attended the ceremony.
.@POTUS: “This is a very special day. Today our whole country thanks you, embraces you, and pledges to you: We will never forget our heroes.” #MemorialDay pic.twitter.com/wQbELXoFRM
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) May 28, 2018
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