For days, the liberal media railed over the idea that President Donald Trump wanted to display America’s new Abrams tanks during his “Salute to America” celebration on the 4th of July.
The president was accused of being a “tyrant,” and a “dictator.” Critics claimed he was “militarizing” the event, shamelessly referencing Tienanmen Square in Beijing, where the Chinese government rolled tanks in to quell student-led demonstrations in 1989.
The hyperventilating ignored previous events in Washington, D.C., where military hardware was featured. Events like the inaugurations of Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy — hell, JFK even included missiles.
The reaction to displaying tanks during an announced tribute to our Armed Forces is the latest example of the unhinged, toxic resistance to President Trump, where petty attacks over the smallest of things receive wall-to-wall coverage on certain networks.
Mollie Hemingway appeared on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” to say it was much ado about nothing.
Expressing disappointment, she noted that there were just “a couple of tanks” — it’s almost like Trump set the media up to fail. Again.
“There was so much opposition to having tanks and I found out there were only a couple of tanks,” Hemingway said. “It’s almost disappointing. I love seeing our — I love our military, I love seeing our military aircraft and tanks and whatnot and to find out it was only a couple of tanks to have all this opposition to it, if anything, the disappointment should be that there aren’t more tanks.”
Hemingway, a senior editor at the online magazine The Federalist and a contributor for Fox News, called for all presidents to hold events similar to Thursday’s “Salute to American” to mark the 4th of July.
Washington Examiner editor-in-chief Hugo Gurdon, calling attention to Harvard Law professor Laurence Tribe comparing it to Tienanmen Square, said it’s “absolute stuff of nonsense.”
“It all depends on the context,” he insisted. “Where I’m from in Britain, every morning a squadron of cavalry rides with sabers drawn down the mall towards Buckingham Palace — it doesn’t mean there’s a coup.”
“It’s just a way that the left-wing are trying to make President Trump seem like he’s authoritarian,” Gurdon added. “And it’s rubbish.”
The resemblance to days before Tiananmen Square is chilling. https://t.co/cFJJZzL4F7
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 2, 2019
Josh Kraushaar, political editor for National Journal, chimed in to say, “Democrats certainly know how to overreach.”
After Hemingway noted her disappointment that there weren’t more tanks, Gurdon seemed to nail what the opposition was really all about.
“I think that one of the reasons there’s so much opposition is his opponents — the president opponents and critics — think that a lot of people might enjoy it.”
Fox News’ fill-in host Mike Emanuel then interrupted to point out that Air Force One was doing a fly-over of the National Mall, before Gurdon added that there “probably is a certain amount of political calculation in the president wanting to do this.”
“His primary promise was to make America great again, so it’s hardly surprising that he wants to show American greatness, and that might include military equipment,” he said. “JFK has had a military parade. Eisenhower had a military parade. This isn’t unprecedented, and I think people are making a lot of fuss.”
When all was said and done, conservative radio personality and TV host Mark Levin lit into the media as well, for its blatant bias and hyperbole:
The unhinged media crackpots who spent days trashing the president during the lead up to the Independence Day celebration once again reveal themselves as contemptible frauds. It was a beautiful event. His speech was patriotic and terrific.There was nothing political about it…
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) July 5, 2019
…refusing to cover it in real time despite spending untold hours propagandizing against it and the entire event before the July 4th celebration. Absolutely disgusting behavior yet par for the course.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) July 5, 2019
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