The US president’s unique interpretation of the declaration of independence was on full display on Thursday when he staged a militaristic, jingoistic and untraditional jamboree at the Lincoln memorial in Washington to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Trump did not fulfill his critics’ worst fears of a politically partisan, campaign-style rally with his “Salute to America” event. Indeed, in a rare plea for unity as he spoke beneath the statue of Abraham Lincoln, he told the crowd: “We are one people chasing one dream and one magnificent destiny. We all share the same heroes, the same home, the same heart, and we are all made by the same almighty God.”
The president did, however, provide the bombastic show of military might that had been widely predicted. Whereas he once liked to build suspense as host of the reality TV show The Apprentice, Trump now has the world’s most fearsome arsenal at his disposal – and he showed it off.
TRUMPDEPENDENCE DAY: Pres. Trump has taken over the traditional July 4th celebration on the National Mall to throw a taxpayer-funded event with military tanks, fighter jets, fireworks, 'and an address by your favorite President, me!' $2.5 million has been diverted from the National Park Service to help cover it. The White House has ordered the Pentagon not to reveal the military cost. It is illegal to throw a campaign rally with taxpayer money, but Trump says there is nothing political about the event. However, VIP tickets are being distributed by the Republican Nat'l Committee.
Posted by NowThis Politics on Thursday, July 4, 2019