Trump demands tanks on the Mall as part of his quest to make the Fourth of July all about himself

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Donald Trump’s plans to make Washington, D.C.’s Fourth of July celebration all about him are moving forward, though it’s hard to really call them plans. More of a spoiled child’s wish list that government officials are trying to figure out how to deal with. With just days to go, the National Park Service and the Pentagon are grappling with Trump’s demand for tanks stationed around the Mall.

Trump has already demanded, and will get, a flyover by military aircraft and a Blue Angels show. Tanks have been on his wish list since he saw a Bastille Day parade, but the tank-filled 2018 Veterans’ Day parade he wanted didn’t happen amid concerns about cost and damage to District streets by the heavy vehicles, both relevant concerns this week as well. One reason everything is so confused three days ahead of the planned event is that Trump himself is micromanaging it to fit his ego, rather than designating a professional event planner to set the details.

This whole thing is so egregious on so many levels. As the head of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks told The Washington Post, “It’s irresponsible to ask the National Park Service to absorb the costs of an additional and political event when there are so many unmet needs in the parks.” You know, needs like dealing with wildfire damage and accommodating hundreds of millions of visitors.

Then there’s the wannabe military dictator flavor to it all, with Trump taking a longstanding D.C. celebration, adding huge amounts of military hardware, and making it all about himself. It’s grotesque, it’s irresponsible, and it’s more than a little scary.

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William Stefensus
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William Stefensus

Not in this or any lifetime. This is still a democracy , not an authoritarian state, and we have not had war machines as part of our national holiday celebrations, with the rare exception to mark the end of the great war and will not start now. And, especially not for the vanity if our current incompetent, narcissistic, idiotic, sociopathic manbaby-in-chief.

Michael owens
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Michael owens

But there all gutles..it will happen

Rick Bevilacqua
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Rick Bevilacqua

Just like any respectable dictator. Col. Bone Spurs loves the military and shows of power. He just doesn’t want to participate. Yea, that’s him cowering in the corner because he heard a pop!! One more step towards tyranny.

Rose
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Rose

Trump and the entire GOP, who enables him, makes me sick.

Independent
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Independent
THEN JUST DO NOT DO IT Tell him when he pays what he owes the cities for his campaign ecents you will talk to him. He cannot continue to spend money that is not his like the raging maniac he is. It is ours and needed for more appropriate things. He has not even acknowledged the damage and cost to the middle states etc as a result of the floods, tornadoes etc Just like when a two year old is throwing a fit JUST SAY NO. The more you let him get away with the more obnoxious he gets I… Read more »
DHG
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He can have them as long as they fire at him.

MamaD
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MamaD

No, No and HELL NO!!! Will someone please drag that S.O.B. off to prison where he belongs. We are not North Korea, he is NOT our “leader”, he’s a lying conman trying to become a dictator and the republicans are letting him go there!!!!

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

I’m for it if they put him under the tanks. It’s for Congress to put that SOB back into the “Cuckoo’s Nest”

David Bishop
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David Bishop

Someone please get this 5 year old some Tonka toys for his birthday.

Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf

Someone needs to check the ‘stickers’ on these tanks, they might be made in China, courtesy of Elaine Chao.