The Trump train does not need a Trump parade.
In a White House press briefing earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the Pentagon is “putting together some options” for a military parade proposed by the commander-in-chief himself.
Don’t get me wrong, the U.S. military has paraded through Washington before, but that was during times of celebration after victories in WWII and the 41-day gulf war.
So what is Trump celebrating?
The $20 trillion U.S. national debt that rises daily?
Congress’s failure to reach a bipartisan budget deal and an agreement for DACA?
Or maybe it’s his low approval ratings.
One thing’s for sure: Trump is more concerned with stroking his ego than doing his job, which is running the country.
The Washington Post first reported Trump’s proposal on Tuesday, saying his order for this parade was inspired by a similar spectacle he saw in France, celebrating Bastille Day. An event that symbolizes revolution and the overthrowing of a long-standing monarchy.
Choosing to show off the military for absolutely no reason is not only one of the biggest wastes of Trump’s time. It’s a waste of the taxpayers’ dollars.
And let’s not forget to call this what it really is: undemocratic.
The president is using his power as commander-in-chief to politicize the military and further divide the country, relying on patriotism as his coverup.
Rather than focusing on the issues that truly plague our country – such as healthcare, immigration and the opioid epidemic – the Trump administration cares more about deflection, division and deception.
Trump is willing to sacrifice the well-being of our country in favor of his own personal agenda, claiming it’s for military celebration.
In regards to the parade, U.S. Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state, the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee said, “A military parade like this – one that is unduly focused on a single person – is what authoritarian regimes do, not democracies.”
Trump’s parade proposal further proves that his presidency is dependant upon the facade that he is actually doing his job well.