Underscoring his authoritarian tendencies, popular vote loser Donald Trump earlier this week demanded that the Pentagon start planning a big, shiny, patriotic parade to “honor the military.”
- Retired General Paul Eaton issued a blistering takedown.
Eaton said Trump has “continually shown himself to have authoritarian tendencies” and the parade idea was “just another worrisome example,” according to a tweeted statement from VoteVets, a progressive political action committee.
- Senator Tammy Duckworth blasted Trump with this response.
“We don’t live in a dictatorship or a monarchy. I swore an oath—in the military and in the Senate—to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, not to mindlessly cater to the whims of Cadet Bone Spurs and clap when he demands I clap”
- The New Yorker published this hilarious satire.
- Even Fox and Friends, one of Trump’s biggest enablers in conservative media, thinks it’s a waste of resources.
But the best rebuke of Trump’s latest ego boosting idea came in this short and simple response from America’s wise newscaster, Dan Rather, on his Facebook page:
“Military Parades are not participation trophies you get for being President. We’ve had them in the past. When we won wars. Now Americans are still serving in harm’s way around the globe (including America’s longest war – Afghanistan). There is no Mission Accomplished, except stroking an ego.”
Indeed, Mr. Rather. We don’t have anything to celebrate currently, Donald, so it’s pretty transparent you only want this parade to stroke your ego, and hopefully distract from the investigation into your multiple criminal endeavors.