Famously notorious for his own tweets, the American president has found himself firmly in the firing line on social media from politicians, former military experts as well as members of the general public after it was revealed Mr. Trump now wants to stage an elaborate parade later this year to show off its military might and appreciation for the armed forces.
The controversial move has, however, resulted in the president being accused by one political opponent Jim McGovern, a Republican congressman, of acting like a "dictator" and wasting an absurd amount of money. another critic even suggested if Mr. Trump wanted to take part in a military parade, he shouldn't have dodged the draft.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed it was the president's intention to witness troops marching and tanks rolling as part of a celebration, although no date has been arranged. It is believed Mr. Trump struck on the idea after attending the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris last year as the guest of the French president Emmanuel Macron.
AMERICA will once again be a NATION that thinks big, dreams bigger, and always reaches for the stars. YOU are the ones who will shape America’s destiny. YOU are the ones who will restore our prosperity. And YOU are the ones who are MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! #MAGA pic.twitter.com/f2abNK47II— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 18 January 2018
If this Military Parade actually happens to celebrate US military service men and woman.. who’s down to come to Washington with me to support and see it??? #merica— Colleen McAndrews (@colllllxo) 7 February 2018
Looking at options
Pentagon spokesman Charlie Summers said officials are aware of the request and are "looking at options" despite the US having previously not traditionally embraced displays of raw military power unlike some others to act as a warning of its capabilities.
US military members have, however, commonly participated in parades on July 4 and other holidays as a mark of appreciation of those veterans who have been killed or injured during conflicts.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has, so far, declined to comment publicly on the suggestion of a major military parade being held in Washington. He did attend a meeting on January 18 at which Mr.Trump made his views clear to senior generals at the Pentagon. Later an unidentified military official said: "The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France."
Everyone in the armed forces should claim they have bone spurs and do the parade riding golf carts. https://t.co/7Z5RfRx2bi— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) 7 February 2018
Maybe we compromise and copy Japan's military parade? pic.twitter.com/iibMGVL3C6— Scott Lincicome (@scottlincicome) 6 February 2018
Not our thing as Americans. pic.twitter.com/F6rME1xoQN— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) 7 February 2018
As news emerged critics of the US president quickly took to social media to vent their views, many attacking the proposal while Democratic congressman Jim McGovern described the idea as an "absurd waste of money" from a president who "acts like a dictator."
Since people didn’t show up for his inauguration, Trump wants to re-stage it with people who he can order to show up. https://t.co/rPTDEDRuqU— Adam Jentleson (@AJentleson) 6 February 2018
He was supported by John Kirby, a retired Navy rear admiral and former spokesman for the State Department and the Pentagon, who described it as a bad idea. "The United States doesn't need a parade down Pennsylvania or any other avenue to show our military strength. We do that every day in virtually every clime all over the world."
This response to Trump’s military parade request from Fmr US Army General Paul Eaton is everything: "The military is not Donald Trump's to use & abuse this way. Our military is the very best in the world, they are not to be reduced to stagecraft to prop up Donald Trump's image"— Scott Dworkin (@funder) 7 февраля 2018 г.
Hey Trump— Alison Greene (@GrassrootsSpeak) 7 февраля 2018 г.
We’re entitled to our own opinions
You can’t dictate we must clap or say nice things about you
If we spot a lie we’ll call it out
We don’t have to watch State Run Fox media
& if you hold a parade we may decide to put on the biggest protests EVER
That’s the American way
There are roughly 40 k homeless veterans in the United States.— Love letter to the jerks. (@lettertoajerk) 7 февраля 2018 г.
Trump wants to throw a parade, because he liked the one in France celebrating Bastille Day. At enormous $$.
How is this even reality?
What utter narcissism.
How are people not panicking at the familiarity of this.