As soon as news broke that President Donald Trump ordered high-ranking military officials to plan a parade in his honor, Twitter reacted with predictable disgust.
“If he wanted to take part in a military parade,” one user noted, “maybe he shouldn’t have dodged the draft.”
NBC news correspondent Steve Kornacki noted that the last time the US held a military parade was nearly 27 years ago in 1991.
The last time there was a military parade like Trump is reportedly urging was to celebrate the Gulf War victory on June 9, 1991: pic.twitter.com/qwdkgSpNpT
— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) February 6, 2018
“Enough of this authoritarian BS,” yet another user noted. “Trump doesn’t want to emulate France. He wants to emulate North Korea. And pre-war Germany.”
Are the receipts from Mar-a-lago going to pay for this? Are the Koch brothers? NO! Enough of this authoritarian BS. Trump doesn't want to emulate France. He wants to emulate North Korea. And pre-war Germany. https://t.co/0KSVfFEzK4
— Carpe Diem (@CaptCarpeDiem) February 6, 2018
Check out more responses to the president’s dictatorial request below:
— Leonard Pitts, Jr. (@LeonardPittsJr1) February 6, 2018
Spoiled rich boy demands he be able to play with his toys if he can’t even use a small nuke for fun. The good people of a once proud nation continue to watch and hope this doesn’t end in dictatorial rule. https://t.co/ctchQfOjyL
— Ian Livingston (@islivingston) February 6, 2018
Trump has ordered a large military parade similar to how the Soviet Union used to do it. What’s his obsession with the Soviets? Does he know that this went out of style decades ago and the Soviet Union collapsed?
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) February 6, 2018
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) February 6, 2018
Maybe we compromise and copy Japan's military parade? pic.twitter.com/iibMGVL3C6
— Scott Lincicome (@scottlincicome) February 6, 2018
Military parades are for insecure countries. They're the national equivalent of the mid-life-crisis sports car. https://t.co/23O8wxKci1
— Arieh Kovler (@ariehkovler) February 6, 2018