'We Will Celebrate Our Independence Day on November 3, 2020'
Many patriotic Americans are furious that President Donald Trump is turning the historically nonpartisan Independence Day celebration in Washington, D.C. into a taxpayer-funded partisan campaign rally and military parade.
Tanks, a brand new $215 million helicopter that will serve as Marine One when the president is on board, a team military jet fighters, including the F-22 Raptor and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, an Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, along with the Navy’s Blue Angels, and even one of the planes used as Air Force One, will all be doing flyovers.
President Trump is giddy.
Our July 4th Salute to America at the Lincoln Memorial is looking to be really big. It will be the show of a lifetime!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1562156190.0
Many Americans are not.
On social media #BoycottTrump4thOfJuly is trending, and at the Pentagon some of Trump's top military brass are going to do just that.
"Most top military chiefs [are] skipping Trump's July Fourth fest," Politico reports.
"The only service chief in attendance will be Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz. Instead of their top officers, the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps are sending a group of their next tier of leaders," according to Politico. "Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, acting Air Force Secretary Matthew Donovan and James McPherson, an official performing the duties of Army undersecretary, will be there representing the services' civilian leadership."
Perhaps to make up for the lack of military leaders, the White House has given the RNC a reportedly large number of tickets to hand out to VIP donors. The DNC was not given any, making clear this is a totally partisan event, despite Trump's claims.
Here's what some are saying about the boycott:
And here we are in the year 2019, as a dictatorial president is politicizing Independence Day and rolling out tanks… https://t.co/XyK5mJFarx— Michelangelo Signorile (@Michelangelo Signorile) 1562165857.0
We are not a weak nation but, our leaders act weakly, weekly. #kimforcongress #BoycottTrump4thOfJuly https://t.co/AWUtLejh89— Colonel Kim Olson (@Colonel Kim Olson) 1562173104.0
Dear @GOP: Can you imagine if Obama spent all this money on a needless fascist military display, funneled money fr… https://t.co/7Fy7rkIQA1— Eric Wolfson (@Eric Wolfson) 1562151245.0
He's stealing millions from the National Park Service in service of the Republican National Committee. DO NOT CONG… https://t.co/FAmjW1Usk9— Grant Stern (@Grant Stern) 1562160527.0
Glad Republicans are focused on the bigger picture. Poverty rate is 12.3% and there are 63,000 structurally deficie… https://t.co/D5mRppTk50— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo) 1562158319.0
A military parade with tanks and fighters in Washington D.C. is the soulless rot of a man who owns gold toilets try… https://t.co/WJDYlQs8qm— JRehling (@JRehling) 1562167339.0
Definitely not gonna watch! Tanks in the streets is not it! Reminds me of dictator type governments. The money he d… https://t.co/96kpG0MVbH— Matrixity (@Matrixity) 1562149731.0
GOP is silent as trump Spends millions of our tax dollars to salute himself on July 4th. They are more than complic… https://t.co/y3Wenqi80X— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1562173126.0
@realDonaldTrump We will celebrate our Independence Day on November 3, 2020 when we destroy Trump and begin to erad… https://t.co/bE2eCUMn7V— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@(((DeanObeidallah)))) 1562156506.0
The 4th of July, Independence Day, commemorates the birth of the United States of America as a nation independent o… https://t.co/L9zJqsyR2g— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1562175508.0
I hope no one shows up for this disgraceful abuse of power #BoycottTrump4thOfJuly https://t.co/fnZGJNfGm0— Anne Leader (@Anne Leader) 1562096647.0
“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence not with a parade of guns, tanks, but with family… https://t.co/7VOtDU3lLe— addsometajine (@addsometajine) 1562150271.0
We’ve gone from “I Have A Dream” to “You Have A Nightmare.” #BoycottTrump4thOfJuly https://t.co/eRYYhYX2cE— Eric Wolfson (@Eric Wolfson) 1562154158.0