The former chair of the Republican National Committee ripped President Donald Trump’s plan for a military show of strength on Independence Day.
Michael Steele, who was raised in Washington, DC, and was interviewed by MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on “Deadline: White House.”
“Okay, so the reason our roads in the city I grew up in aren’t built for tanks is we don’t roll tanks down Constitution Avenue or Pennsylvania Avenue or New York Avenue or any street in the city,” Steele explained. “We are not a militarized zone.”
“We have never had to prove our patriotism by rolling out planes and tanks. This is for the president’s own self-aggrandized amusement,” he continued.
“He’s been feted by Kim Jong-un and others who have rolled out all of these military hardware to show their masculinity,” he argued.
“And so as a native Washingtonian, I find it to be offensive,” he continued. “And I just find this whole thing to be problematic, let alone just the personal grinding that it causes when I think about what this is really about and this is not saluting America. It’s saluting Trump.”
MSNBC’s Joy Reid said, “it’s always a threat when you roll out your military.”
“But it’s to whom is the threat, and I suspect that the threat is to his fellow Americans,” she explained. “And I hate to say that, but I think that Donald Trump styles himself a tyrant, not a defeater of tyrants.”
Richard Stengel, the former Under Secretary of State for public diplomacy, reminded viewers why we celebrate Independence Day in America.
“But the thing is, the message, by the way, of July 4th is also against tyranny, right? These people pledged their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor to rebel against a tyrant, to rebel against hereditary privilege, which he seems to embrace,” Stengel explained.
“And by the way, if you play that game — if you took Donald Trump back to the 18th century, would he be a rebel or a loyalist? He would be a loyalist,” Stengel said. “Everybody in his family would be a loyalist, they would be supporting the king and the crown.”
“Except they wouldn’t fight,” Reid said.
“They wouldn’t risk their fortune,” Stengel agreed.
This pro-Trump pastor is now praying for impeachment after watching Republicans ‘sell their souls to the devil’
A conservative Florida pastor says he has prayed for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
The outspoken and frequently controversial Rev. O’Neal Dozier voted for Trump in 2016 and thanked God for his victory during a GOP event shortly after the election, but he has turned on the president and the Republican Party, reported the Orlando Sun-Sentinel.
“The Republicans are selling their souls to the devil and disgracing themselves to maintain their seats in Congress,” Dozier wrote in the South Florida Times. "Many of these Republicans are confessed Christians, who are violating the tenets of their religion in the support of President Trump."
Trump faces a ‘personnel time bomb’ as his complicit officials get hauled before Congress: columnist
President Trump's prospects for a second term are threatened by two kinds of people: Those "who have either had enough of him or are being forced by subpoena to share what they’ve seen," according to a new Washington Post opinion piece by Paul Waldman.
Waldman writes that it isn't Trump's top administration officials who are threatening his presidency; it's the lesser known professionals who are "so distant from the Oval Office that Trump probably doesn’t even know they exist" -- one example being former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch.
OANN anchor goes down in flames for reporting Christopher Columbus saved natives with Christianity
One America News Network anchor Liz Wheeler took on history this week when she suggested that Christopher Columbus actually ended atrocities against Native Americans by bringing Christianity to America.
In a series of eye-popping tweets on Monday, Wheeler decided to celebrate Columbus Day by whitewashing the explorer's legacy.
"Christopher Columbus didn't commit genocide," she wrote. "Within 200 years of Columbus's arrival, 95% of the 20M Native Americans died... from disease. Smallpox, flu, tuberculosis, malaria, plague, measles, cholera."
"Tragic, definitely. But mass murder by Columbus? Not even close," Wheeler added.