President Donald Trump is being ridiculed after posting a tweet claiming the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee will block a provision in the $741 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that strips the names of Confederate soldiers who fought against the United States in the Civil War from U.S. military bases. Trump, who is waging a racist battle to win re-election vehemently opposes removing their names.
The president is also getting some well-deserved ribbing for trying to jump on the bandwagon of conservative attacks on what they call "cancel culture," without understanding what it actually means.
I spoke to highly respected (Chairman) Senator @JimInhofe, who has informed me that he WILL NOT be changing the nam… https://t.co/KS7792256c— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1595600919.0
The Senate version of the NDAA passed by an overwhelming 86-14. The House version passed by a similarly huge margin, 295-125.
Both the House and Senate margins are veto-proof, leading many to ask what Trump is talking about.
There's little to no chance the provision to strip away the names of traitors to the union will be stripped out.
Noting that Chairman Inhofe "doesn't have some special veto in the process," CNN's Jake Tapper responded to Trump's tweet explaining how the process actually works:
Not sure what this means. The bill heads to conference committee where a bipartisan group from House/Senate negotia… https://t.co/IATYEZawBs— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1595601905.0
U.S. Representative Ruben Gallego, Democrat of Arizona, put it more succinctly: Inhofe "doesn’t have magic powers to get rid of it."
The Defense Budget passed with Veto proof majorities in both House and Senate. Senator Inhofe is one of many confer… https://t.co/5qSVyWgS4e— Ruben Gallego (@Ruben Gallego)1595602226.0
Politico Congressional reporter Andrew Desiderio makes clear some are questioning if Trump understands how bills become law:
Does the president think that Jim Inhofe can single-handedly, retroactively amend a bill after passage? The Senate… https://t.co/dGEGoMMBMz— Andrew Desiderio (@Andrew Desiderio)1595601310.0
And it doesn't look like Inhofe is disappointed with the bill:
Great news! The #FY21NDAA just passed the Senate with an overwhelming vote of 86-14! https://t.co/cvTaLFGd2C— Sen. Jim Inhofe (@Sen. Jim Inhofe)1595536960.0
Others, meanwhile, focused on Trump wrongly invoking the "cancel culture" slur.
In short, cancel culture doesn't apply to the dead. Cancel culture is how those respond to being held accountable for offensive opinions or beliefs – like supporting slave owners, white supremacists, and traitors to the republic.
@realDonaldTrump @JimInhofe Senator Snowball and you don't think the Confederacy should be canceled? Well, of cours… https://t.co/xcN0YOXDTv— JRehling (@JRehling)1595601454.0
@realDonaldTrump @JimInhofe PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE someone ask Trump what “Cancel Culture” is— I need to see this!— L F GEAUX (@L F GEAUX)1595604047.0
@realDonaldTrump @JimInhofe imagine being this proud of being on the side of traitors who fought against the united… https://t.co/y7OKfyfsJQ— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1595601008.0
@realDonaldTrump @JimInhofe Confederates were literally traitors who renounced their American citizenship and kille… https://t.co/89StIDCQO0— Michael Okuda (@Michael Okuda)1595601828.0
@realDonaldTrump @JimInhofe 1. You haven't fought in ANY wars. 2. You insulted the POW's who actually DID. 3. You d… https://t.co/87uJs9nMy3— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1595603399.0
@realDonaldTrump @JimInhofe Well Don, cancel "culture" is a fantasy made up by your GOP sycophants. Telling the tru… https://t.co/QvpQIrBFnc— Lee-Marie Bartow (@Lee-Marie Bartow)1595604109.0
can’t believe that this is what trump thinks “cancel culture” is but ok. Ffs https://t.co/qRWdnh3Du8— TK🌵VOTE BLUE 💙💙💙 (@TK🌵VOTE BLUE 💙💙💙)1595604041.0
On the other hand, maybe Trump actually loves "cancel culture."