Not a single one of the traditional television networks dared to cover President Donald Trump’s Independence Day “Salute to America.” The censorship is glaringly obvious.
Gossip programs and game shows were all that ABC, CBS, or NBC would allow their viewers to watch. Anyone interested in the D.C. celebrations of American independence were limited to the Trump-free version provided by left-leaning PBS. Take it or leave it.
Contrary to progressive fears, “the president did not go full authoritarian on the National Mall on Thursday,” liberal outlet Slate reports. “There was almost no discussion of current events, debates, or controversies.”
They aren’t happy that it turned out that way. “Because the speech was less of a Trump campaign event than many expected, it’s not clear Trump violated the law by using taxpayer money to fund it.”
Democrats have all been freaking out about the cost. Days before the event, Rep. Betty McCollum, chairwoman of the subcommittee that oversees National Park Service spending griped:
“These fees are not a slush fund for this administration to use at will. They are meant to improve our national parks, keep them safe and protected for Americans to enjoy, and are clearly not to be used for a political rally.”
It wasn’t even close to a political rally, so now she has nothing to complain about. The only things that liberals find comfort in about yesterday’s celebration were a flag burning at the White House and Code Pink’s baby Trump blimp.
“This is costing us millions and millions of dollars. We the taxpayers are paying for it, for Donald Trump to use our military as a prop. And that’s just not right,” Medea Benjamin whined. She’s a co-founder of the Code Pink group. There they go again, moaning about what amounts to the spare pocket change that ends up under seat cushions.
The cost of our great Salute to America tomorrow will be very little compared to what it is worth. We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door (Andrews), all we need is the fuel. We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019
Isn’t free speech wonderful? Benjamin doesn’t stop to think that she’s criticizing a celebration of the event that allows her the right to protest. If she tried to fly a baby Xi Jinping blimp through Tiananmen Square she would quickly find herself in a forced-labor camp.
When they aren’t complaining about the cost, another hot button is flaunting America’s military might. That’s just wrong, MSNBC’s Jeremy Bash believes. Not only “dangerous,” it is “fundamentally un-American.” It politicizes a nonpartisan celebration of ‘We the People,’ of our Declaration of Independence.”
Leave it to the left to find a reason to hate on the “Salute to America” July 4th celebration!
Literally ANYTHING involving @realDonaldTrump they resist & obstruct – from humanitarian aid for illegal immigrant to a 4th of July celebration featuring our military.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) July 3, 2019
Conservatives see it exactly the opposite. “I think what Trump’s doing with the tanks, all the flyovers, I think it’s great.” Brandon Lawrence observed. He had his face patriotically painted red, white, and blue.
Visiting tourists to the Capitol were thrilled to be there for the expanded show of military hardware. “I think he’s making a point to celebrate American history,” one traveler asserts. “I don’t think it’s political. It’s just to show appreciation to the armed forces and the troops.”
Pennsylvania’s Margie McCarthy pointed out that it fits with President Trump’s overall style. Mr. Trump, she notes, “seems like a ‘go big or go home’ kind of person. That’s what it is with everything. It’s not unexpected.”
Even CNN grudgingly describes the event as “one of the least polarizing speeches of his presidency,” President Trump endured a steady fall of rain to recognize the value of our military to defend and protect our hard won freedom.
“We will never forget that we are Americans and the future belongs to us,” Trump said. “The future belongs to the brave, the strong, the proud and the free. We are one people chasing one dream and one magnificent destiny.”
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He began by hitting the historical highlights from our past 243 years and mentioning a few of our American heroes, some of whom were in the audience. Then, one by one he acknowledged each branch of the service. “Pershing’s Own” US Army Band followed Trump’s remarks by playing the official song for the branch, while sets of representative aircraft streaked overhead. After the branches were all honored, the Blue Angels made an impressive appearance in the sky.
After the formal speech was over, $750,000 worth of donated fireworks lit up the sky as if a battle were being fought. Particularly noteworthy were some that spelled out USA in red and blue letters.