Trump Campaign Should Be Paying For July 4th Event On The National Mall

What should be a happy and non-partisan celebration of America’s Declaration of Independence from a foreign despot has been kidnapped by a domestic despot. Between adding military units and equipment reminiscent of May Day events elsewhere and having the Republican National Committee handling ticketing…this smacks of being just one more, albeit bigger, Trump Campaign Rally.

…no matter what Trump says in his planned Independence Day speech from the Lincoln Memorial. The very act of taking over the proceedings in the manner he has cooked up itself accomplishes this feat.

The Post reports that the National Park Service will now divert millions of dollars previously earmarked to improve parks across the country to fund Trump’s celebration on the National Mall.

Meanwhile, White House official tells The Post that the plans include a plane from Air Force One’s fleet soaring overhead at precisely the moment that Trump takes the stage. Tanks will take part in the display.

Finally, the White House is handing out tickets to the event to GOP donors and political appointees. Passes are being distributed by the Republican National Committee and Trump’s reelection campaign.

As many critics have pointed out, by politicizing July 4th so nakedly, Trump has inevitably transformed the celebration into a campaign event. It remains to be seen whether he will do so explicitly in his speech, but either way, that conversion has already been implicitly accomplished.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise I guess. But the audacity and boldness involved…should be expected too…given what he’s gotten away with so far in his regime.

But America should be sending his campaign committee the bill for this extravaganza…because it’s all about him and not about America.

Trump will read aloud some words of his own about Jefferson and Lincoln that were written for him to create the impression that he grasps these things. But the celebration itself will reveal that he very much does not.

Lara Trump wants to text with me!

As I posted a few months ago, I have somehow managed to get on a number of GOP email lists including one belonging to the Trump/Pence 2020 campaign.

Well a few weeks ago I got an email from Lara Trump asking if we could text. I would be very curious to see what they send to their base…but I am not sure I want them to actually have my cell phone number. Something of a quandary.

But just in case I decide to opt in, I have been collecting internet photos of Dick York, Dick Cavett, Dick Van Dyke, Dick Tracy, Dick Cheney and Dick Clark to text to her. I mean, the ladies dig that right?

Anyway, here’s her video:

President Trump’s New “Space Force” is just another money making con!

No really! Just hours after Vice President Michael Pence outlines the Trump regime’s plans for a ‘Space Force’, my email inbox receives a missive from the Trump/Pence 2020 campaign asking me to vote for a ‘Space Force’ logo so they can start selling swag. NO Really!

And what an incredible collection of amateurish logos. I thought Space Force was supposed to be a new department within the Armed Forces. Why is there a Mars Awaits motto on one of them? And the Star Trek people might have an issue with a couple of these as well. Don’t you think?? Sheesh!

added note: as an after thought…doesn’t this cross the line between governing and campaigning?