Trump Wants His Own Parade

Trump Wants His Own Parade

President Donald Trump (Capt., New York Military Academy High School, retired), who calls the U.S. military leadership “my generals,” has given those leaders their “marching orders.” He wants a parade. A big, magnificent military parade, bigger than the one in Paris on Bastille Day, with thousands of marching troops, flags and bands and military pomp, cannons and missiles and fighter jet overflights, with humvees and tanks and stuff. The parade would go down Pennsylvania Avenue, right past the Trump International Hotel (reserve your room now!), on July 4th. Or Memorial Day. Or maybe Veteran’s Day. It would honor our troops, our president, U.S. military might, our president, America’s proud military tradition, and our brilliant commander-in chief.

A Big League parade. Bigger than Macron’s. Bigger than Eisenhower’s. Bigger than Kim Jong-Un’s. Bigger than Putin’s, or Erdogan’s, or Mao’s, or Mussolini’s or that other guy’s. Oh sure, it would take U.S. troops out of training and take equipment off-line and cost tens of millions of dollars, and the tank treads would chew up DC pavement, but what a grand spectacle!


“Trump Channels His Inner Kim Jong Un, Orders Giant Military Parade,” Tina Nguyen, Vanity Fair

“‘Dear Leader’ Trump Gets Brutally Mocked On Twitter Over Military Parade Plan,” Ed Mazza, Huffington Post

“Military Refuses to Participate in Trump’s Parade, Citing Bone Spurs,” Borowitz Report

“Fox & Friends’ host: Trump’s military parade ‘seems like a waste of money,” Brandon Carter, The Hill

“Retired Generals Are Not Happy About President Trump’s Military Parade,” Alana Abramson, Time

“Critics, veterans blast Trump’s ‘Napoleon in the making’ military parade plan,” Christopher Brennan, NY Daily News

“‘Tanks but no tanks!’ say critics of Trump’s plan for military parade,” Idrees Ali, Reuters

“If Trump wants a military parade, he should pay for it himself,” Peter Weber, The Week

“Fox anchor says Trump should play with toys, not hold a military parade,” Kris Seavers, Daily Dot

“Washington is Trump’s preferred parade route, options open: Mattis,’ Reuters

“Trump’s military parade draws bipartisan rebuke,” Bryan Bender, Politico

“Raining on Trump’s Parade,” Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker

“Ex-Navy SEAL calls Trump’s military parade idea ‘third world bullsh*t,’” Alex Ward, Vox

“Duckworth mocks Trump’s military parade: Troops ‘don’t need a show of bravado,'” Josh Delk, The Hill

“GOP Sen. Shuts Down Trump’s Wish For Military Parade: ‘Confidence Is Silent,’ Caitlin MacNeal, TPM Livewire

“Even the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden thinks Trump’s military parade is a bad idea,” Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post

“Military Times poll: Majority oppose Trump’s military parade,” Brandon Carter, The Hill

“Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost As Much As $50 Million,”
Tamara Keith, Tom Bowman, NPR

“Pence bashes North Korea’s military parade, endorses Trump’s parade,” Mark Osborne and Adam Kelsey, ABC News 

“Trump wants a military parade ‘just like France’s.’ It’s likely to look more like China’s.”  


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Image (based on a 1964 yearbook photo) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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