In Washington, D.C. tomorrow, it’ll be Trump of July. The bloated orange buffoon will finally have one more of his dictator fantasies come to life in the form of a wildly jingoistic military parade; an ironic fate for the most traitorous president this country has had the misfortune of suffering, and a true insult to a huge swath of our American heroes.
On Monday night, Trump had a Fox News playdate with Tucker Carlson in which he criticized the homelessness crisis in America, in particular criticizing liberal havens Los Angeles and San Francisco. Trump bleated a number of stupid things regarding the crisis, including implying that it’s unsightly to visiting world leaders and that police officers were getting sick from the homeless, rather than showing any actual compassion or humanization for the homeless themselves. Staying in character, Trump glossed over the nuance of the situation: “Some of them have mental problems where they don’t even know they’re living that way. In fact, perhaps they like living that way … We cannot ruin our cities. And you have people that work in those cities. They work in office buildings and to get into the building, they have to walk through a scene that nobody would have believed possible three years ago.”
By some estimates, nearly one in ten homeless adults are veterans. All this amid Trump claiming he loves our troops. Rather than increase funding for veterans’ programs, Trump is spending taxpayer money on a stupid dick-swinging parade. Rather than halt the trade war with China to make everyday goods more affordable for the poorest Americans, Trump is hell-bent on doing diplomacy his own way. Rather than bring affordable healthcare to Americans, Trump is ensuring that regulations on pesticides, carbon emissions, and pharmaceuticals are eased so his one-percenter pals can rake in higher profits at the cost of American lives. This isn’t even to mention that we have a hawkish National Security Adviser in John Bolton, a useless top diplomat in Mike Pompeo, and a vice president who tells West Point graduates that they should expect to see combat in his commencement address to them.
Being eager to have American blood shed over personal pride doesn’t seem very patriotic to me; neither does neglecting our heroes who serve their country and, of course, all of us. But that’s what will be celebrated in D.C. tomorrow – Trump of July.