Trump held his ego event yesterday in the rain at the Lincoln Memorial–the first time the memorial had been closed off to the public that any of the Parks Department workers could remember. His soggy speech was delivered to a group of VIP’s in a large, cordoned-off zone that the Trump team had trouble filling. Every year a lot of people want to go to the District of Columbia on the Fourth of July to watch fireworks, but apparently not a lot of big-shot GOP donors wanted to come this year to hear Trump stumble through a lifeless teleprompter speech.
Many long-time National Mall fireworks watchers described the event as the most poorly planned and bungled they’d ever seen. Even the tanks that Trump was so keen to show off were trailered to the site and displayed only to the VIPs, but that didn’t keep Trump’s speech from celebrating the military on a day that has little to do with the military and everything to do with our declaring independence from a tyrannical monarch.
Robert O’Neill, one of the Navy SEALS who took out Bin Laden, said this on Twitter in 2018 and reaffirmed it on Wednesday:
A military parade is third world bullshit. We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation.
A spiritless and droning Trump stuck to his lengthy script and avoided ad-libbing, bungling a few lines of his tribute to American military power while making an all-around tepid impression. If he does the same thing next year we need to mobilize the Resistance and get a million protesters to the mall to send him a message.
In disturbing local news, Congressman Antonio Delgado was mocked at an Independence Day Parade in Saugerties by Trump supporters, though the Congressman dismissed the encounter. The coverage in the Daily Freeman seemed a bit more ominous.
It’s in Delgado’s character to shrug off an incident like this, but we activists will surely need to watch for similar situations in the future and guard Delgado’s back. I don’t know Saugerties well but it’s not a town I think of as a MAGA stronghold.
I’m reminded of the fact that NY-19 activists constantly confronted John Faso and few of his supporters ever had his back. We can’t kid ourselves that 2020 is going to be anything but a difficult battle to keep Delgado’s seat blue. The closer we get to the election, the more heat will be coming from Republicans toward Delgado and the Indivisible movement, and the more we will need to confront the Trump cult and defend the gains we have made. As Samuel Adams warned:
If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”