Friends, in less than 30 hours, the most wasteful, tacky, gaudy and profoundly tasteless Trump rally in the history of the Trump phenomenon will go forward, paid for with your nickle and mine, and disguised as an Independence Day celebration. Incredibly but truly, Trump has weaponized the 4th of July; for the sole purpose of swelling his own coffers and inflating his ego, which is much larger than his helium, be-diapered proxy — a contrasting prop as political theater of the absurd manifests in the streets of the nation’s capital.
So, to get in the mood to look at incongruous and discordant images, all striking a wrong and sinister note, but nevertheless rolling down the streets of Washington D.C. as we speak, and burning money with each rotation of the wheels, join me in a little song. (gives pitch note on harmonica)
Currently on E Street in DC….
About that whole politics-free Fourth of July… pic.twitter.com/5SKAFODa9T
— Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) July 2, 2019
Trump when he was planning his ego parade – https://t.co/xMn2vFIkK5
— Facts Are Stubborn (@Mc_Whirly) July 2, 2019
— Cole (@eloc8) July 3, 2019
— HawkGuy (@iowhawk) July 3, 2019
Now, who is paying for this Trump rally on steroids? And if you need to ask, you’re too densely naive to be reachable. This is a Trump rally/fundraiser, a ticketed political event, where taxpayers are footing the bill. This is flowering autocracy, despotism in bloom, and it is vintage Trump. Washington Post:
The National Park Service is diverting nearly $2.5 million in entrance and recreation fees primarily intended to improve parks across the country to cover costs associated with President Trump’s Independence Day celebration Thursday on the Mall, according to two individuals familiar with the arrangement.
The diverted park fees represent just a fraction of the extra costs the government faces as a result of the event, which will include displays of military hardware, flyovers by an array of jets including Air Force One, the deployment of tanks on the Mall and an extended pyrotechnics show. By comparison, according to former Park Service deputy director Denis P. Galvin, the entire Fourth of July celebration on the Mall typically costs the agency about $2 million. […]
“This is a breach of trust with the public,” Theresa Pierno, president and CEO of the National Parks Conservation Association, said in an email. “The public pays parks fees to fix national parks and for educational programs, not the president’s parade.”
The optics of the event are stellar theatrics, and include the Blue Angels, a B-2 batwinged stealth bomber, and F-22 Raptor jets. Nothing is too good for this bash. And if you’re looking to get a good seat — hey, sorry, buddy, Trump is comping his rich Republican donor friends with all of those. You got a problem with that?
Brendan Fischer, federal reform director for the Campaign Legal Center, said in an interview that while it may not violate federal ethics law to distribute limited tickets to the president’s speech to party contributors, “it certainly looks bad.”
“Limiting public access to a public monument on Independence Day in favor of wealthy donors just sends a signal that our political system favors the wealthy and well-connected,” he said.
This is Trump’s vision for America. Give them their bread and circus with one hand, steal ’em blind with the other. Now, in his greatest insult to date, he’s perverted the nation’s most sacred holiday into a fundraising rally, to throw red meat to his base and get fat checks from his cronies. I used to wonder what happened to Lindsey Graham and why Mitch McConnell puts up with this. No longer. I know why. Trump is no outsider. He is the ne plus ultra Republican. He’s not only one of them, he is their ideal. He is the persona to their shadow, the living breathing manifestation of the Republican id. And they all know it, wink wink, nudge nudge. Trouble is, this GOP in joke is at the expense of the American people.