Donald Trump comes from the world of show business and promotion and he has attempted to infuse these themes into politics. One of the ways the President plans on promoting himself is with a massive 4th of July military parade.
As the dates comes nearer, Trump has begun to promote the event as one of the great spectacles of all time. Today, the President told reporters that the parade will feature Sherman tanks.
According to the Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey, the President claimed, “And we’re gonna have some tanks stationed outside… So we have to put them in certain areas but we have the brand new Sherman tanks and we have the brand new Abram tanks.”
Greg Miller, also from the Post, pointed out that Trump was mistaken. He wrote on Twitter, “Trump says July 4 celebration will have “brand new Sherman tanks. Sherman tanks haven’t been in service since 1957.”
Trump says July 4 celebration will have "brand new Sherman tanks."
Sherman tanks haven't been in service since 1957. https://t.co/c4CNwdkgCg
— Greg Miller (@gregpmiller) July 1, 2019
The 4th of July parade in Washington DC has long been a non-partisan celebration. Some are now concerned that the President may be high-jacking the event for his own self promotion.
Kyle Griffin from MSNBC writes that the Republican National Committee is now getting involved in the parade planning. Linking to a Huffington Post article, the producer wrote, “The RNC is giving out tickets to Trump’s July 4 celebration, HuffPost reports. What had been a nonpolitical, nonpartisan celebration on the National Mall will now likely be a multimillion-dollar, taxpayer-financed political rally, critics worry.”
The RNC is giving out tickets to Trump's July 4 celebration, HuffPost reports.
What had been a nonpolitical, nonpartisan celebration on the National Mall will now likely be a multimillion-dollar, taxpayer-financed political rally, critics worry.https://t.co/J5zCG3AYAF
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 1, 2019
The 4th of July celebration will be taking place this week in Washington DC.