As North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un held a military parade Thursday morning, liberal writers in the media began drawing connections to President Trump’s desire to honor our military with a parade — even going as far as to say that our president has a little North Korean dictator taking up residence in his soul.
“Trump’s desire for a military parade reveals him as a would-be despot,” declared Jonathan Freedland of The Guardian.
“Trump channels his inner Kim Jong Un, orders giant military parade,” wrote Tina Nguyen of Vanity Fair.
In a piece entitled “Trump military parade: Which other countries have large-scale public displays of military might?,” Samuel Osborne, a reporter for the UK’s The Independent, first mentioned North Korea, China, and Russia before adding that France annually holds a massive military parade as well. And the U.S. held one in 1991 after the Gulf War.
Washington Post correspondent Philip Bump took a slightly different tack, declaring that “Why, despite America’s military, Trump’s military parade can’t compare to North Korea’s.”
A number of conservative commentators have given their opinion on Trump’s proposed parade as well, some in favor of it and some against.
Tim Carney of the Washington Examiner advised Trump to “leave the ostentatious flexing to the French.” Carney attacked the idea of a U.S. military parade based on its cost, its lack of clear purpose, and the lack of a need for America to prove its military strength in that way.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) believes there is a good time for U.S. military parade, but he insisted that this is not the time, The Hill reports. He said a parade would make more sense after “we declare victory in Afghanistan” and “bring home our 14,000 troops.”
Conservative writer Matt Walsh pointed out on Facebook that America has hosted many military parades and that it’s important to celebrate our military. He also added that if “we're going to get worked up over ‘inappropriate’ parades, I'd be more worried about, for instance, the parades where half-naked gay men march through the streets.”
Michael J. Knowles, the managing editor of The Daily Wire, wanted to remind everyone that Democrat leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) “vocally supported a military parade on American soil as recently as 2014.” New York Mayor Bill De Blasio voiced his support for Schumer’s support at the time and said, “New York City would be proud to host this important event.”
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