But not according to President Donald Trump, who may be the first U.S. president to find a way to make this national holiday all about himself.
"Happy Memorial Day!" Trump tweeted Monday morning. "Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!"
Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2018
It's doubtful any American soldier fighting for his or her country gave their life so the economy could improve, or so that unemployment cold be lowered.
By contrast, here's what President Barack Obama tweeted on Memorial Day in 2011:
On this Memorial Day, I call on all Americans to come together to honor the men and women who gave their lives so that we may live free.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 30, 2011
And here's Obama in 2014:
"Let us never forget their service and always be worthy of the sacrifices made in our name." —President Obama #MemorialDay
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 26, 2014
Dictionary.com nailed it:
Memorial Day is defined as "a day set aside in most states of the U.S. for observances in memory of dead members of the armed forces of all wars."
— Dictionary.com (@Dictionarycom) May 28, 2018
And here's how many are responding to Trump's Memorial Day message:
So in case you were wondering if Trump would make Memorial Day about him https://t.co/Ndrg9TJfrW
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) May 28, 2018
Even on Memorial Day when we pay tribute to those who answered the nation’s call and paid the ultimate price, 5-Deferment @realDonaldTrump pays tribute to himself. He should be ashamed, but shame requires a conscience. pic.twitter.com/rr22mh28Ku
— Col. Morris Davis (@ColMorrisDavis) May 28, 2018
I’m a military veteran who has carried countless caskets in Arlington National Cemetery, and even with this “president”, I cannot believe such a callous, narcissistic thing would be written. #MemorialDay pic.twitter.com/lq7x2oCy0U
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) May 28, 2018
Legit did a double take because I thought this might be from a parody account. Nope. Trump thinks Memorial Day is all about him. pic.twitter.com/J9S1ts8E3S
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 28, 2018
RT if you died for our country and are happy and proud of how well the country is doing. https://t.co/6jxrx77b4b
— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) May 28, 2018
Nothing says Commander- In- Chief than honoring the fallen talking about yourself https://t.co/NDiIi6yxam
— Lizz "Violent Animal" Winstead (@lizzwinstead) May 28, 2018
“Remember: Memorial Day starts with ME” pic.twitter.com/Oh2F9cHUJx
— Jon Danziger (@jondanziger) May 28, 2018
I am always struck by how fundamentally incapable he is of performing emotion other than anger https://t.co/vxKeeGtBTb
— Quinta Jurecic (not a designated public forum) (@qjurecic) May 28, 2018
the dead soldiers, they're looking down right now, and they're very happy because, I think, we just broke some records. Nice! https://t.co/ku8OxoPScS
— Patrick Blanchfield (@PatBlanchfield) May 28, 2018
Classy and poignant tribute to Trump, from Trump, for Memorial Day. https://t.co/DwBxmjN3BU
— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) May 28, 2018
What chaps my ass about this is that once again he co-opts somebody else's sacrifice for his own glory.
This guy has never actually ever done ANYTHING himself. He's the ultimate parasite. The Tapeworm President. https://t.co/2ZwvdSuUZU
— Stonekettle (@Stonekettle) May 28, 2018
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