Memorial Day is supposed to be a day for Americans to pause, remember, and honor those who gave their lives while serving in our Armed Forces. It was created as a way to honor their service and to respect those who made the greatest sacrifice, so our nation’s values of freedom and liberty could endure.
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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Former Dem Senator Hilariously Nails Perfect Impression of ‘Pouting’ Trump at G7 Because Nobody ‘Likes Him’ There
During the “Overtime” segment of HBO’s Real Time, former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) made fun of Donald Trump before he arrived at the G7 summit in France, saying he will pout his way through the weekend because the other world leaders loathe him.
With host Bill Maher asking how the Trump will conduct himself, Heitkamp immediately went into a very recognizable arms-crossed pout, which caused the audience to burst into laughter.
After the two posed as Trump and German leader Angela Merkel from the last get together, Heitkamp had a few things to say about the president.
“Pouting, the president will pout,” she smirked. “Because people don’t like him. and he knows they don’t like him. And when people don’t like him, he pouts.”
“It’s embarrassing, it’s not just ridiculous,” she added. “And it’s dangerous, it’s dangerous with everything that is going on.”
Host Maher added, “He shouldn’t even go, he doesn’t even want to be there.”
Trump’s Economic Advisers Baffled Over How to Hold Off Recession His Trade War Set in Motion
According to a report from ABC, Donald Trump’s economic advisers are baffled about how to stop what appears to be a recession coming before the 2020 election after his trade war upset an already teetering worldwide economy.
With the report noting that Trump had hoped to run on a strong economy as part of his 2020 re-election strategy, warnings from economists that a recession may arrive before then has White House officials in a panic.
“The financial markets signaled the possibility of a U.S. recession this week, sending a jolt of anxiety to investors, companies and consumers. That’s on top of concerns over Trump’s plans to impose punishing tariffs on goods from China and word from the United Kingdom and Germany that their economies are shrinking,” the report states, adding, “Trump advisers fear a weakened economy would hurt him with moderate Republican and independent voters who have been willing to give him a pass on some his incendiary policies and rhetoric.”
Bedeviling the president’s advisors is a lack of ideas about how to halt the slide into a re-election-killing economy.
“White House economic advisers see few options for reversing course should the economy start to slip,” te report stares before saying the president, for the money, is looking to spread blame elsewhere.
“Trump has taken to blaming others for the recession fears, mostly the Federal Reserve, which he is pushing for further interest rate cuts. Yet much of the uncertainty in the markets stems from his own escalation of a trade war with China, as well as weakened economies in key countries around the world,” ABC reports. “Aides acknowledge it is unclear what steps the White House could take to stop a downturn. Trump’s 2017 tax cut proved so politically unpopular that many Republicans ran away from it during last year’s midterms. And a new stimulus spending program could spark intraparty fighting over big deficits.”
Trump attempted to lower expectations about his performance during a MAGArally in New Hampshire this week, telling his fans, “”You have no choice but to vote for me because your 401(k), everything is going to be down the tubes. Whether you love me or hate me, you’ve got to vote for me.”
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‘You Caused This’: Trump Destroyed for Attacking Democrats Hours Before Heading to El Paso, Dayton to Create ‘Unity’
President Donald Trump is being vilified for lashing out at Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke and framing the Dayton, Ohio mass shooter as a Democrat, just hours before he will travel to El Paso – O’Rourke’s hometown – and Dayton.
Trump largely ignored this past weekend’s two mass shootings, at least one of which was domestic terrorism, as he golfed at his Bedminster, New Jersey club. He made remarks to the American people Monday morning, however, promising to unify a grieving nation.
The President told all of America “we must honor the sacred memory of those we have lost by acting as one people. Open wounds cannot heal if we are divided.”
“Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside, so destructive, and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love.”
“We must seek real bipartisan solutions, we have to do that in a bipartisan manner, that will truly make America safer and better for all.”
“Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart, and devours the soul.”
Apparently, those words were spoken by the president but not meant to be taken literally.
Just before the stroke of midnight, late Tuesday night, the President broke his promise of unity, bipartisanship, love, honor, and devotion.
“Beto (phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage) O’Rourke, who is embarrassed by my last visit to the Great State of Texas, where I trounced him, and is now even more embarrassed by polling at 1% in the Democrat Primary, should respect the victims & law enforcement – & be quiet!” Trump tweeted.
The President likely was lashing out at O’Rourke, who served as El Paso’s U.S. Congressman and came extremely close to defeating Republican Senator Ted Cruz last year. O’Rourke called Trump a racist and blamed him for contributing to the white nationalism and white supremacism that’s fueling much of the domestic terror across America.
And Trump tried to paint the Dayton, Ohio murderer as a Democrat, in a Wednesday morning tweet:
“Meanwhile, the Dayton, Ohio, shooter had a history of supporting political figures like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and ANTIFA.” @OANN I hope other news outlets will report this as opposed to Fake News. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2019
Many are furious, especially since many people in El Paso and Dayton urged him to not show up today, as he is seen as the catalyst – or worse – for these massacres.
Good to see you keeping to that anti-hate pledge you made *checks notes* Monday.
— Victoria Brownworth 🏳️🌈 (@VABVOX) August 7, 2019
The El Palso white supremacist terrorist quoted you 8 times in his manifesto for his reason for slaughtering 22 people.
You caused this directly.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 7, 2019
And this, folks, is the president's mindset just hours before he visits the families and first responders in Dayton and El Paso. https://t.co/JSKIqgGqW1
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) August 7, 2019
2 days ago you were speaking about unity now you are rubbishing Beto O’Rouke while you should be supporting him as he works hard to help his shocked and grieving community WTF is WRONG with you seriously you are not fit to remain potus RESIGN
— BABY-CATCHER 👶🏻👶🏽 🍑🤡👽👈🏻🌊 (@delsuite) August 7, 2019
He's actually polling at 3% among the Democrats but still beating you by 6.6%.
I predict that you're not going to talk about those polls, Talkie Boy.https://t.co/WO0KjtQ8PO
— JRehling (@JRehling) August 7, 2019
And tomorrow, you're going to El Paso for photo ops and fake condolences.
It's my hope that everyone you meet gives you an earful of what they really think of you, in the same way you give all of us an eyefull of what you really think on Twitter.
— Asᴛᴀʀᴛɪᴇʟ©®™✪ (@Astartiel) August 7, 2019
This one tweet, however, may reveal Trump’s real motivation:
— Policy Wonk for Beto (@wonk4beto) August 7, 2019
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