Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Congressman Marc Veasey (D-TX-33rd) introduced bills in their respective chambers that would effectively bar the Trump administration from using any taxpayer money to fund his so-called “military parade.”
Trump has been infatuated by the idea of military parades since he attended the Bastille Day parade in France last year. It’s unclear whether Donald Trump comprehends the fact that Bastille Day celebrates the day in which a medieval fortress and prison was stormed and prisoners freed in order to overthrow the ruling classes of nobless (See: Donald Trump’s family) and clergy (See: Modern Evangelicals). Bastille Day is celebrated as the flash point for the revolution which eventually led to the overthrow of the Bourbon Monarchy, and then to execution of Louis XVI and his wife Queen Marie Antoinette.
So… we can be nearly certain that Donald Trump knows none of that. But he knows he likes tanks! And guns! And uniforms! He likes to believe our military is comprised of his own toy soldiers, it appears.
Senator Cardin wrote, in a letter to his fellow lawmakers:
“We have the best armed forces in the world. We don’t need to flex our muscles to showcase our military hardware. Our brave military men and women flex their might around the world every day on behalf of our nation. This is why I will be introducing legislation that prohibits funds to go towards a military parade requested by the President.”
Cardin’s letter also indicates the necessity for this legislation so that we don’t have to worry about any future military parades as a “show of force.”
Marc Veasey said in a statement that the proposed parade is “…an expensive political ploy whose sole aim is to boost Trump’s approval ratings is an insult to their service and detracts from resources needed to provide meaningful assistance to veterans and current service members.”