Attention News Media:
America’s Fourth of July traditionally features a huge public celebration on the National Mall in Washington, a gigantic nonpartisan celebration with patriotic music and spectacular fireworks. If you cover Donald Trump pontificating in front of the Lincoln Memorial, I will not watch. If you cover an extravagant, unnecessary, saber-rattling military parade featuring tanks, planes, and soldiers, I will not watch.
Our holiday is about all of us. It’s about Americans celebrating together. It’s not about Donald Trump or any single individual. It’s not about parading our military might — especially at a time when international tensions are rising across the world. This isn’t China or Russia or North Korea, and it’s not about proving we have a bigger stick. We don’t need to flex our military muscle to intimidate our enemies or cow our citizens.
This is not Donald Trump’s holiday; it’s not about or for him. And it’s not Armed Forces Day or a V-J Day. Don’t make it so.
Just this once, try not to be complicit.