Which, um, probably not.
Here’s the thing: This military parade has been a very bad idea since Trump first conceived of it. What he’s doing now is using a scapegoat that he knows will work with his base — bad local government in an overwhelmingly Democratic city — to get out from under something that was fundamentally unworkable — and unpopular!
The genesis of the military parade, which was originally scheduled for Veterans Day this year, speaks to how this grew from a Trump whim.
The idea was almost immediately panned by, well, almost everyone not named Donald Trump.
“I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud,” Louisiana Republican Sen. John Kennedy said. “America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don’t need to show it off.”
Democrats were even more critical, suggesting that Trump’s desire to have tanks rolling through the streets of Washington had a distinct authoritarian air.
“A military parade in DC would shut down the nation’s capital and waste taxpayer dollars just to feed Trump’s ego,” said DC delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.
The public also disliked the idea. A lot.
To put a fine point on it: The military parade idea was an albatross from the start. The “rah rah” patriotism Trump thought he could gin up with it wasn’t building, and the costs — as they always do when you are talking about massive movements of our military — were going through the roof.
The reality is this: The military parade was a wildly bad idea from the start that was unworkable for lots of reasons — from logistical ones to symbolic ones. It just took the President of the United States longer than most people to realize that fact.