No one - not Milo Yiannopoulos, not Ben Shapiro, not Ann Coulter - triggers the Left's frothing outrage like President Donald Trump. And as a Left-baiting troll, Trump has topped himself with his latest #MAGA project: a possible military parade in Washington, D.C.
Nothing could cause more leftist heads to explode than the thought of a proud, patriotic display of United States military excellence and superiority, marching right down Pennsylvania Avenue, which is where Trump suggested having the parade.
NBC News reports that Trump "expressed his desire" for a military parade at a Jan. 18 meeting with top generals, and already the Pentagon is contemplating dates in November for just such an event.
"We are aware of the request and are looking at possible dates," Charlie Summers, a Pentagon spokesman, told NBC News. He added that the process is in its "infancy" but cited Nov. 11 as a possible date. November 11 is Veterans Day in the States, but is also celebrated as Armistice Day in other countries to remember the day fighting ended in World War I. This year marks the 100th anniversary of that 1918 date.
Another administration official told NBC News that Trump has "given the directive to begin the planning, so the planning has begun."
NBC News has more details:
Trump was reportedly impressed by a military parade he witnessed in Paris to celebrate Bastille Day last year, which the president attended as a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron. The parade also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I in 1917.
"The president wants to do something that highlights the service and sacrifice of the military and have a unifying moment for the country," an official quoted by the Washington Post said.
"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe. He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday.
Trump noted in September during an appearance with Macron at the United Nations how impressed he was with the Bastille Day celebration, and said "to a large extent, because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington, down Pennsylvania Avenue."
Brace yourselves for leftist outrage and endless news media comparisons of Trump to war-mongering dictators like Hitler and Mussolini.