So on Thursday, we talked about the exorbitant costs of President Trump’s military parade. It had ballooned from the original estimate of $12 million to $92 million.
The parade, scheduled for November 10, 2018 would have featured tanks, military aircraft, and military personnel in various period uniforms.
News of the price tag set off a wave of outrage, with some lawmakers calling on President Trump to pump the brakes on the costly display.
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) suggested that such costs would be better applied to health benefits for veterans.
I think most everyone had a better idea for that money.
The costs would have been absorbed by the Pentagon, which was putting in $50 million, and Homeland Security putting in $42 million.
On Thursday evening, after the news broke, President Trump went on the expected tirade against those who spoke out against the costs, saying of Senator Blumenthal:
"How can “Senator” Richard Blumenthal, who went around for twenty years as a Connecticut politician bragging that he was a great Marine war hero in Vietnam (then got caught and sobbingly admitted he was neither a Marine nor ever in Vietnam), pass judgement on anyone? Loser!" Trump wrote in a tweet.
So Blumenthal bragged about being in Vietnam when he wasn’t and you bragged about deferments and avoiding venereal diseases as being your Vietnam. You guys should hang out.
To be clear, Blumenthal was in the Marine Reserves during the war.
The news today is that the $92 million tribute to Trump’s petty, inglorious ego has been cancelled.
Also as to be expected, Trump played the denied child on social media today.
"The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up! I will instead attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th," Trump wrote.
"Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN," he added. "Now we can buy some more jet fighters!"
Notice what isn’t being said there?
Now we can address the issue of homeless vets.
Now we can fund extra health services for vets.
Now we can put money into mental health services for vets.
Anyone who expected anything more thoughtful or mature from the gilded toad occupying the Oval Office was sorely mistaken.