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Don’t invite any POWs.

Trump said he likes people who weren’t captured.

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Look at the shiny toys! I want a parade back home to see our shiny toys. We have the biggest, shiniest toys. Very shiny, believe me.

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A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the parade planning was in the "brainstorming" stage and nothing had been decided, the Post reported.

The longer Trump's in office the more he sounds like one of the inbred pre-WW1 European royals. Perhaps Wilhelm II? Either that or his dementia's getting worse.

I pity the White House people who have to translate what he says. But then anyone who works that closely with him is pitiable.

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Not so surprising. A childish and semi-literate cracker-in-chief wants to see and show off his shiny toys. Pure Trump.

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Don't parade those weapons and troops: He will just want to use them.

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Trump wants to play with his toys, way too dangerous for a man like that!

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The soldiers, airmen, and sailors will have to forgo time with their families just to stroke Trump's ego. Sad.

Each day, Trump seems to think he is the president of NK rather than the US. Dude is seriously confused.

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Hope they don't bring any helicopters. Those things have a tendency to fall out of the sky at any random moment.

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Actually, it is surprising that the US doesn't do it already, seeing how much they love their military.

As for usefulness : in France it started a few years the 1870 defeat to show that french army was back at full force, so it was basically propaganda. Nowadays, I'd say it's just part of the scenery.

And it cost 3.5~4 millions euros each year (about 5 millions dollars).

Personally, I couldn't care less if it either continued or disappeared.

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How about we take the parade money and spend it on VA hospitals? The soldiers might appreciate that.

We are Americans. We don't boast, and we fire shots in anger only as a last resort and never gleefully. We don't "celebrate" war, nor do we revel in our ability to inflict massive levels of destruction. We commemorate the lost lives of friends and foes alike and we remember the awesome weight of bearing our nation's burden when duty has called.

Our President is the most vulgar and disgusting of Commander-in Chiefs in our nation's history. He is a disgrace to the office.

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This will be the tackiest military review ever conducted in history. Blatantly copying the French - but this will be done more like a Disney pantomime.

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And let me guess....if you think it's a waste of time, you're anti-American,

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Another fine mess you've gotten us in, France! (Okay, to be fair, this is on the 48% of Americans who voted for Trump. And he'll probably be impeached Trump by the time the Pentagon gets around to it.)

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I can't find the aim of holding the parade. To assert its power to a certain country?

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Is this Trump's idea of out-doing Kim Jong Un?

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It seems the world loves America's military more than they do, since much of the world looks to America to lex its muscles first or solely.

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Oh hey, just like North Korea! Great idea!

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I don't like Trump, but there's nothing too objectionable with a military parade in the US. In fact, I'm quite surprised they don't do them regularly already

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there's nothing too objectionable with a military parade

But what’s the point?

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@bass, reckon most Americans would be ok with a military parade IF it were tastefully done. Thing is there's a not-so remote possibility this would be a Trump show-offy circus rather than a "celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation" i.e. Trump towering above the troops, gloating etc.

Sincerely hope I'd be proven wrong and this would be a 'unifying event' (vets, pows, new/anglo/native/African americans all together) but I still have my doubts. We've seen what happens when DT takes centre stage.

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“Brainstorming” stage?

More likely a brain-fart of toddler-in-chief.

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Each day, Trump seems to think he is the president of NK rather than the US. Dude is seriously confused.

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which. - George Orwell, Animal Farm

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What an absolute child.

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Donnie boy you are such an embarrassment to humanity, PLEASE stop!

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The last one I remember was for Desert Storm with G.H.W. Bush and General Schwarzkopf held in 1991? In the UK in the barracks town held parades every time there were returning soldiers and sailors from the Middle East wars.

A Trump military parade would be sending the wrong message to China, North Korea, the world.

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This may be a good thing. Send all the troopers from Okinawa, then the US govt will go broke again and the troops can’t return. Regional security will improve and troops can be at home. Okinawa will be happy.

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yet another idea liberals hate, imagine that.

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But what’s the point?

Literally the point is that Trump saw the French President's toys, got jealous, and now wants his own version of the French President's toys.

It doesn't go any deeper than that.

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Trump thinking about a parade.

No Trump has already demanded and ordered one! The costs will run into many $million. Shipping Abrams tanks and high-tech hardware to Washington don't come cheap.

Trump is a real sore loser, last year in France at the annual Bastille Day military parade

Seated next to Macron, Trump added: “We’re going to have to try to top it.”

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This should be done on veterans day or memorial day. It's a more fitting occasion.

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Those would be ok but already other events and activities associated with Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

It would be an honor and one of the highlights of entire military career and maybe life to march past the White House on a national holiday.

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most Americans would be ok with a military parade IF it were tastefully done.

A tasteful display of over-the-top killing power?

Sounds like an oxymoron to me. There are surely other, better, more tasteful ways to honour the people who served, veterans and fallen, without displaying all the bright shiny weapons of war?

Trump trying to copy Macron will end up looking even more like Kim.

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Just to make sure everyone is in tip top shape, it will run for two months starting at the White House and taking the first month to roll down to Mar a Lago for weed whacking duty, then on to Waco, TX, for some brush clearing with a living legend. Sign up now for the adventure of your lifetime!

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Hmmm. Military parades, the leader demanding fealty, dismissing the press as enemies of the people and opposition as disloyal.

Something about this set up feels familiar.

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We are Americans. We don't boast

The funniest comment I've read so far this week!

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Ok so Macron is like Kim because he has parades? Or is he exempt from your criticism?

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@Blacklabel

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastille_Day_military_parade

The july 14th parade started in 1880, so nothing to do with Macron. And as I wrote above, this parade is originally a nothing more than propaganda. Just like Kim.

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Ok so Macron is like Kim because he has parades?

Black, Kim is a murderous despot; Macron is a democratically elected leader. Please do not even pretend to compare them - I wouldn't even think of equating Trump with Kim, as much as I despise his Small Handedness. That said, military parades are not only a tremendous amount of waste but in very bad taste in the 21st Century.

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Understood. But Macron couid stop it if he wanted, right? (I see no reason to, but he could)

In no way would I compare Macron to Kim just because he wants a parade. Yet people have no problem comparing Trump to Kim for the same exact thing. That’s my point.

The parade isn’t to honor the military it’s to honor Trump, the orange dotard! Liberals already whining that on TV.

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@black The parade isn’t to honor the military it’s to honor Trump, the orange dotard! Liberals already whining that on TV...Nah dude thats just raw honesty...its all about his ego nothing more..let him have his parade it might give his supporters little hardies good for them..

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@blackl The parade isn’t to honor the military it’s to honor Trump, the orange dotard!

I agree! It'll give Ol' Bonespurs another chance to wear his leather bomber jacket. I echo the poster who asked about how things are going at the VA hospitals.

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He's wants to be like Kim Jong Un and view his shiny toys like he does.

Each day that goes by, the more and more the dictator in Trump comes out. Next thing you know, he'll accuse anyone who doesn't agree with him, or applaud him, as being traitors.

Whoops! He's already done that.

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@black so in another article Trump says that he would love to see a shutdown...that means the good men and women that serve dont get paid right..so he really doesn't care about the well being of the fine people that serve the Country that is truly un American wouldn't you say?In other news he wants to put them on display to feed his ego....

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Reminding me of a kid ordering ice cream. Every leader reflects its voters’ state of mind at a time. Americans must be proud of Drumpf the Tartuffe.

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Since Trump is a Draft dodger, four or five times and eventually for being a heel, he should at the very least, also foot the bill of a military parade. He also admitted although he's still a heel, the draft one became "heeled" immediately following its abolition. At the parade he should also wear a yellow duck suit.

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But Macron couid stop it if he wanted, right?

I guess, maybe. In my opinion, the only reason it continues is because it has been done for so long. But stopping it is a regular topic.

By the way, why do you think Trump wants a military parade ?

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i don’t know has Trump been able to undo all the damage at the VA from the 8 years of neglect under the previous guy?

I know he has fired 1500 employees who were obviously not putting veterans first. That’s a good start towards accountability.

https://www.militarytimes.com/veterans/2018/01/31/va-reveals-hundreds-of-additional-firings-following-trumps-state-of-the-union/

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Sounds good to me:

In a separate statement following the speech, VA Secretary David Shulkin praised Trump for helping guide “the largest transformation and modernization effort in decades” at the department, adding that officials are now “tackling head-on issues that have lingered for years, including accountability, whistleblower protection, improving transparency and customer service.”

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If the soldiers ask for it

Not if a President wants it

It is about the soldiers after all

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What would be more powerful and more interesting, would be joint parade with America's closest allies, including all the NATO countries, Aus, Canada....even Japan :o I wonder if Japan would join? Would be curious.

You want to send a message of power. That's how its done.

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 military career and maybe life to march past the White House on a national holiday. Trumps just want to show NK thats his toys are better than his & and his admiring soldiers will salute their dear leader just as they do in NK.

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Rather then being impressed by France, Russia is the fetish.

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I'm proud of our military members too, but like one's sexuality, it shouldn't be paraded around.

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Trump only wants a parade because someone else had one and he has to go one better.

He has some kind of psychosis that compels him to be bigger, better, smarter, richer, faster, more powerful, more popular, more successful in everything.

Someone should tell him that Obama can hold his breath for 10 minutes.

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Would John McCain be invited?

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i don’t know has Trump been able to undo all the damage at the VA from the 8 years of neglect under the previous guy?

Enough with comservatives making vague assertions that Obama was terrible. Provide specifics or keep your mouth shut. Weak sauce.

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The inevitable tweet by Trump after the event.

"Hey Kim, my parade is bigger then your parade so nyah :P"

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You can guarantee there is a top drawer 3am blast on the potty grumbling in his bowels.

He probably thought of a trash quip about Kim and needed a parade to let it rip.

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A tasteful display of over-the-top killing power? Sounds like an oxymoron to me.

It sure does, at first. Ppl hear 'military parade' they think tanks/WMD, thousands of soldiers goose-stepping & saluting their dear leader etc. That's one possibility.

The other option is to use military parades to promote friendship and reconciliation, ask former enemies to join, showcase women/minorities serving their country, peacekeepers etc (been done before). That's what I meant by 'tasteful'.

Again, Trump & tasteful do not go hand-in-hand that's why a us military parade during his tenure is probably not a wise option. But it can be done.

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And does Trump realise what Bastille Day celebrates? It's when the people rose up and stormed the Bastille, released political prisoners the government had jailed, and used the weapons and gunpowder to fight the French military, which protected the rich and noble. So, if he wants his own "Bastille Day", please, please let him have it... and let him eat cake... or cheeseburgers in his case.

The rest of us can then mark the day and have a parade in... well... the memory of him being gone.

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A conspicuous scarcity of Trumpian voices on this thread. Maybe still trying to decide how to react:

a) Is it fake news meant to demean our hero president? Turn on Fox now and find out!

b) What’s wrong with a big military parade, anyway? Trump loves his country best! And Hannity just confirmed that fact from his very own pie hole. Time to stand up against that deep state repression of military parades. As the old saying goes, when in doubt, whip it out.

c) What about Obama demanding that everyone bow down and worship the anointed one? (Yes, that’s a fact.

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A conspicuous scarcity of Trumpian voices on this thread. Maybe still trying to decide how to react:

No, this is just a liberal echo chamber, I’m surprised you didn’t know that.

a) Is it fake news meant to demean our hero president? Turn on Fox now and find out!

So you think we should look at the crying kids on the Communist News Network or watch Joe and Mika as she tries to get a word edgewise in and their entire panel battling who can out shout the other?

b) What’s wrong with a big military parade, anyway? Trump loves his country best! And Hannity just confirmed that fact from his very own pie hole.

Pie hole?

Time to stand up against that deep state repression of military parades. As the old saying goes, when in doubt, whip it out.

Someone is angry.

c) What about Obama demanding that everyone bow down and worship the anointed one? (Yes, that’s a fact.

He’s thankfully gone, so we don’t need to bring him up.

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No, this is just a liberal echo chamber, I’m surprised you didn’t know that.

You ain't kiddin.

Like one big liberal play pen with all the kids screaming at the same time.

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He’s thankfully gone, so we don’t need to bring him up.

You brought him up yesterday.

When was the cut-off point?

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The narcissist wants a parade, so that he can pretend that he is the center of the world. He should move to Moscow, and join Putin. He can pretend that the parade there is for him.

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when it comes to big military parades Russia is up there with the best, doubt Trump could top Putin even if he was helping him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX-7WRwmMyM

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A draft dodgering president who surround himself with military generals and family members within the White House and wants to have a military parade, I can hear him boasting now, "we're going to hold the biggest military parade ever, yes ever in history!" Didn't he also promise to end American wars and involvement in other countries.

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Trump wasting more money the US doesn't have.....

"Commentators say a US parade would be extremely expensive, given the cost of bringing military hardware and personnel to the capital and protecting its streets from tanks designed for war zones.

Several retired military personnel have also condemned the plan, saying the money would be better served improving conditions for veterans or raising military wages.

Speaking to CNN, Lt Gen Mark Hertling said: "I don't know a whole lot of soldiers who like them [parades]."

"The military will do whatever the commander in chief asks them to do - but it's not a good idea for our military."

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it’s a crisis?

No, but Trump said he would turn the debt around and he hasn't. He broke his promise. Debt keeps going up and up under Trump. It's his fault.

What about the military personal that like the idea and support it?

Who is going to pay for this? This is very heavy and expensive logistics.

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Any for applause! Next he'll have a short back and side like Kim!

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Such a parade would only stir up even more resentment against the US, resulting in even more terrorist attacks. Perhaps that is what Trump wants??

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A huge military parade is a great idea. It will infuriate the Dems who will uncontrollably out themselves as the anti-American anti-patriots they are.

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It will infuriate the Dems...

At what expense? It will cost millions and millions for heavy logistics. Who is going to pay for that? Mexico like with the wall? No wonder why the debt keeps piling up on Trump. Trump is going to get US taxpayers to pay for the Mexico wall. And now he is going to spend countless money which could be used for care for wounded veterans. He wants to spend US taxpayer money just to make democrats mad?

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I didn't say I was a conservative,

I know you’re not a conservative.

I said I wasn't a liberal. You seem to be becoming confused more these days.

No, not at all. I don’t smoke, so I’m good.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

First the triumph, though without the admonitory slave. What next? introduce the arena (bigger than the Collosseum of course), hail POTUS etc.

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What a pile of orange cow manure.

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“I have the biggest military parade...the little rocket man his parades they’re small very very small ... my parade with my military is very BIGLY the biggest is what I’m told ... I think so...believe me...that I can tell you “

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So bone spurs suddenly wants us to be like France? I guess his moronic cheerleaders will lap up his ego trip with military props as a good idea, as usual.

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big military parade ...just like all the other despots drumpf admires.

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Such a parade would only stir up even more resentment against the US, resulting in even more terrorist attacks. Perhaps that is what Trump wants??

Trump is the troll-in-chief, and his folk love trolling. So while I can't say that this is what Trump wants, I think that instigating ire is not something that he would shy away from. Want proof he and his Trumpians are trolls? See this very next post after yours:

A huge military parade is a great idea. It will infuriate the Dems

See. This poster gave only one reason they think the parade is a great idea, and that's because it will annoy the other team. That's textbook trolling.

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Commentators say a US parade would be extremely expensive, given the cost of bringing military hardware and personnel to the capital and protecting its streets from tanks designed for war zones.

Personally, I think it would be a cool thing to watch, but I'm not weighing in on whether this is a good idea to actually do or not.

I am however calling BS on whatever 'commentator' is saying the streets need protecting from tanks. The M1 Abrams has rubber pads on its tracks which will be perfectly fine driving on public streets, especially at parade speeds. There won't be any damage from one trip down Pennsylvania Avenue.

Tanks drive on paved roads on military bases and public roads overseas all the time. When I was stationed in Korea, the only way to get our tanks to training areas was just driving a convoy down the road in civilian traffic. The streets will be ok.

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OMG, another Act of War by the United States towards North Korea. Yawn

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I'm sure he'll accuse anyone who doesn't clap when he makes his appearance at the parade as being traitors.

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There won't be any damage from one trip down Pennsylvania Avenue.

No, no. The Donald wants to build his own Champs Elysées to host his carnival on it.

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What’s the opposite of “Walk softly and carry a big stick?” Is Trump trying to compensate for something?

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In honor of whom?

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Let’s move the discussion forward a bit. So there’s a parade, but just a “parade” right, marching soldiers and brass band? Does he intend to parade missiles and tanks, the Abrams or whatever it is today?

This is embarrassing.

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What’s the opposite of “Walk softly and carry a big stick?” Is Trump trying to compensate for something?

Does he drive a red corvette?

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what a joke. why he waste tax payers money?

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He wanted a ride in a horse-drawn carriage in London, then he wanted to meet the Queen. Now this. Will he want extra jelly and ice-cream for dessert tonight?

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They could also have a huge bonfire of dollars to illustrate how much money is wasted on "defense" every year.

Instead of a parade of tanks, how about a parade of medical equipment that will be used to treat Americans without health insurance?

I suppose that idea would be too "socialist" for Trump and his friends, which is ironic when military parades are mostly the realm of unelected despots who call themselves socialists.

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Tinfoil tyrant

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Perhaps the Parade is being planned for after he has finished off N. Korea ?

As Fox news reports, all the previous US Military parades followed Wars, I, II, Gulf....

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/02/07/us-military-parades-throughout-history.html

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A draft dodger wants a military parade, how ridiculous is that thought.!

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The top 5 most commented on stories are officially ALL about Trump now. Can you guys PLEASE stop talking about Trump! He is not worth the distraction.

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