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Trump prepares to turn Independence Day into political rally

Dana Milbank on

WASHINGTON -- For President Trump, every day is Presidents' Day.

As Trump prepares to turn Independence Day into a political rally, the question is not why he has decided to crash the nation's birthday party on the Mall, but why he didn't do it sooner.

One by one, he has tried to remake our holidays to his benefit.

He issued a federal order declaring his Inauguration Day a "National Day of Patriotic Devotion."

He claimed credit for saving Christmas, so that "everybody's very proud to be saying 'Merry Christmas' again."

On Thanksgiving, he proclaimed his gratitude for himself and "having made a tremendous difference."

 

He attempted a grand Veterans Day military parade -- reviewed by him -- and when he failed to make that happen, he skipped the traditional visit to Arlington National Cemetery because he was "extremely busy ... doing other things."

On Memorial Day, he said "those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud" of his leadership.

And on the 75th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy last week, he used the white crosses of fallen Americans as his backdrop for an interview condemning "Nervous Nancy" Pelosi and the "fool" Robert Mueller.

And now: "HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th ... at the Lincoln Memorial. Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!"

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