Donald Trump announced months ago that the Fourth of July celebration in Washington D.C. – normally a convergence of parades, music, and nonpartisan merriment – would shift its messaging and pivot towards a rally in honor of the President himself.
Because Trump wanted to speak at the Lincoln Memorial – a taxpayer-funded national monument – he needed the support of Secretary of the Interior and conflict-ridden former lobbyist David Bernhardt. Unsurprisingly, Bernhardt backed Trump’s political fiasco despite the allegations of wasteful spending and widely-received criticism.
“Trump and Bernhardt are spending critical taxpayer dollars on political ploys. Using our public lands and national monuments for political gain isn’t new for this administration but it’s wrong – especially on our nation’s birthday. Celebrating the Fourth of July isn’t about one person, it’s about all of America – and what Bernhardt and Trump have done to our public lands is a slap in the face to the national heritage we should be celebrating. The wasteful spending and the refusal to hear opposition is the latest example of the administration’s bent towards politicizing the totally unnecessary, including their proposal to gut the popular Land and Water Conservation Fund,” said Western Values Project Executive Director Chris Saeger.
Critics have roundly panned Trump and Bernhardt’s Fourth of July fiasco. Below, we have rounded up just some of the news coverage around conflict-ridden Bernhardt and Trump’s co-opting of America’s birthday for a political rally at the Lincoln Memorial National Monument.
New York Magazine: Trump Proposes Fourth of July Parade in D.C., Which Already Exists
Associated Press: Democrat cautions about Trump’s July 4th extravaganza
Common Dreams: Trump’s Upcoming Yankee Doodle Disaster
Washington Post: Trump desecrates America’s birthday
Washington Examiner: Trump gets one hour, prime-time slot in July 4 celebration