Obnoxious tanks? What does MSNBC think ‘rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air’ means?

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The resistance to President Donald Trump has become so toxic that nothing is off-limits when it comes to finding reasons to denigrate the him, not even the 4th of July.

But then, if the left is more than willing to exploit migrant children to further their agenda, why not the day marking America’s independence — independence gained after a long, bloody war with Britain.

With Trump getting involved in the annual 4th of July celebration in Washington, an MSNBC panel took great exception to plans to display brand new Abrams tanks — the president toured the manufacturing plant in Lima, Ohio in March, and heaven forbid he should be proud of what is being produced.

Of course, what really irks the left is that Trump opted to get involved in the annual event, and is putting his own stamp on the festivities.

“And we’re going to have planes going overhead — the best fighter jets in the world and other planes too,” Trump told reporters of the planned celebration. “And we’re going to have some tanks stationed outside. Gotta be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks, so we have to put them in certain areas.”

“We have some incredible equipment, military equipment on display. Brand-new, and we are very proud of it.”

But for the cabal who are convinced that President Trump is a tyrant, the tanks play right into their political narrative.

On MSNBC’s “Hardball,” host Chris Matthews set up a segment by declaring that this “is not a democratic display of our values… but of dictatorships.”


Charlie Sykes, editor-in-chief of The Bulwark, was the first talking head teed up to rip on Trump for “militarizing” the event — an assessment that would have to also apply to every single fly-over of countless sporting events.

“I’m also struck by the tacky narcissism of it and how thoroughly annoying it is that the President of the United States needs to take over what was one of my favorite holidays where we celebrated being American,” Sykes said. “It was not a partisan event. It was not a political event. It was about us, not about one man. And yet Donald Trump cannot resist making everything about himself. Yes, the symbolism is disturbing, but I think it’s just the obnoxiousness of politicizing and militarizing this really — one of our nicer, more unified national holidays.”

PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor was next up, and in the process of claiming Trump was politicizing the celebration, she got in a subtle shot at voters who support the president.

“Even though the White House says it isn’t a political event, it sounds like he is talking to his base and the people who he wants to support him again,” she said. “This is of course inherently political. The president constantly is making political conversations, making political statements. He obviously kicked off his campaign during the inaugural address. So it’s the person really trying to show look at all the mighty things I have.”

In setting up Jeremy Bash, who served as chief of staff at the Defense Department and CIA under President Obama, Matthews said the events in Philadelphia on July 4th, 1776, were “not about defeating the Brits, it was about declaring our values,” asking Bash what tanks have to do with that.

“Nothing,” Bash responded, on cue, before going even further out on the branch of lunacy to declare that displaying Abrams tanks was actually “dangerous.”

“This is nauseating,” he said. “This is not just obnoxious tackiness, this is actually dangerous. It’s fundamentally un-American,” Bash said.

“It politicizes a nonpartisan celebration of we the people, of our Declaration of Independence,” he continued. “And it also misunderstands the fundamental nature of our military might. Our military is not strong because of the weight of our armor or because of the speed of our fighter jets. It’s because of the professionalism and skill of our service members who sacrifice everything for our freedom. That’s what we should be honoring on July 4th. Not displays of military might.”

Leave it to MSNBC anchor Joy Reid to jump the shark though.

Appearing on “Deadline,” the race-baiting Reid claimed that Trump “styles himself a tyrant” and that he may be using the tanks as a “threat” to Americans.


“What is the message Donald Trump is trying to send by rolling tanks down Constitution Avenue? Who is that message to?” she asked. “It’s certainly not to tyrants because he loves tyrants. It’s not to Putin, not to Kim Jong-Un, not to the Saudis.”

“The message is a threat,” Reid added. “But it’s always a threat when you roll out your military. But it’s to whom is the threat, and I suspect that the threat is to his fellow Americans. And I hate to say that, but I think that Donald Trump styles himself a tyrant, not a defeater of tyrants.”

As for positioning the tanks, problems were encountered in bringing them in from Fort Stewart, Georgia.

A photo was shared online Tuesday night of tanks being hauled in on trailers outside the Washington Nationals baseball game.

But a Politico reporter shared other photos of problems encountered with an overpass being too low — nothing that a little American ingenuity couldn’t overcome though.

“A source passed along these photos of flatbed preparing to move Trumps July 4th tanks after it was determined they couldn’t clear the overpass,” she tweeted.

Naturally, Trump’s critics will take full advantage of any and all logistical challenges encountered while getting the massive military vehicles into place.


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