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A Fourth of July travesty

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7/12/2019, 6 a.m.
President Trump’s ego-driven, militaristic Fourth of July display has come with a big price tag.

President Trump’s ego-driven, militaristic Fourth of July display has come with a big price tag.

According to the latest figures announced by the Pentagon and the National Park Service, the president’s public show in Washington of tanks and military equipment, jet and aircraft flyovers and a huge fireworks display cost America’s taxpayers $3.7 million.

That’s too bad, particularly when the federal deficit soared 77 percent in the first four months of 2019 to $310 billion. That’s up from $176 billion a year ago, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

It’s also too bad because America is being led by a man who proves almost daily how little he knows about this nation. And he shows us just how little he cares.

Reading from his prepared text on July 4, President Trump said:

“In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified Army out of the Revolutionary Forces encamped around Boston and New York, and named after the great George Washington, commander in chief. The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown. “Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry, under the rocket’s red glare it had nothing but victory. And when dawn came, their star-spangled banner waved defiant.”

There were no airports or air travel in America in the 1700s. And the battle at Fort McHenry, which inspired Francis Scott Key to pen a poem that became the lyrics for “The Star-Spangled Banner,” took place during the War of 1812, not during the Revolutionary War.

Geez.

Our only question: Could President Trump answer the civics questions on the U.S. citizenship test given to the immigrants he so despises?

We think not.

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