Protesters Slam Trump's July Trump baby blimp returns 2 days ago   08:22

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Anti-Trump CODEPINK protesters hold a news conference about opposition to the 4th July plans for a military parade.

The military hardware is moving into place. So are the protesters. And, ever the showman, President Donald Trump is promising the “show of a lifetime” on the National Mall for the Fourth of July.

Trump is marshalling tanks, bombers and other machinery of war for this year’s Independence Day celebration. It’s an event that is traditionally light on military might, and critics have accused the president of using America’s military as a political prop.

Trump pushed back Wednesday against complaints about the cost of the extravaganza, tweeting that the expenses “will be very little compared to what it is worth.”

Under White House direction, the Pentagon was scrambling to arrange for an Air Force B-2 stealth bomber and other warplanes to conduct flyovers of the celebration on the National Mall. There will be Navy F-35 and F-18 fighter jets, the Navy Blue Angels aerial acrobatics team, Army and Coast Guard helicopters and Marine V-22 Ospreys.

The Pentagon said it had made no overall estimate of the cost of the military’s participation. The Air Force said it costs $122,311 an hour to fly a B-2 bomber, which is making the trip from its home at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri and back. Officials said this will be considered a training event, with the cost already budgeted. They said the per-hour flying cost of the F-22 fighter is $65,128.

Two Bradley fighting vehicles were in place Wednesday near the Lincoln Memorial, where Trump will deliver a speech on for the Independence Day celebration. In addition, two 60-ton Army Abrams battle tanks were sent to Washington by rail to be positioned on or near the National Mall, to the dismay of District of Columbia officials.

Kevin Donahue, deputy mayor for public safety, told The Associated Press the city expects the federal government to pay for any damage to streets or bridges from moving the tanks. Civil engineers will assess the roads and bridges after July 4 to determine if any damage has been done.

Donahue said the city had little choice but to accept the tanks and other heavy equipment, despite objections from members of the City Council.

“We’re not consulted on these decisions, we’re not asked to approve them,” he said. “We don’t have the jurisdiction to say, ‘No, we don’t want tanks.’”

The council tweeted “Tanks, but no tanks,” adding that the Pentagon itself said last year that a tank’s steel tracks could damage city roadways. Also scheduled to make appearances over the Mall are the presidential Air Force One and Marine One aircraft.

Trump, casting the extravaganza as a “Salute to America,” tweeted Wednesday that the show at the Lincoln Memorial “is looking to be really big. It will be the show of a lifetime!”

A day earlier, he tweeted that military leaders are “thrilled” to participate. If so, they were hiding it well. Pentagon officials referred questions to the White House. On Wednesday, the Defense Department said Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was expected to attend.

“Military Leaders are thrilled to be doing this & showing to the American people, among other things, the strongest and most advanced Military anywhere in the World,” Trump tweeted. “Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks!”

“This is raw politicization,” countered Loren Dejonge Schulman, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and a Pentagon and White House official during the Obama administration. She said in an email exchange that Trump’s use of the military appears to be less about honoring the men and women serving in uniform than about trying to “brag to and humor” his political cronies.

Rep. Betty McCollum complained, “Mr. Trump is hijacking the celebration and twisting it into a taxpayer-funded, partisan political rally that’s more about promoting a Trumpian cult of personality than the spirit of American independence and freedom. The Minnesota Democrat, who chairs the Interior Appropriations subcommittee, said the Interior Department and the Pentagon have not answered multiple requests for details on how much the event will cost.

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Comments 1723 Comments

Zoe Pardee
Medea Benjamin is a sweet lady. I met her in Philidelphia in 2005. I have great memories being involved with CodePink back during the antiwar push during the early years of the Iraq war. Please don't lump this group in with Antifa or any other violent faction on the left.
Harold Smith

Somebody blow the claymores!
Dhairya Patel
Giving illegal aliens in the country aid with OUR taxpayer money is a misuse too
Crazy few people slam Trump.
Etuale Malelega
Fucking bush and obama also had wars. So why didn't you guys protest assholes.
Etuale Malelega
0:18 Haa? Spell that fucking name again asshole.
A smile on my face but a Demon inside
$2.5 million spent to celebrate the USA..... $12,287,852 spent to figure out there was no collusion 
which was a bigger waste of money?
let me get this straight they want the tanks banned that fought NAZIS during ww2 and freed us from communism and facsim?
did she just say toffue burgers? ?????
that somes there thinking process up 100%

madea...M..A..D..E..A= WACKOOOO
Aphobias Polemos
To bad these commie snowflakeslut traitors didn't get run over by the tanks
Roger Smith
Sorry bitch
Rory Andresky
I was looking to the protest that turned violent, cause you know, it's funny watching the "non-violent" left turn into hypocrites. But this was just boring and pointless. Whatever. After 30 seconds I started skipping through looking for the crazies but it was only the old crazies. Not as entertaining.
Vic Alexander
Pres. Donald Trump and the US Government contines to ignore the United Nations extradition order issued for the US to extradite Dr John Gunnell to Israel where he has already been sentenced to be executed by the firing squad -- Vic Alexander
This woman is really THAT stupid? The Fourth of July is the celebration of the the independence from England, which was a war, and perhaps her large nose took her brains, it was called the Revolutionary War. We show respect for the Declaration of Independence, and the idea of Trump showing our Military is both a message to the world we CAN and WILL defend ourselves, as well as a token of respect to every American that has and is serving. How fast would this woman turn her back on a fellow American in a time of invasion? How would you like to be in war with these traitors on your side? Why didnt she just stay home and worry about her stupid little cookout (a meaningless self indulged act)? What somebody should do, is shove one of those balloons up her ass, then blow it up, then shove a torch to finalize it. Now THAT would be some fireworks worth seeing.....
The Guy
TRUMP 2020 loser Liberals
Roger Miller
Who the hell wants to eat a TOFU burger!? lol
I wonder how it feels to waste this much time
maddie parker
Tofu burgers? 😂😂😂😂
Lillian 876534
China does it, Russia does it....but we can't do it because of these assholes we have In this country making us soft
Lillian 876534
Don't like America? Then on my 4th of July all I did was gaming
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Trump baby blimp returns Protesters Slam Trump's July 2 days ago   01:02

The six-metre high inflatable balloon depicting Donald Trump as an angry baby has appeared in Washington D.C. to protest what opponents say is his politicisation of the Fourth of July celebrations. Protesters posed with the effigy and handed out mini Trump baby balloons on the National Mall, but were only granted a permit on the condition the Trump was filled with ordinary air and not helium.
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