Donald Trump may be an idiot, but once he seizes on a really stupid idea, he certainly won’t let it go — so he’s a consistent idiot, too. Take for example military parades: He wanted a bunch of tanks rolling around Washington DC for his inauguration, but had to settle for tractors, and that’s just not good enough. So nobody should be surprised the idea is still animating what passes for his mind. While appearing with French president Emmanuel Macron, Trump couldn’t stop yammering about how much he wants to do a military parade that would put France’s Bastille Day festivities to shame:
Trump: "We're actually thinking about, 4th of July, Pennsylvania Avenue, having a really great parade to show our military strength." pic.twitter.com/sowDJdNvaY
— NBC News (@NBCNews) September 18, 2017
You see, he was really impressed by how well France (Not Russia! Not North Korea! You’re the parade!) puts on a great big public display of the defense budget:
“I was your guest at Bastille Day, and it was one of the greatest parades I’ve ever seen,” Trump told Macron, who sat next to him. “It was two hours on the button, and it was military might and, I think, a tremendous thing for France and the spirit of France.”
“To a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July Fourth in Washington down Pennsylvania Avenue,” Trump said.
And it was France, so you can’t say it sounds totalitarian, now can you?
Emails obtained by HuffPo in March showed that despite denials from Team Trump, inauguration staff really had asked the Pentagon to show them a catalog of neato military hardware that could be rolled out to show that Donald Trump really loves him some tanks, so everyone will forget he was a draft-dodging chickenhawk who considered the struggle to not get herpes while sleeping around his “personal Vietnam.”
Ultimately, the hopes for a big military parade came to nothing, although there was supposed to be a flyover of military aircraft. The flyovers were cancelled due to lousy weather, despite Mr. Trump’s assurances that when he talked about it later, he’d say the rain stopped, the sun shone, and the biggest inauguration crowd in history watched in amazement as our beautiful planes flew over, each in a ray of sunlight sent by God.