- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 3, 2019

MSNBC’s Joy Reid warned viewers this week that President Trump’s pro-military parade over the Fourth of July holiday should be seen as a “threat” to “the resistance.”

Bradley Fighting Vehicles, a flyover, and other military equipment that will punctuate Independence Day festivities spooked the host and a panel discussing Mr. Trump’s motivations.

Ms. Reid said allies around the world — and critics within the U.S. — should be wary of Mr. Trump’s “Salute to America.”

“What is the message Donald Trump is trying to send by rolling tanks down Constitution Avenue? Who is that message to?” the host asked Tuesday, Real Clear Politics reported. “It’s certainly not to tyrants because he likes tyrants. He loves tyrants. It’s not to Putin, it’s not to Kim Jong-un, not to the Saudis. Is it to our friends, to western democracies who he doesn’t particularly like, or is it to us? Is it to the resistance in this country? ‘I’ve got tanks. I have this military armada.’ The message is a threat. 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.”

Mr. Trump had a simpler explanation Wednesday: he wants to entertain Americans.

“Our July 4th Salute to America at the Lincoln Memorial is looking to be really big,” he tweeted. “It will be the show of a lifetime!”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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