Fox Business FoxFor most people around the world, a commemoration of D-Day is a remembrance of the sacrifices made and lives lost during the largest seaborn invasion in history that began on June 6, 1944. However for Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee which oversees the Republican Party or GOP, this 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord and the Normandy Beach landings should focus elsewhere.
In an interview on Fox Business, McDaniel stated:
"We are celebrating the anniversary, 75 years of D-Day."
"This is the time where we should be celebrating our President, the great achievements of America, and I don't think the American people like the constant negativity."
The organization she heads endorsed her comments by sharing them and the interview clip on the GOP's official Twitter account.
.@GOPChairwoman: We are celebrating the anniversary, 75 years of D-Day. This is the time where we should be celebra… https://t.co/8NItoRUNku— GOP (@GOP)1559745739.0
So according to @GOPChairwoman the D-Day anniversary is for celebrating ... Donald J. Trump. If ever there was evi… https://t.co/Lc7WzQgd45— George Conway (@George Conway)1559778223.0
The Normandy invasion of 1944 was a massive push by Allied Forces to defeat the remaining Axis power of Nazi controlled Germany in Europe. Italy surrendered the prior year in September of 1943.
Casualties were high for all involved.
So many took offense over McDaniel's suggestion that for D-Day commemoration, people in the United States should celebrate and focus on President Donald Trump.
@GOP @GOPChairwoman No, D-Day is not for "celebrating our president." What a vile statement.— John Miller-Barron (@John Miller-Barron)1559747061.0
The GOP spokeswoman says the 75th anniversary of D-Day is when we should be "celebrating our president." Trump avo… https://t.co/AwadT8eS8V— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen)1559781235.0
@GOP @GOPChairwoman We don’t “celebrate” D-Day; we *commemorate* it and the sacrifice so many of our countries’ yo… https://t.co/CAqbnOU9ya— Dee Lindeman (@Dee Lindeman)1559753734.0
@briantylercohen To the GOP: https://t.co/2G7xcwccmu— J110484 (@J110484)1559783325.0
@gtconway3d @GOPChairwoman Of all the things @GOPChairwoman has pushed out in a tweet, this most outrageous. No con… https://t.co/jMiiY0D4kh— Casey Nikoloric (@Casey Nikoloric)1559783733.0
@gtconway3d @GOPChairwoman to save the world from Hitler and the Nazis. Estimates vary, but ~12,000 allied troops p… https://t.co/uLdcgWvX2N— Casey Nikoloric (@Casey Nikoloric)1559784693.0
@gtconway3d @GOPChairwoman Their stories. That day. And the story of the remarkable military campaign that followed… https://t.co/l5LtxAXqoO— Casey Nikoloric (@Casey Nikoloric)1559785183.0
For the GOP, D-Day is for celebratin’ a draft-dodger instead of memoralizin’ the actual brave men and women that di… https://t.co/oadWLOsChO— Tea Pain (@Tea Pain)1559790123.0
Neither the President's father nor grandfather served in the military, for any side, during either WWI or WWII. The President himself was born almost two years to the day after D-Day, on June 14, 1946.
In an interview with Piers Morgan—filmed for his state visit to the United Kingdom—aired before attending the D-Day commemoration, President Trump explained why he never spent time in a military uniform either, despite eligibility from 1964 to 1972. Trump stated:
"I was never a fan of that war, I’ll be honest with you. I thought it was a terrible war; I thought it was very far away. You’re talking about Vietnam at that time—nobody ever heard of the country."
His comments are causing many to question his medical disqualification and academic deferments.
@JMillerBarron @GOP @GOPChairwoman Like Memorial Day, it's a solemn day of remembrance, not a frolicsome celebratio… https://t.co/WBpHLShZcL— Carla (@Carla)1559751921.0
@briantylercohen @TheSWPrincess Does she mean our bone spur president? Our not a fan of war president? Our no one… https://t.co/zvXq72OrsJ— Pat Icia WARREN 2020 (@Pat Icia WARREN 2020)1559787829.0
@briantylercohen @SenSasse as the son of a WWII vet who gave everything he had, this makes me want to vomit. Today… https://t.co/kE9UqHa1wF— HuskerTJ (@HuskerTJ)1559788522.0
@briantylercohen @DemocracyStorm Only the chair of the Republican Party would propose honoring a draft dodging cowa… https://t.co/24TnXuEEH7— MOTR Politics (@MOTR Politics)1559790655.0
But many wanted people to remember who D-Day should be about.
"A mate of mine died in my arms." This is what happened to Harry on D-Day 👇🏼😢 https://t.co/hN1hE7IVte— BBC Breakfast (@BBC Breakfast)1559816061.0
US soldiers above Omaha Beach on day after D-Day: https://t.co/bNBCAWvVB7— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss)1559829902.0
As we recognize D-Day, we must remember the bravery of soldiers like Tom from California, whose actions eventually… https://t.co/A8Fveh9629— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris)1559833570.0
WATCH: 97-year-old US paratrooper veteran Tom Rice, who served with the Army's 101st Airborne Division, recreates h… https://t.co/kzaGoFjjXE— NBC News (@NBC News)1559832094.0