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WATCH: Kamala Harris Says ‘I Think the President Needs to Realize It’s America’s Birthday, Not His Birthday’

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Kamala Harris, Donald Trump

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and President Donald Trump. (Wikimedia Commons)

Yesterday, President Donald Trump tweeted a widely mocked “Save the Date” message for a big celebration in Washington D.C. The celebration in question? American Independence Day.

The nation’s capital already has a slew of festivities planned for the holiday, just as it does every year. When asked about the president’s tweet, Senator Kamala Harris, a Democratic presidential hopeful, laughed and said: “I think the President needs to realize it’s America’s birthday, not his birthday.”

Harris wasn’t the only Democrat to poke fun at the president’s proposal, which he floated earlier this month during a Cabinet meeting.

Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) was also perplexed.

As was Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who is also said to be considering a presidential run:

Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) offered a more pointed response, tweeting a “HOLD THE DATE!” of his own, saying Democrats “will do our constitutional duty to protect our system of checks and balances” against the president’s multiple violations of “the Congress’s constitutional authorities.”

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) was appropriately sarcastic.

The White House has not commented on the president’s tweet and it’s unclear how his proposed bash would work with existing events.

Other critics of the president’s announcement, such as CNN political commentator Chris Cillizza,  say his proposed event would give the president the opportunity “to weaponize the idea of patriotism.”

“Patriotism, in Trump’s world, is supporting his policies without question,” Cillizza wrote. “Protesting those policies, which, by the way, was how America was formed, is tantamount to rooting against our country.”

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