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


Comedian and frequent political commentator Dean Obeidallah expressed similar concerns:

While it’d be wonderful if Trump’s proposed event was actually about celebrating the founding of our country, given Trump’s tendency to make nearly everything about himself, this seems highly unlikely. …

Beyond those concerns, this Trump-headlined event appears to be nothing more than a 2020 campaign rally. How can I say that? Well, just look at how Trump spent the last two July 4th weekends as President — back when the 2020 race was not yet top of mind. In 2017, Trump celebrated our nation’s Independence Day by playing golf at his exclusive country club in New Jersey, although he returned for one day to Washington to be a part of the “Celebrate Freedom” concert honoring our nation’s veterans. In 2018, Trump again played golf on July 4th, but this time he stayed closer to the White House by playing a round at his private country club in Northern Virginia.

Obeidallah also observed that Trump’s announcement was followed by tweets praising North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who imprisons political dissenters and forces the citizenry to swear complete and total allegiance to the state.

The discussion surrounding the president’s proposed “Salute to America” brings to mind his recent efforts to see a military parade in Washington. The White House had planned one to commemorate Veterans Day last year but it was canceled after the president cited cost overruns and blamed “local politicians.”

A Defense Department spokesman later contradicted the president’s statements, saying he “was not briefed by any member of the Department of Defense on any cost associated with the parade.”

It had been reported that the parade would cost an estimated $92 million to organize, well above the initial $12 million estimate. It remains uncertain what a July 4th celebration like the one the president envisions would cost, but the idea is likely to face more opposition should the president continue to bring it up.

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