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We Now Know How Donald Trump Is Diverting Millions of Taxpayer Dollars to Help Pay for His 4th of July Celebration, and People Are Pissed

US President Donald Trump speaks during a Memorial Day event aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1) in Yokosuka on May 28, 2019. (Photo by Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP) (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump's Fourth of July celebration can't seem to stop generating controversy. From the touting of military tanks ravaging the roads of D.C. to the Republican National Committee peddling VIP tickets to Trump's largest donors.

Now, a new development has people giving "Salute to America" the finger.


One of the most pressing questions regarding the upcoming extravaganza was how—and who—was going to pay for it.

While the Trump administration continues to remain mum on just how much of the bill will be footed by taxpayers, but at least $2.5 million dollars has been diverted from the National Parks Service. According to the Washington Post, that $2.5 million comes from entrance and recreation fees used to improve the parks and visitors' experiences.

For perspective, the total cost of past Fourth of July celebrations on the National Mall have typically been $2 million dollars. The money does

People are livid.

One reason the cost and the methods of paying for it have so many people angry is because the celebration, which is traditionally a nonpartisan moment of American solidarity, is shaping up to be just another Trump rally, with the President parroting the same talking points that played a significant role in the country's devolution into stark division.