Democrats Rain on Trump’s Military Parade

Army veteran Walz: ‘Stupidest thing I’ve ever heard’

 Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., said the idea of a military parade is “the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democratic members of Congress criticized reports that President Donald Trump had directed the military to plan for a parade in Washington, D.C. 

Trump reportedly told the Pentagon he wanted a parade similar to the one in France he witnessed on Bastille Day. 

But Democratic members of Congress lambasted the idea.

Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Marine veteran, said he served “the ideal of America; not a wannabe dictator.”

California Rep. Ted Lieu, a veteran of the Air Force, laid out potential alternatives for Trump to show he really supports the military, such as having coherent strategies for North Korea, Afghanistan and Syria.

Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz, who is the highest-ranking enlisted soldier in Congress, called the idea “the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard” on MSNBC.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser wasn’t down with the idea.

But Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said on CNN it was ultimately “the president’s call” whether there would be a military parade.

When asked whether he would appropriate the money, Jordan said “we’ll have that debate” and “whether we need a parade or not, I’ll leave that up to the commander-in-chief.”

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York, who served in the Army, said on CNN that cost could be a factor in allowing a parade and he doesn’t “believe that we should have tanks and nuclear weapons going down Pennsylvania Avenue.”

“If there is an idea that could have a greater celebration, obviously I have a question, too, as far as costs go, but I’d be all for hearing out any ideas to make a more special July Fourth Independence Day experience here in Washington, D.C.,” he said. 

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