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Echoing the concerns of many of their colleagues, the panel on Tuesday’s edition of Morning Joe had hyperbolic analysis of President Trump’s planned “salute to America” in honor of Independence Day. No one on the panel had harsher rhetoric than The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, who invoked a tired comparison of President Trump to a dictator while slamming the idea of a President addressing the nation on its birthday as “awful.”
Guest host Willie Geist began the discussion on the “Salute to America” by announcing that “President Trump has requested an array of military vehicles, including tanks and fighter jets, to be showcased” at the event, in addition to mentioning that the President will give an address at the Lincoln Memorial. Geist played a clip of President Trump talking about how “we’re going to have planes going overhead; the best fighter jets in the world, and other planes too” while stressing that they have to be “pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks so we have to put them in certain areas.”
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Geist proceeded to let Robinson go on a rant about the “Salute to America.” After describing how Independence Day festivities typically unfold in the Nation’s Capital, Robinson slammed President Trump for making Washington, DC’s annual Fourth of July festivities into “a combination Trump rally and Kim Jong-un style military parade.”
Robinson was hardly the only talking head to use the “Salute to America” as an excuse to compare President Trump to a dictator and/or compare the idea of the event to something that would take place in an authoritarian country. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and his panel bashed the President’s plans as “un-American” and something that would take place in the former Soviet Union while CNN’s April Ryan said that the...
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