Tuesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," regular panelist and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson expressed despair that President Trump intends to speak at the annual 4th of July fireworks display at the National Mall and has called for a military parade.
"It's just obscene," Robinson said. "To take this and to make it into what seems to be kind of a combination Trump rally and Kim Jong-un style military parade of hardware and equipment with Sherman tanks is ridiculous."
EUGENE ROBINSON: If you've raised kids in the Washington area you know about the fourth of July and Washington and it's a glorious day. There's like a fairly cheesy but wonderful patriotic music show on the steps of the Capitol there. There are people filling the Mall. America in its glorious diversity, all kinds of people and it's not a political day. It's a day for patriotism. And then you have the fireworks. Usually, it's like cloudy and often you just see sort of diffuse flashes of color and light ahead and it's a horrible traffic jam. It's glorious and wonderful and it is one of the best days in the year in Washington despite the fact it's usually 95 degrees.
To take this and to make it into what seems to be kind of a combination Trump rally and Kim Jong-un style military parade of hardware and equipment with Sherman tanks which is ridiculous. The last Sherman tank was taken out of service in 1957...
But it's just obscene. It really is. and I just -- I just hope it doesn't spoil the whole day. I mean, of course, they'll try to do have the biggest fireworks ever, and that's okay. But presidents don't speak at the Fourth of July. It's the people's day. It's not the presidents' day and he's trying to turn it into something else and I just think it's -- I think it's awful.