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Joy Reid: Let’s face it, Trump’s July 4th tank pageant is a threat to the American people

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A leftover from yesterday that raises an important question: Must the Resistance always be so “extra,” as the kids say?

To which they’d reply, I suppose, “Must Trump?”

There are many reasons to object to this event but “he’s threatening his critics with tanks” is not one of them unless you’re on MSNBC live for a panel chat and the other 20 reasons have already been covered.

The tanks aren’t the problem. It’s banana-republic-y to have them in the capital — if anything, July 4th should be a day to celebrate the fact that we don’t typically see tanks there — but tanks have been used in D.C. parades before. The problem is Trump staging a pageant on a national holiday with himself as the star and the military coopted as his co-star, right as the next presidential campaign is heating up, coincidentally. Jonathan Bernstein writes:

What’s worse than the partisanship is the central place of Trump in the celebration. The national holidays of the U.S. simply aren’t about the aggrandizement of the president, and it’s an excellent tradition that presidents typically haven’t taken part at all in the Washington Fourth of July events, much less hijacked them for their own use. It would be bad enough if Trump could be trusted to deliver a bunch of bland patriotic clichés in his planned address to the nation – even if all he did was read the Declaration of Independence – but the record is pretty clear that he isn’t capable of speaking to the nation’s democratic heritage, or in fact giving any kind of speech without his usual bluster and braggadocio. At any rate, the great leader presiding over a militaristic celebration of himself and the nation is what happens in authoritarian regimes, not in democracies.

It’s not true that he can’t deliver a speech without bluster. His speechwriters usually rise to the occasion, as they did during the D-Day ceremony this year, and he seems content to stick to the script when called upon to perform some ceremonial role. Odds are better than even that his remarks tomorrow will be appropriate to the moment and not some “Democrats love crime” stemwinder like you’d see at one of his rallies. But it’s true enough that keeping the president offstage on the Fourth is a nice tradition. We see too much of presidents as it is. In fact, we see too much of politicians as it is, a thought that occurred to me recently when my reading of a new Trump grievance-rant on Twitter was interrupted by a new Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grievance-rant on Twitter. Modern politicians, especially populists with large followings, are exhausting. And tomorrow, on a day that’s supposed to be about the country, we’re going to get another snoutful of one of them.

This is a special problem with Trump because he’s already freakishly inescapable in media and politics. Everything constantly returns to him because his whims change day by day. There’s no “administration” per se; there’s just whatever he wants to do at a given moment. If he wants to meet Kim Jong Un suddenly while he’s in South Korea or cancel a world-changing attack on Iran at the last minute after hours of preparation, that’s just how things roll. A DOJ lawyer admitted in court today that he learned that the Department would be continuing the fight for a citizenship question on the census from a presidential tweet this morning. Even this pageant was sort of spur-of-the-moment, which is why it might have trouble drawing people from the political and donor class who’d already made plans. Literally everything is about him, including Independence Day now. I alternate between thinking that that’s Trump nationalist impulse at work, equating himself with the country — he’s framed the Russiagate probe as a sort of “treason” — and thinking that it’s just his showman nature expressing itself. This is a guy who used to run a beauty pageant, remember, and now he gets to run a national pageant with himself as emcee and the U.S. military as special guest. In the end the “Trump” brand gets stamped on everything, even July 4th.

Sometimes I think he’s a tragic figure. If ever a man was born to be a Hollywood producer, where he could get rich, chase women, schmooze endlessly, and put on huge spectacles for entertainment, he’s the guy. He could have been Robert Evans! But he had to settle for being president. Tomorrow’s spectacle is the closest he’ll get to a Trump-produced extravaganza.

There are other reasons to dislike the pageant. Instead of getting day off to enjoy with their families, some servicemen will be forced to participate. (They’ve already received their “script,” apparently.) The Park Service is having to move money around to cover the cost. The event has turned partisan and swampy, with the RNC receiving tickets to lavish on well-heeled VIPs but the DNC being frozen out at last check. If I’m wrong about Trump sticking to the script tomorrow and he ends up turning a national celebration into a platform to attack his opponents, military personnel who are there will technically be in breach of ethics rules. Even if he doesn’t, the Pentagon is reportedly worried about politicization of the military if the event turns even more partisan.

Most basically, though, insisting on showcasing the military on a civic holiday dedicated to the nation writ large is an oddly militaristic gesture by a president who hasn’t been aggressive militarily. It’s absurd for Reid to warn about Trump threatening his critics when he won’t even pull the trigger on attacking Iran with the hawks all around him in the cabinet are begging him to do it. He doesn’t like using the military, to his great credit. But he loves the idea of “strength,” and that’s how he seems to conceive of America’s strength — in terms of military power. He’s not threatening anyone by bringing tanks in, he’s showing off what he thinks the most impressive thing about America is. But as I say, his speechwriters will almost certainly rise to the occasion. Here’s hoping he doesn’t go off-script.

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Gallup: Pride in being an American reaches modern low — thanks to rock-bottom numbers from Democrats

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In 2001, before the 9/11 attacks, the share of Americans who said they were “extremely” or “very” proud of their country was 87 percent. That number held relatively steady for the next 15 years, through 9/11, the Iraq war, Katrina, and the duration of the Obama presidency, never dropping below 80 percent.

Then, in 2017, it fell to 75 percent.

And now, in 2019, it’s fallen to 70 percent, with the share who describe themselves as “extremely” proud at 45 percent — the first time that number’s been less than a majority during this century.

Wha’ happened in 2016?

Perhaps … this graph might enlighten us?

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Note that that’s not a reflection of how many people claimed *some* pride in being an American, just those who claimed they’re “extremely” proud. But even so, it’s revealing:

1. Until the rise of Trump, Democrats and independents tracked very closely. Only in the last two years have they diverged, with indies maintaining a somewhat smaller share of “extreme” pride than they did during the Obama years and Dems falling off a farking cliff.

2. The current Democratic numbers are less than half what they were during the darkest days of the Iraq war. I blogged during that period and, let me tell you, I never dreamed that Democratic animosity towards a Republican president would be worse than it was then. Not only is it worse under Trump, his ascendance has colored perceptions of the country itself in ways Bush’s tenure didn’t. Which maybe makes sense: To some Iraq is more a colossal error in judgment than a symptom of some deep character flaw in the country. (Anti-war activists would counter that nothing reflects a deep character flaw so much as a major misbegotten war.) But no doubt there are some rank-and-file Dems who viewed Bush as incompetent yet his hope for liberal democracy in the Middle East as at least well intentioned. That same benefit of the doubt on good intentions — on pretty much any subject — is out the window for them with Trump, which helps explain why “electability” looms so large in this year’s primaries. When the current president has made you lose faith in the country itself, all you want to do is get him out.

3. The *highest* level of “extreme” pride claimed by Democrats since 2001 is less than the *lowest* level claimed by Republicans. For all the hype about how much righties loathed O and his vision for the country, “extreme” pride never dipped below 68 percent among Republicans towards the tail end of his presidency. And for all the hype about how loyal GOPers are to Trump, they have yet to reach the level of “extreme” pride during his tenure that they did towards the end of Dubya’s, when his job approval overall was deep in the toilet.

4. Aside from one small blip after Obama won reelection, it’s been a long time since a majority of Democrats were “extremely” proud to be American. You might have expected the election of the first black president to have perked up their numbers in 2009, but nope. “America isn’t great” has been a core Dem conviction since the Iraq war which not even Obama’s tenure could correct.

In lieu of an exit question, here’s a Trump-sized dook that was dropped on the NYT op-ed page yesterday because, I guess, there’s only one mood a right-thinking liberal newspaper can properly have when Independence Day rolls around. Actual title of this piece: “Please Stop Telling Me America Is Great.” It’d make a terrific Democratic slogan in 2020.

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