One of an American commander in chief’s most solemn duties is to preside over the nation’s Memorial Day honors at Arlington National Cemetery. There’s a speech; a wreath-laying; and, of course, a rousing rendition of the national anthem as the gathering comes to attention — one of the first honors a young service member learns to render. How did president Trump do in his second major encounter with Gold Star families?
What’s going on there? PATRIOTISM, right?
This guy likes it:
— Alex 🇺🇸 (@SoCal4Trump) May 30, 2017
That’s one piping hot take! Hard to tell if this guy likes it, though:
@MaxBoot What do you think was on Maddis' mind when Trump was fidgeting and singing during a memorial day service?
— Taylor White (@T_G_White) May 29, 2017
Let’s accept on face that the president — who likes “people who weren’t captured,” tells Gold Star families he’s “made a lot of sacrifices,” calls safe sex in the 1990s “my personal Vietnam,” and blames “the generals” for battle casualties — just swayed along to the Star-Spangled Banner at Arlington, beating a rhythm with the fingers on his chest, warbling the words out of patriotism. Selfless, altruistic patriotism. What other explanation could there be, anyway?
— The Independent (@Independent) May 20, 2017
— Miriam Goldman Eps (@Miriam411) May 18, 2017
“Leaders have been told to hold normally windy remarks to just two to four minutes to keep Trump’s attention” https://t.co/R74qd7lOQZ
— POLITICO Magazine (@POLITICOMag) May 20, 2017
— Amanda Wills (@AmandaWills) May 25, 2017
Yep, gotta be patriotism!
In fairness to Trump, he did a lot of other stuff at Arlington, too, like laying the wreath at the Unknowns and assisting Tea Party Dot Org in selling its #1 Rated All Natural Smart Pill:
America is already great.