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The absurd freakout over Trump wanting tanks for 4th of July is hilarious to watch
Some people are freaking the fuck out over what is basically going to be four tanks and a couple of armored personnel carriers rolling around in Washington for Independence Day.
Sure, bringing in tanks to celebrate the 4th of July could be criticized as misguided given it's not explicitly a military holiday, or perhaps, it could be said that it's a waste of taxpayer money.
But to observe some of the reaction to Trump wanting some armor around to look at, you would think he had just ordered the burning of Congress and the imposition of martial law.
Laurence Tribe, a Harvard Law professor and cofounder of the liberal American Constitution Society, thinks tanks in Washington resemble Tiananmen Square, when Chinese troops and tanks opened fire on protestors.
He's not the only one.
This is a photo from North Korea, with way more tanks than you'll ever see rolling through D.C.
And, actually, it is who America is.
Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich is "profoundly" disturbed.
Meanwhile, MSNBC's Joy Reid opined that Trump's use of tanks sends a threatening message to the "resistance."
Yes, he definitely went there.
So Happy Independence Day, America!
And for those of you in the Washington, D.C. area, be sure to evacuate the city before the tanks trigger the end of the world.
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