Mr. Pierce, at Esquire:
… This thing has the potential to be the biggest, chewiest cluster of fck in Washington since the last time Louie Gohmert dined alone. And an infinitely more perilous one.
This is out-and-out banana republic authoritarian performance art. That it also is obviously a multimillion-dollar exercise in low comedy is sadly beside the point. It should be mocked, relentlessly and everywhere, by every American who still has a sense of dignity and a vague memory of what an actual celebration of patriotism feels like…
MAKE. IT. SO:
So Trump’s Fourth of July speech is happening during the time when most people will be eating and not watching TV. Oh, and the networks won’t cover it. This is working out great. https://t.co/4Ga7aUfwsT
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 4, 2019
What if the GOP threw a military extravaganza, and only the Fox News shut-ins watched? Per Deadline:
… PBS and C-SPAN will join Fox News in providing live coverage of “Salute to America,” while CNN and MSNBC have said they will only break in to regular programming as news warrants.
The broadcasts networks will rely mostly on their streaming channels for Trump’s portion of the event — ABC News Live, CBSN and NBC News Digital will all provide live coverage — and report stories for use on their respective evening newscasts.
NBC has its own July 4 celebration, its annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, which will air from 8-10 PM ET/PT, with a one-hour encore at 10 PM.
All other broadcast networks are airing regular programming in primetime…
Answer: pretty much zero.
The Declaration of Independence is an extraordinary political act. Not a military one. Get your tanks off my goddamn lawn.
— EM Simpson (@charlie_simpson) July 1, 2019
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— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) July 4, 2019
Looks like it’s shaping up to be the Fyre Festival of 4th of July celebrations. https://t.co/DLXlAAE5IB
— Candice Aiston (@CandiceAiston) July 3, 2019
Nothing symbolizes the political liberties enshrined in the Declaration of Indeprndence more than shutting down civilian airports and ferrying tanks into the capital city. #MAGA
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 2, 2019
I agree it’s not scary. I still think it’s wasteful, and I don’t think the president should do frivolous things that force suspension of operations at DCA. https://t.co/7BtZcpt9Cc
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) July 3, 2019
the main thing I'm learning about the tanks in DC for the parade thing is that it'd be hard to actually mobilize armor to take and hold the city and I, for one, love shows of force that inadvertently reveal a ton of flaws in the strength they're trying to project
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) July 3, 2019