Our July 4th Salute to America at the Lincoln Memorial is looking to be really big. It will be the show of a lifetime!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2019
The big question for the fireworks display that is concerning folks around potus, per multiple administration officials – will the crowds actually show up, or will this be inauguration redux?
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 3, 2019
“An informal survey of more than a half dozen Trump donors and allies showed that none plan to attend. Several Republicans close to the White House returned POLITICO’s calls from beaches at least one plane ride away from Washington.” https://t.co/1WB0H2ZdIV
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) July 3, 2019
… “They started this too late and everyone has plans already,” said Dan Eberhart, a Republican donor and CEO of the drilling services company Canary, LLC. “Everyone will be there in spirit, but in reality, people planned their July 4th activities weeks ago.”
Less than 36 hours before the event, White House aides were crafting Trump’s speech, while administration and RNC officials finalized the guest lists.
A White House official declined to explain the system for handing out tickets or the various tiers of VIP access, except to say the reserved seating area — extending from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to the middle the reflecting pool — will feature veterans, Trump family and friends and special guests. The first lady, vice president and second lady, and a number of Cabinet officials are expected to attend, as well as several senior White House officials — though the aide stressed this, too, was still coming together.
“They are creating this thing from scratch, and I do not know if anyone knows how it will go off,” said another White House aide. “There are questions about the ticket distribution and who will show up. The weather might be bad. Heads are spinning.”…
The Trump event has caused tension throughout Washington during what is a typically a quiet vacation week. Congress is on recess and many D.C. residents typically use this stretch of time to escape D.C.’s humidity…
Nothing sums up the Trump administration quite like being unprepared to celebrate a holiday that's occurred on the same day since the 18th century https://t.co/3c5f4bbQD7
— Gregg Carlstrom (@glcarlstrom) July 3, 2019
2 tanks + 2 Bradleys parked on the National Mall is simultaneously a hideous message about militarism over democracy AND a limp, pathetic attempt to placate the most toddlerish of boomers.
It's the Red Square equivalent of a bouncy castle.
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) July 3, 2019