Today is the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings at Normandy, commonly referred to as D-Day. Every year, the world marks the occasion with solemn speeches, honoring veterans living and dead, and general seriousness. Enter Donald Trump.
Trump has a tendency to commit faux-pas on the regular that would have ended in a crucifixion if former President Barack Obama had done it, but this D-Day, the current President took things to a whole new level of disgraceful.
First, he delayed the entire ceremony in Normandy because he suddenly needed to sit down with Laura Ingraham of Fox News.
French television cameras spotted President Trump sitting down with Fox’s Laura Ingraham - fourteen minutes *after* the ceremony in Normandy was set to begin. Thousands of people waited as an announcement overhead came on, declaring the program would be delayed until 11:15a.— Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) June 6, 2019
Remember the tan suit thing? Good times.
So what was so important that Trump needed to delay the entire D-Day ceremony for it? Well, he needed to bash Nancy Pelosi and Robert Mueller, who is, lest we forget, a war veteran.
“Before delivering his speech at the ceremony, Trump lashed out on Fox News at fellow Americans Robert Mueller and Nancy Pelosi, saying the former ‘made a fool out of himself’ and that House Speaker Pelosi ‘is a disaster,’” reports Deadline.
Some have noted that President Emmanuel Macron was also late to the ceremony, but it’s probably safe to say that he wasn’t late because he had to sit down with a news personality and trash a veteran.
This comes a day after Trump upset people with his ill-timed comments about the Vietnam War during his interview with British journalist Piers Morgan.
“Well I was never a fan of that war. I’ll be honest with you. I thought it was a terrible war. I thought it was very far away. Nobody ever — you’re talking about Vietnam at that time and nobody ever heard of the country,” Trump rambled. “Now I wasn’t out in the streets marching. I wasn’t saying, you know, I’m going to move to Canada, which a lot of people did. But no, I was not a fan of that war. That war was not something that we should have been involved in.”
He stopped short of admitting that his alleged bone spurs were a fake excuse to get out of serving, but his comments did not sit well with anyone. Senator Tammy Duckworth, a veteran herself, called Trump a coward in no uncertain terms and trashed him on Twitter.
#CadetBoneSpurs: no one cares whether you were a “fan” of the Vietnam War. No one believes you were medically unfit to serve. You used your wealth & privilege to avoid serving your country five times, forcing another American to serve in your place each time. 1/ https://t.co/bSZbQlnWMf— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) June 5, 2019
Senator Duckworth is far from alone in her low opinion of the President right now.
I think Trump should be forced to resign for attacking decorated war veteran Robert Mueller and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi while on foreign soil at a D-Day remembrance ceremony at the American cemetery for soldiers in Normandy. But I just work here.— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 6, 2019
Nothing says respect for the soldiers who died fighting the Nazi threat like delaying the #DDay75thAnniversary ceremony for— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 6, 2019
a draft-dodging, bonespur interview with Neo-Nazi sympathizer Laura Ingraham.https://t.co/xo7WlpLCHD
Standing in the American cemetery at Normandy is, for lots of people, an overwhelming experience. The sense of awe and reverence and gratitude and tragedy is just hard to process at that scale. It's D-Day and Trump is at this sacred place and this is what's on his mind. https://t.co/yuMJfCrJ3g— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) June 6, 2019
Trump undercuts whatever salutary effect his speech might have had by giving an interview to @FoxNews in which, with the cemetery as backdrop and at a time of reflection on the meaning of D-Day, he attacks Speaker Pelosi and Robert Mueller. Everything Trump touches he dishonors. https://t.co/AzU8Bv4AEu— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) June 6, 2019
While participating in D-Day celebrations, on sacred ground, with graves of soldiers in the background, the coward with fictional bone-spurs deemed it appropriate to attack Mueller, a decorated war veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart. Trump is a disgraceful embarrassment. https://t.co/xtXUhGrtzu— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) June 6, 2019
Just listen to Trump to know why he's so uncomfortable during events like D-Day remembrances. Heroes he envies, sacrifices he thinks were foolish, freedom against tyranny when he'd be on the other side and he knows it.— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) June 6, 2019
Earlier today, Donald Trump received plaudits for reading a speech someone else wrote from a prompter.— VoteVets (@votevets) June 6, 2019
Now we find out before the speech, off prompter, he used the backdrop of D-Day graves to smear Purple Heart recipient Bob Mueller, and the duly elected Speaker, @SpeakerPelosi.
Trump shouldn’t be at this beautiful D-Day commemoration ceremony - this ceremony honors freedom, democracy, and courage. All things he stands firmly against.— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) June 6, 2019
CNN's Amanda Carpenter, an ex-Cruz aide, absolutely shreds Laura Ingraham and Fox News over its Trump #DDay interview: "What I see, just as an American, is a draft-dodging president who is sitting down with a woman who regularly defends anti-Semites" https://t.co/RTTAXXKm0R— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) June 6, 2019
People have to want better leadership for this country and on the world stage more than business as usual. He is repeatedly hosted, empowered and sees no problem w claiming unearned honor. Veterans fought for that?— Loren Gomez (@RealLorenGomez) June 6, 2019
People who obsess over how important they are force others to wait for them for no reason other than to satisfy their deep insecurity.— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) June 6, 2019
They should have held the ceremony without him.— Molly Roush (@mollybroush) June 6, 2019
Like he couldn’t wait until after the ceremony, guess that would have made him late to get back to his golf game in Ireland.— K L Kemp (@kempklc) June 6, 2019
Nothing slows a person more than phantom heel spurs. Except the prospect of not being the centre of attention & having to listen to constant eulogies on the heroism of others.— KCG (@plantingtheoar) June 6, 2019
That's just how much respect he has for others. That's why he never served. He doesn't have the capacity to serve anyone above himself!— Just Cris ???? (@CrisNycris12) June 6, 2019
The whole event turns my stomach. My father was there 75 years ago and suffered serious injury. He never complained unlike capt. bonespur,— Bill Schulz (@billschulz52) June 6, 2019
It makes me physically ill to see him with these brave men and women. He's doing his slomo speech that he thinks makes him seem empathetic. The absolute carnage of descriptive words is unnecessary. Who wrote this trainwreck? The delay was incredibly disrespectful and rude.— Antsy One (@iamnottense) June 6, 2019