Fox News, which is President Donald Trump's "executive" time in the White House, is poking fun at this desire for a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.
On Wednesday, Fox News anchor and frequent Trump critic Shepard Smith joked about the president asking the Pentagon to arrange a military parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. Trump suggested that he would like to have his own parade after witnessing a Bastille Day parade during a visit to France. Such a parade would cost millions of dollars and disrupt business as usual in the nation's capital.
"He could go see the tanks at a military base if he wanted to," Smith said. "Or they could give him replicas. Little mini replicas. I mean, he wants to see what he has. I had some of those when I was a kid." Smith went on to add that Trump could be given "the little plastic ones and lay them out on the table and say, 'Here you go.'"
Smith's guest, Fox correspondent Jennifer Griffin, joked that instead of having a parade, "we can play Strategy and Risk."
Even Fox host Brian Kilmeade, usually one of Trump's biggest fans, said the parade would be a "waste of money."
Twitter had a field day with this entire thing. Dario Navarro said that "Great idea! Trump could also get toy aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, landing craft and Navy Seal action figures and play with them in the bath. Think of how much fun Donnushka would have playing god! Vlad would be so impressed!"
Great idea! Trump could also get toy aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, landing craft and Navy Seal action figu… https://t.co/ubKH7H1Otp— Dario Navarro (@Dario Navarro) 1518086449.0
Retired Major General Paul Eaton slammed the president and his request, saying that ""For someone who just declared it was 'treasonous' to not applaud him... it is clear that a military parade isn't about saluting the military - it's about making a display of the military saluting him."
“For someone who just declared it was ‘treasonous’ to not applaud him... it is clear that a military parade isn’t a… https://t.co/F8XNnVFOSl— VoteVets (@VoteVets) 1518038069.0
Economist and former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich shared his depiction of what such a parade would look like.
Senator Rand Paul made a great point about military parades, considering the United States has not had a military parade since the end of the Gulf War in 1991.
So, by all means, a parade – yes! As long as it is a victory parade heralding an end to America’s longest war.https://t.co/xGKvILuQa1— Senator Rand Paul (@Senator Rand Paul) 1518122856.0
Touche, Senator Paul.