Monday, May 27, was Memorial Day, the holiday the U.S. uses to honor the brave men and women who have died in the line of duty.
President Trump acknowledged the occasion in a series of wordless tweets showing videos and pictures of himself at Arlington National Ceremony.
https://t.co/lZRn4j8SpD— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1558961674.0
#MemorialDay🇺🇸 https://t.co/FmwhvPvvQU— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1558961830.0
https://t.co/BmmWXDFMQP— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1558967612.0
President Trump, who was overseas in Japan for Memorial Day, made a point of meeting with American troops stationed on an assault ship nearby. That didn't stop his critics, however, from pointing out his tenuous history with the military.
@realDonaldTrump We honor our real heroes... those who served. Men who didn’t get doctors to write bone spur notes.… https://t.co/I2rlkXPeBz— TKresist (@TKresist)1558963194.0
During the Vietnam War, President Trump managed to dodge military service due to bone spurs, though many of the President's detractors believe the medical issue was a fabrication.
@realDonaldTrump You lied to the U.S. government about having bone spurs.— Jeffrey Guterman (@Jeffrey Guterman)1558961726.0
@realDonaldTrump You’re the president. Are you telling me that you have no words of your own for those who died for… https://t.co/0pr55daIDN— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1558961783.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/vzp2Zkr5S1— I luv being Teamster (@I luv being Teamster)1558962603.0
Trump's Arlington Cemetery videos did little to impress Twitter.
@realDonaldTrump Wonder if the person who got drafted because you pretended your feet hurt was killed in action.— Brian P. Hickey (@Brian P. Hickey)1558962384.0
@realDonaldTrump This President is spurred on by the bravery of our troops. No bones about it.— Jeremy Newberger (@Jeremy Newberger)1558963624.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/oNTZnf7RQX— I luv being Teamster (@I luv being Teamster)1558963056.0
Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama sent out a heartfelt tweet that reminded many of his eloquence.
On Memorial Day, we remember all those who gave everything for something greater than themselves. It's up to us to… https://t.co/4m5HbHFzcb— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama)1558970815.0
Twitter was touched by the former President's sentiment.
@BarackObama Thank you Mr. President!— Justin (@Justin)1558970852.0
@BarackObama Thank you for always honoring and remembering our war dead on Memorial Day.— Christine Gregory (@Christine Gregory)1558998229.0
Compared to Obama's message, it was hard not to notice Trump's lack of comment on Twitter, a platform where he's normally so verbose.
You misspelled “today on #MemorialDay we put country over party and honor the fallen who paid the ultimate sacrific… https://t.co/3f5mZcyvCP— Christine Pelosi (@Christine Pelosi)1558963946.0
Those upset that Trump was in Japan for Memorial Day, in fairness he spent Veteran’s Day in France and missed a cer… https://t.co/m8ly0Iy2p5— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1559005452.0
He DID, however, make a point of wishing the Japanese military a happy Memorial Day.
Here is the video of Trump wishing the Japanese military on a Japanese military ship: happy Memorial Day. https://t.co/OdCLe78ud9— ALT-immigration 🛂 RIP #sweetsophia (@ALT-immigration 🛂 RIP #sweetsophia)1559008697.0
Trump is in Japan, on Memorial Day, in a country directly under the threat of North Korean missiles, contradicting… https://t.co/iwj9UHCK3T— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1558979439.0
People felt that America's fallen soldiers deserve better.
If you don't hate what Trump is doing to America with special intensity on Memorial Day, you don't understand what he is doing.— David Rothkopf (@David Rothkopf)1558969595.0
For that alone, we should be grateful Buttigieg is in the race. Trump’s refusal to serve ― his use of wealth and fa… https://t.co/yRSBXCOx8W— Jennifer Rubin (@Jennifer Rubin)1559002099.0