Black conservative Paris Dennard defends Trump’s ridiculous, tacky Memorial Day Tweets
President Donald Trump’s tacky tweet on Memorial Day sparked backlash online. Trump said deceased soldiers would be proud of the “accomplishments” his administration has made.
“Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!”
Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2018
The criticism was swift with many on social media pointing out the obvious and taking the President to task for using the somber moment for personal gain and self-promotion.
What a sane, modest contrast to Trump’s narcissistic tweet this morning making Memorial Day all about him. But then Bush 41 is a genuine war hero who would have served even with a bone spur in his foot. https://t.co/1sEj1n9lxI
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) May 28, 2018
— Ann Telnaes (@AnnTelnaes) May 29, 2018
This is the most inappropriate #MemorialDay comment that a @POTUS has ever made. Self-promotion on a day to remember the fallen, and wishing those remembering their deceased loved ones a “happy” holiday is appalling. #CadetBoneSpurs pic.twitter.com/kRse4dnwiu
— VoteVets (@votevets) May 28, 2018
Not only that but before Trump laid a wreath at Arlington ceremony he tweeted:
“This spy conspiracy and Russia before going to Arlington and laying that wreath.”
Though there was a large contingent of people upset with Trump about the tweets, Republican strategist Paris Dennard defended Trump and appeared on CNN to say that the President’s tweets were appropriate.
“The soldiers who fought, bled and died did so for the freedoms of America. They did so so we can have the opportunity to live in a free enterprise system, where we do have a strong economy,” he said to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin.
“They did so so that we would live under American rule and law and not under rule of communism or socialism or under the Islamic state.”
“And so because of their sacrifices and because of people who serve right now, fighting for us and protecting us, we have had the freedoms and free enterprise system and capitalist system that allows us to have an amazing economy,” Dennard said. “So the president’s remarks via Twitter and his remarks there at Arlington were heartfelt and were appropriate.”
Baldwin then asked, “Why go there, today of all days?”
“The president is able to tweet and talk about multiple things,” Dennard insisted. “I think the president has a right — we all have freedom of speech, which is one of those things that those soldiers protect us for the Constitution — for us to be able to tweet and speak how we want to freely.”
Dennard believes the freedom to tweet and Trump’s self-aggrandizement is basically the freedom that the soldiers fought for.
Watch the entire exchange below: