April Ryan: Trump's Fourth of July Parade Is All About 'Looking Like a Dictator'

NewsBusters | 7/2/2019 | Staff
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There have been plenty of criticisms of President Trump's desire for a Fourth of July event to take place in Washington D.C. Criticisms include it being a misguided use of funds, the tanks being too heavy for D.C.'s streets and bridges, and assertions it would resemble a Soviet military parades down Red Square.

On Monday, Trump raised eyebrows with his comments about "brand new Sherman tanks," but on the Tuesday edition of CNN's The Situation Room, CNN carnival barker and American Urban Radio Networks correspondent April Ryan came up with a new objection: the purpose of the parade is so that Trump can look like a dictator.

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During the panel discussion on the matter, CNN contributor Bianna Golodryga said that a display of military hardware down the streets of the capital would be "for lack of a better word...very Soviet." Stating that Americans are just not familiar with parades of military vehicles, she added: "And clearly what the President saw in France last year has stuck with him."

Earlier in the segment, Ryan had cited Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro stating that the money for the parade could have been better spent serving homeless veterans, but after Golodryga's reference to Trump's visit to France's Bastille Day parade, she remembered "the piece we're for forgetting."

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According to Ryan, Trump's fondness for Paris' Bastille Day festivities is, "about bolstering himself up, looking like a dictator from another nation or a time that’s forgot." Which, unless she's calling French President Emanuel Macron a dictator, which would certainly be an odd allegation.

Ryan's assertion that Trump wants to use this parade to look like a dictator is not unique in the media. Our friends at The Washington Free Beacon picked...
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