The tanks move in the US capital for the July 4th parade of Donald Trump

WASHINGTON: Tanks, armored vehicles and various military vehicles are arriving in Washington DC. No, it is not a coup d'etat or a military takeover, but the idea of ​​the president of the United States, Donald Trump, of what should be the commemoration of the Independence Day of the United States on July 4: a sample of power and technological prowess.

Residents and media outlets in the US capital were surprised Tuesday when the M1A1 Abrams and Bradley Fighting Vehicles tanks stopped at the rail yard and the Lincoln Memorial respectively, apparently for a parade decreed by Trump that will accompany the Traditional fireworks on July 4.

The Salute to America celebration will also feature American fighter jets such as the F-22 Raptor, the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter and the B-2 spirit in a flypast, along with the Navy Blue Angels demonstration team. , which flies F/A-18 Hornets.

Unlike totalitarian or militaristic countries such as China, Russia and even democracies such as India, which exhibit their military equipment in their national days, the commemoration of July 4 in the United States has been a social and civic event, marked by an exhibition of fireworks and bingeings and drinks, almost without military component.

Trump is expected to change it, much to the dismay of a largely liberal city and the liberal media.

While Trump supporters argued that their reaction was exaggerated given the modest nature of the parade, which is expected to cost less than $ 100 million, others warned that this was a slippery slope given the transparent admiration of the President of the United States for the military dictators and totalitarian Life Leaders such as Kim Jong Un of North Korea and China. Xi Jinping .

Trump himself brought to light the event that was coming, and tweeted with a characteristic indifference: The cost of our great Salute to America tomorrow will be very small compared to what it is worth. We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next to us (Andrews), all we need is fuel. We own the tanks and everything. The fireworks are donated by two of the big ones. Beautiful!

But liberal critics saw a terrible premonition in the event, some of them invoking an appointment attributed to the writer Sinclair Lewis: When fascism comes to the United States, it will be wrapped in the flag and with a cross. Many supporters of Trump are evangelical Christians. .

The military spectacle, along with an improved fireworks display, is expected to result in the closing of the nearby Ronald Reagan National Airport for a couple of hours, even when Trump supporters are entering the city, amid charges that the Republican Party is monopolizing and commercializing. - In addition to militarizing - what should be a national bipartisan event.

The hashtag # BoycottTrump4thofJuly had a tendency on Twitter at the time of writing with fulminating comments from the liberal left in Trump militarizing the July 4th celebration.

The government of the United States will spend millions of dollars tomorrow to make a cowardly draft dodger look like a military hero, reads a tweet. Nobody should support a fake president who wants to play the dictator and spend millions at a party to celebrate while having his children locked in their prisons of overcrowded children. Trump is ruining July 4, which is further proof that it makes America horrible. read another.

A progressive group that criticizes Trump also received permission from city officials (in a very Democratic city) to place around, with diapers Donald Trump Baby balloon near the.

But the group complained that the conditions of the permits forced the balloon to fill only with cold air and unable to reach the flight, frustrating their plans to place it in the line of sight of Trump when he addresses his supporters of the Lincoln Memorial.