Shortly after taking over at the White House, Donald Trump began talking about a parade that he was planning that would mark the centennial of World War I and honor U.S. military veterans “on or about Nov. 10, 2018. He further suggested that the celebration of America’s military prowess and personnel would be something the likes of which had never been seen.
Trump’s vision included showcasing the military’s latest weapons including tanks that would roll down Pennsylvania Avenue along with so many other requests and embellishments that the Pentagon estimated the cost to be nearly $100 million. Critics shared concerns that the parade had the makings of one more akin to those demanded by dictators who ruled countries like North Korea and Iraq than anything in the U.S. Nonetheless, Trump continued with his plans.
Then, he ran into a roadblock. And he subsequently canceled the parade.
That hurdle came in the form of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser who utilized Trump’s preferred means of communication, Twitter, to get her message to the president — one that both argued for and defended the District, its government officials and further lodged her complaint for being pulled into such a high-priced “dictator-like parade,” particularly given the short amount of time that she and her team were given to prepare an estimate of logistical costs for an event for few details had been provided.
As one would expect, the Twitter line would go back and forth including words from Trump that included “poorly run,” and “fake news,” to which John Falcicchio, Bowser’s chief of staff, remarked, “When they go low, we go high,” reminiscent of first lady Michelle Obama’s message shared during the last Democratic presidential convention.
All we can say is, “handle your business, Mayor Bowser.”
And as a postscript, D.C. deserves a voice that’s empowered with a vote. Don’t let the drive for statehood die. We’re fully capable of handling our own affairs. And the time is long overdue.