Big 4th of July in D.C. “Salute to America.” The Pentagon & our great Military Leaders are thrilled to be doing this & showing to the American people, among other things, the strongest and most advanced Military anywhere in the World. Incredible Flyovers & biggest ever Fireworks!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2019
As I predicted last night, the Fourth of July parade has brought out the crazy in people, especially the tanks:
That now deleted Tweet from Canadian journalist Charles Adler, was captured by the blog SmallDeadAnimals, who pointed out that WWII General and Republican President Dwight Eisenhower's Inaugural featured a parade with...tanks.
As Instapundit noted “Trump has the left protesting the Fourth of July!”
Here's a Tweet from an actual journalist:
Yep. That’s a TANK crossing the Potomac River for the first time in...well...ever??? #4thofjuly2019 #SaluteToAmerica @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/IQB6wYAkNA— Eric Flack (@EricFlackTV) July 3, 2019
People point out that it's not a tank (it's a Bradley) and it's not crossing the Potomac, as you can see from the sign.
So Flack responds
tanks crossing the potomac for the I want to thank the twitterverse for pointing out that this is not a tank, its a Bradley Fighting Vehicle. And the Bradley Fighting Vehicle is crossing the Anacostia River, not the Potomac. Still. Bizarre.
Flack (this is his actual name) is a "Murrow and Emmy winning Investigative Reporter at WUSA 9, the CBS affiliate in his hometown of Washington, D.C." So he's lived in what the Army refers to as the United States Army Military District of Washington (see shoulderflash at right) completely surrounded by military bases and activities, including the Pentagon, and has apparently never seen a tank.
The Guardian has more on people freaking out:
Washington on ‘tank watch’ as military vehicles roll in for Fourth of July
Residents spot tanks ahead of Trump’s celebration but question if US capital’s roads and bridges can support such heavy vehicles, July 3, 2019
Once again, it's not "Trump's Celebration" and they're not Trump's tanks. They're America's.