President Trump has made it clear that he has no regrets about his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, despite the inordinate amount of backlash he has received from all over the world.
On Friday, according to POLITICO, Trump’s campaign team announced that a “Pittsburgh, not Paris” rally will be held across from the White House on Saturday to celebrate the president’s decision.
The rally is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning in Lafayette Square, the same area that served as a meeting ground for protesters who gathered on Thursday to express their disdain for the president and his anti-science actions. It is being hosted by the Fairfax County Republican Committee and the Republican Party of Virginia.
The invitation to the event includes the following message:
‘As you know, the President has been under siege from the mainstream media and the Democrats, especially now that he put American jobs first by withdrawing from the Paris Accord. Therefore, we are organizing a group to demonstrate our support for President Trump and his fearless leadership.’
The “Pittsburgh, not Paris” line comes from a message that President Trump delivered in a speech on Thursday. In defense of his decision, Trump claimed that as the president of the United States he is not responsible for aiding other countries, especially those that are supposedly costing the U.S. money.
‘The same nations asking us to stay in the agreement are the countries that have collectively cost America trillions of dollars through tough trade practices and, in many cases, lax contributions to our critical military alliance. You see what’s happening. It’s pretty obvious to those that want to keep an open mind. At what point does America get demeaned? At what point do they start laughing at us as a country? We want fair treatment for its citizens and we want fair treatment for our taxpayers. We don’t want other leaders and other countries laughing at us anymore, and they won’t be. They won’t be. I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.’
Overall, the response to the announcement about the Pittsburgh, not Paris rally has been less than positive, as can be seen in the tweets below.
Fer fuck's sake, just call it the "March for Stupidity": https://t.co/eFnr8Lc5nk
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) June 2, 2017
The Trump campaign is holding a "Pittsburgh Not Paris" rally tomorrow in a park named after a French man. pic.twitter.com/BWwPvwn34Y
— Doug Gordon (@dgordon52) June 2, 2017
Ok. Let me see if I got this:
Virginia Republicans are having a "Pittsburgh not Paris" rally in Washington D.C. instead of Pittsburgh. ?
— Tami Bry ??????????? (@Tami_Bry) June 3, 2017
Many people have also pointed out that the rally coincides with the “March for Truth,” the purpose of which is to call for a completely independent investigation into Trump’s Russia ties.
March for truth was planned weeks ago. Trump having Pittsburgh not Paris rally in DC tomorrow. He wants clashes for Putin to see on tv.
— Tim (@tim_username) June 2, 2017
We’ll just have to wait until tomorrow to know for sure, but it seems likely that the March for Truth will be the more highly attended event.
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