D.C. Mayor Takes Down Trump On Twitter After His AM Whine About Parade Cancellation

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As it turns out, there are more pressing issues facing the U.S. national government than parades. This week, the Pentagon announced that the D.C. military parade Donald Trump wanted — and had originally been set for this year’s Veteran’s Day — would be pushed off to at least 2019. The predictable Trump Twitter meltdown soon followed, which D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser shot down with her own response.

Trump first whined Friday morning that local D.C. authorities were to blame for his parade cancellation.

He said:

‘The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up!’

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In a manner reminiscent of a child building their video game arsenal, the president added:

‘Now we can buy some more jet fighters!’

Originally, his parade got a $12 million price tag, but this week, the estimated price spiked to some $92 million according to one report. The Pentagon’s announcement that the parade would be delayed followed soon after the circulation of that higher price.

D.C.’s Muriel Bowser owned the responsibility for the price tag change that Trump complained about and tried to pin on her and her associates in his original rant. She cites a price lower than the at times reported $92 million but still above initial parade cost estimates.

She said:

‘Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad).’

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It’s not Bowser’s first recent “victory.”

This past weekend, on August 12, white nationalists planned a Unite the Right rally in her town to mirror the event that devolved into violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year. She joined in solidarity with those opposed to the event — and in the end, barely some two dozen racists showed up. There was no repeat of Charlottesville.

Other nationally prominent efforts she’s been involved with include the push for D.C. statehood. She re-upped that push during remarks delivered during last year’s Emancipation Day festivities, which is meant to honor the day President Abraham Lincoln freed all slaves in D.C.

Trump, going forward, said Friday that he will “attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th.”

Trump originally got his idea for a military parade in D.C. from France’s Bastille Day celebrations that he attended last year.

Estimated costs for his mirror effort in the U.S. include some $50 million for the aircraft, other equipment, and other personnel that would be on hand for the event. In other words, Trump can’t rightfully attribute the price spike to some sort of political maneuvering on the part of D.C. authorities.

Confronted this week with the numbers, Defense Secretary James Mattis sought to discredit the $92 million price estimate — but his department still delayed the parade anyway.

Check out Twitter’s response to Bowser below.

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