Despite hopeful tweets throughout the day, Donald Trump’s Fourth of July parade at the National Mall has not gone well so far. With pouring rain and sweltering temperatures, crowds are sparse and the members of the military required to march are doing so in the middle of a storm, including the Marine Corps band.
— Jim Spellman (@jimspellmanTV) July 4, 2019
White House staff told reporters that they were concerned about attendance at Trump’s campaign rally/dictorial show of military strength because of the haphazard late planning and expected implement weather. Trump tried to rally supporters to come out and completely spun the facts in his tweets early in the day, saying that lots of people had already arrived. Photos from the event tell a different story.
Trump also promised nice weather for the event, saying that temperatures were already cooling down and that the rain was clearing up. While the temperatures are down to a more tolerable level, that’s because of the rain storms moving through. The United States Marine Corps band was forced to march in the pouring rain, as were the rest of the parade marchers.
Weather reports told a completely different story, as the rainstorms are not expected to clear up until after 1:00 AM EST. Should the rain last that long, it’s quite possible that Trump’s planned fireworks show may not be possible. Military planes doing aerial stunts will also be put at risk by flying in inclement weather that causes visibility issues.
Additionally, crowds of protesters seemed to equal and possibly outnumber the Trump supporters who came out to praise the president. The Trump baby blimp could be seen as could protest signs carried by people standing outside the National Mall who came out to voice their anger at Trump’s feigned patriotism.
The crowds around the Baby Blimp appear bigger than those on the National Mall😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/CH0O02mN2x
— 💙 Koko ✊✊🏽✊🏾💙 (@Kokomothegreat) July 4, 2019
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