President Donald Trump announced this weekend that he’s planning a large celebration in Washington D.C. for the Fourth of July via Twitter this weekend, but Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris thinks the event is celebrating something else.
“I think the President needs to realize it’s America’s birthday, not his birthday,” Harris told CNN Sunday after laughing at the mention of the tweet.
In Trumpian fashion, the president tweeted out the news and referred to himself as “your favorite president.
“HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th,” Trump wrote Sunday morning. “It will be called ‘A Salute To America’ and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!”
HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th. It will be called “A Salute To America” and will be held at the Lincoln Memorial. Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 24, 2019
However, the nation’s capital already hosts a major Fourth of July celebration that includes a parade, entertainment, a fireworks display, and a massive gathering on the mall.
Besides Trump’s address, it is unclear how different this Fourth of July event will be from every other year or how it would bring “one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington D.C.”
The already existing fourth of July parade, called America’s National Independence Day Parade, boasts on its website of “hundreds of thousands of spectators.” PBS hosts “A Capitol Fourth” event every year that includes musical performances and airs the annual fireworks display in what they claim is an audience of hundreds of thousands of people every year as well.
Trump’s announcement comes months after he was forced to cancel his planned Washington D.C. military parade after reports estimated the cost of the parade at $92 million.
Harris’ comment implying Trump’s Fourth of July celebration is a selfish endeavor isn’t surprising considering the California senator often refers to Trump’s other major plan for a southern border wall as a “vanity project.”