Thursday, July 04, 2019
Military officers are concerned about President Trump's Fourth of July celebration. They don't want it to become politicized, but Trump is erratic and might veer from his text into campaign rhetoric. The services are supposed to remain strictly apolitical and not engage in any activities that smack of it. Hence, the generals standing with the President this afternoon have a right to be nervous. They don't want to be seen as endorsing Trump. There is a question why "the Donald" is holding this celebration anyway. There already is a major event that has been held for decades on the Mall. Insinuating himself would seem political even without direct references to his record. Whatever happens, the generals will have to bear it and hope something like this doesn't happen again.