Congress members are roasting Trump over his weird 4th of July announcement

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In true con artist fashion, President Trump is trying to sell you your own property as if he stole your puppy and then approached you to buy this beautiful little dog that looks just like the one you’re looking for.

In this case, the puppy is Washington DC’s annual Independence Day celebration, a holiday that has been celebrated since 1777 when the nation’s capital was still located in Philadelphia, and the District of Columbia was still fetid swampland.

Trump took to Twitter this morning requesting that everyone “HOLD THE DATE!” — as if we had forgotten that the fourth of July is a national holiday celebrated every year.

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Still stinging from the rejection of the type of pompous and bombastic grand parade of military might that he has previously proposed, Trump seemed to ignore the fact that there has been a huge annual Independence Day celebration featuring fireworks and concerts every July 4th in Washington DC on the National Mall for many years when he announced his “Salute to America.”

That Trump believes that he is the nation’s favorite president demonstrates that he has not read the polling on that subject which places his predecessor Barrack Obama as the best president in the current public’s lifetimes.

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That he believes that the public is clamoring to hear him address the celebration demonstrates the extent of his self-delusion.

Meanwhile, USA Today reports that it is uncertain whether the National Park Service —which has jurisdiction over the area around the Lincoln Memorial intended for Trump’s celebration — has even authorized permits for the event.

“While no final decisions have been made, we continue to work on creating a Salute to America program that will bring Americans from all over the country together in celebration of our great nation,” National Parks Service spokesman Michael Litterst said according to USA Today.

“Asked specifically if that meant the event has not yet been approved, Litterst declined to elaborate,” the newspaper reported.

Trump’s clueless attempt at replicating and assuming credit for an event that already exists drew the derision of Democratic legislators on Twitter, who savaged the president with their sarcastic replies to the news.

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One Democratic congressman, Rep. Bobby Rush, used the president’s tweet as a template for a far more pressing event to mark on your calendars.

Now that’s something to celebrate!

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Original reporting by Brett Samuels at The Hill and by Christal Hayes at USA Today.

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Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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