WASHINGTON – When Donald Trump's supporters and opponents faced each other during a hot and rainy fourth of July, Trump emphasized vacation issues and paid tribute to the military in a speech that largely avoided politics.
"Our nation is stronger today than ever before," Trump said at one point in his speech at the Lincoln Memorial, repeating a claim he had often made during the campaign.
"As long as we stay true to our cause, as long as we remember our great story, and as long as we do not stop fighting for a better future, there will be nothing America can not do," Trump said during his Salute event to America ".
On that day a parade took place, military overflights, a display of tanks and demonstrations. Trump supporters and demonstrators gathered in Washington from Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to the National Mall. No major violence was reported, although at least one fight broke out on a flag burning in front of the White House.
While telling the story of George Washington and other revolutionaries who defeated the British over two centuries ago, Trump also chose every branch of the modern day He also discussed US accomplishments, from Alexander Graham Bell over the telephone to the Wright Brothers and the plane, and introduced a number of invited guests, the flight director.
at the first moon landing in 1969 up to families with golden stars, who in battle ge loved people had lost.
The backdrop reflected the program's military theme as tanks were displayed on the grounds of the Lincoln Memorial, including one in front of the lectern. Air Force One flew against a cloudy twilight sky as President and First Lady Melania Trump boarded the makeshift stage in front of the memorial.
In various places, sometimes in light rain, Trump paused in his speech to allow overflights on various equipment, from Coast Guard helicopters to a B-2 stealth bomber.
The 47-minute remarks ended with a military band and a choir performing a performance of "Battle Hymn of the Republic". During the event, the band played the marching songs of the Army, Navy and Air Force.
Trump, speaking behind a bullet-proof glass rain shield, also noted that he was standing near the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 1963 speech, "I have a dream."
During another discussion about American heroes, Trump mentioned Betsy Ross. He did not mention the current dispute over the Betsy Ross flag and whether white supremacist groups use it as a symbol.
The weather may have suppressed the crowd, but Trump supporters grabbed the area in front of the stage and on either side of the Reflecting Pool, which is off the Lincoln Memorial.
"The same American spirit that encouraged our founders has kept us strong throughout our history," said Trump. "To this day, this spirit flows through the veins of every American patriot, and lives on in each one of you."
In the National Mall, Liberal activist organization Code Pink has inflated a Baby Trump blimp on Thursday. He shows an orange trump in a diaper holding a twitter-enabled mobile phone in his right hand. It has become a fixture in major protests, including recently in London and on the border between the US and Mexico. The balloon was later emptied because of the wind on the mall.
A baby trump balloon will be displayed near the Washington Memorial on July 4, 2019. (Photo: Yehyun Kim, USAT)
Trump said he had been inspired to stage the extravagance of the Fourth of July with a Bastille Day parade that saw him attend two years in Paris. He has long said he wants a similar event in Washington in honor of the US military with overpasses and rolling military hardware.
Critics accuse him, however, of having sent politicians into a traditionally impartial holiday celebration with his salute to the US military. "
A large area was fenced around the Lincoln Memorial to prevent Inviting people to come to the Memorial without invitation.
It was the first That a presidential government sponsored an event on July 4, since the 1970 Richard Nixon administration issued a "Day of Honor e in America ". Nixon was away, though he delivered a speech by video. Protesters stormed the Nixon event, also at the Lincoln Memorial, and nearly closed it.
On Thursday in front of the White House protesters, some wear T-shirts with the inscription "Revolution – nothing less!" On Pennsylvania Avenue, an American flag lit and the flame rose high above the road. Counter-demonstrators carrying trumpets urged the protesters who flanked the flag, causing punches and falls that had to be disbanded by the police.
Activists also brought along a 16-foot "dumping trump" robot with the president sitting on a gold toilet wearing a MAGA-style hat labeled "Make America Great Again "wears: Impeach Me."
Trump supporters nearby wearing bright red hats marked with the Trump slogan "Make America Great Again!" Responded with the song "I love America ! I love America!
Trump said he was watching a Bastille day The two-year parade sparked a desire to host a military event in Washington, DC Critics said the event was more about promoting themselves.
Critic noted that tickets for Trump's events went to supporters and Republican Party members while excluding the general population.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, a veteran, said The Trump event's planning seemed designed to be his own ego
"When we reduce our nation to tanks and muscle games, we just look like we're the guy with the loud mouth at the bar," he said during a campaign stop in Iowa.
While Trump is in his Speech politics avoided, many of his followers in the crowd were very interested in his re-election offer for 2020.  While waiting in line for an hour, Trump's supporters Will Bowman's son Peyton and June Davis talked about his important electoral turnout in next year's elections. The Bowmans and Davis had never met before.
"That's the beauty of this event," said Will Bowman.  Davis said she was upset over the military demonstration despite criticism from protesters.
"That's why we're here today," Davis said. "The military cares about us."
Will Bowman said he knows today with the speech of the president and the fireworks will be an unforgettable day for his children.
"(Peyton) will never forget this for the rest of his life day," he said.
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