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The Fourth of July is almost two months away, but there are already partisan fireworks exploding in Washington.

At least one Democrat is objecting to plans to alter long-standing routines, particularly to the possibility that President Donald Trump will address the nation from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, according to The Washington Post.

Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota, chair of the House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, said Trump’s participation could polarize the nation.

“It’s not about any one president. It’s about how our nation came to be, because of a hardy band of brave men and women,” McCollum said.

“It’s not about any one person, it’s about ‘We, the people.’ And if the president moves to make this about him, I think he will find the American public disappointed and angered by it,” she said.

The Post report, which was published Friday, drew heavily upon sources it did not name to describe Trump’s heavy involvement in planning the event. According to the report, Trump’s address — first mentioned as a possibility in a tweet February.

At the time of Trump’s announcement, his idea was received coolly by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

“Planning for that to make sure that all the participants are safe down on The Mall is not something that you can wing, it has to be planned and planned well, and moving the President during that could be a very considerable undertaking for our MPD, which would pull them off the already large crowds that we have,” she said, according to WTTG.

The Post report said the administration wants to move the annual fireworks display from the National Mall to West Potomac Park along the Potomac River.

In addition to the traditional concert at the West Lawn of the Capitol, there might be other entertainment at another venue in the event, which is being called “A Salute to America.”

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, whose office has overall responsibility for the event, was optimistic about what Americans can expect.

“I think the president is excited about the idea, and we’re working hard on it, and I think it could be very, very meaningful. The president loves the idea, as probably all Americans do, of celebrating America on the Fourth of July, or thereabouts,” he said.

Changing the site where fireworks are launched would result in what Bernhardt termed “a significant expansion of space that’s available to watch the fireworks from the Mall.”

“And we might even have some more surprises in store for the public, very very soon,” he said.

Trump has been proposing a major parade in Washington during one of America’s patriotic holidays ever since he participated in a Bastille Day parade in France in 2017, but the idea was dropped once it was estimated to cost $92 million, Fox News reported.

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66 Comments

66 Comments

  1. CapnJack

    May 11, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    He’s our President you schmuck. The countries leader in case you missed it.

    • Dean Perry

      May 12, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Which counties? LOL

  2. Stella Honeycutt

    May 11, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I think its a Grand Idea.

  3. Beverly Seymour

    May 11, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Let the President speak anywhere he wants…it is a Free Speech country and that includes him. No matter what he does the liberals will gripe…how is anyone going to take them serious? The people who are dividing the country are the liberals who refuse to accept reality that Trump won the election and 62 million people made that happen. GET OVER IT.

  4. Scott

    May 11, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    DO IT MISTER PRESIDENT!

  5. PT

    May 11, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Oh no! Something else for the Dems to complain and cry about.

    • ERIC

      May 11, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      EXACTLY!

    • Stanley W Harrison

      May 12, 2019 at 9:27 am

      They could have stopped with Democrats Furious. Must be hard going around angry all the time.

  6. Tommy Ryan

    May 11, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    WOW.
    The “post” & “journal” tout obozo as “innovative” when he included unamerican rhetoric in the national day of prayer, flag day & July 4th…& he & his “1st lady’s” disdain for america & the citizens with the hot-mic “all this over a f***ING flag” comments on flag day, etc…

    President Trump’s love for America is claimed to be “dangerous, expensive and risky” (look at Senate & reps in Washington DC… THAT’S dangerous, expensive and risky) because of a celebration of our nation’s birthday…those 2 twatwaffle wrap rags are useless for anything other than that.
    Politicians opposing anything resembling a positive America need a reality check…& a direct path to the unemployment line come 2020 & 2022…

    • ERIC

      May 11, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      DAMN STRAIGHT, BROTHER! IF THEY DON’T LIKE IT, THEY CAN MOVE TO N. KOREA OR VENEZUELA!

      • Nick Byrne

        May 12, 2019 at 1:45 pm

        OR, a better solution: We can move their sorry asses to those fine parts of the world. Think about that.

    • AM

      May 12, 2019 at 12:57 am

      Awesome comments!! Great response!

    • Beverly Thorpe

      May 12, 2019 at 6:27 am

      I think it will be even more wonderful moving the fireworks along the Potomac so many more American citizens can see the fireworks with their entire families. I can’t wait to see the wonderful displays, events, and to hear his comments in a short speech, because this president truly loves this country and wants to celebrate it. It will be fantastic to see some of our military from every branch march in a celebratory parade in DC. I did not vote for Obama but he was OUR president for 8 years and I would never have disrespected him, like the comment woefully crying disdain for him daring to speak at the Memorial. It sounded as if the president doesn’t have the right as president to speak near Lincoln Memorial since he is such a “bad” president?? How dare the writer commenting be so biased and disparaging in that one hateful comment. This is the president for ALL of Americans who truly loves America and the American people. He merely want to do his best for our nation, and if every member of any party would go on line and read the list of accomplishments and battles he has won for the good of all, they would see that he may be rough around the edges at times, but that he has brought America back to Faith, Patriotism, Respect for our country, and Prosperity. So…..for one single day, can we not JOIN together without partisanship and celebrate our Freedoms that no other nation in the world has achieved?

  7. ERIC

    May 11, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Of course the Dems are against it! 2 reasons 1) They hate Trump! & 2) They hate America! F them all! U.S.A.! FOREVER! MAGA 2020 & then some, bitches!

  8. Ms.Jan

    May 11, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    NOOOO! It’s too dangerous for the president.

  9. JerryV

    May 11, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    President Trump, a president who actually loves America, and the Fourth of July celebration. What a great combination,

    And for those that are worried about “polarizing it“, don’t go. Turn off your television and don’t watch it. If you really believe that having President Trump at a Fourth of July celebration is wrong, you’re a sad, sad person.

  10. Joseph Kempski

    May 11, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    So how come the dems try to screw the country. Bunch of losers

    • Joseph Kempski

      May 11, 2019 at 10:49 pm

      PS. Fuck the Democrats

      • Wilson

        May 11, 2019 at 10:55 pm

        We were never meant to be a two party or Democratic system. It was always meant to be a Republic or the split would have been the other way around and us splitting from their political party.

        • Grace Joy

          May 12, 2019 at 8:33 am

          I never thought of it that way: Thanks.

  11. Fred Sheehan

    May 11, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Yes, Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota, “It’s about how our nation came to be, because of a hardy band of brave men and women” who showed up on the battlefield with their firearms. Why don’t Democrats remember the latter fact when they propose to violate the second amendment, and propose laws that polarize the nation? Hypocrites.

  12. Michael Groves

    May 11, 2019 at 11:13 pm

    I don’t think President Trump will make this about himself at all. Remember. Unlike Barack Obama who made everything about himself. Remember the Memorial for the fallen officer where Obama couldn’t stop talking about himself? I remember. President Trump has class. I bet he makes it about the nation. I find it interesting how Liberals didn’t scrutinise Barack Obama like this. Was it because he was black?

    • AM

      May 12, 2019 at 12:59 am

      Exactly!!!!!

    • DM

      May 12, 2019 at 2:34 am

      No, it couldn’t be because Obama was “black”, because he was 50% white, 41% Arab and only 9% black African. But people forget that and try to make it look like he was “black”

    • Nick Byrne

      May 12, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      He isn’t only black, He is a MUSLIM!!! An enemy of our great nation, and we have nitwits that voted him into office to lead it???? Why don’t we all contract AIDS and give it to one-another. Sounds like an equally great idea.

  13. Kenneth Barr

    May 11, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Thank you Mr. President for your love, faith and desire, courage & strength for America!!

  14. Bill

    May 11, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    Let it be President Trump. You are the man in charge, so I guess we will see you at the monument…

    • Dean Perry

      May 12, 2019 at 10:35 am

      What monument??? Aren’t the fireworks being moved FROM the mall????????

  15. Captain Dennis Monk

    May 11, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Where do I send my request for an admission ticket. Will be a great event, being surrounded by folks in red hats.

  16. SFC D Monk

    May 11, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Where do I send my request for an admission ticket? Will be a great event, being surrounded by all those folks in red hats.

    • Dean Perry

      May 12, 2019 at 10:27 am

      Admission ticket? You are clueless, aren’t you??????

      • Len

        May 12, 2019 at 3:50 pm

        You sound bitter as hell. Must eat you alive that Trump is President. Get used to it, Dick Perry (you say your name is Dean but you sure sound like a dick to me) because it will be that way til 2024!!!!!

      • Richard A. Seamn

        May 12, 2019 at 4:56 pm

        Hey Dickhead Perry, you are going to be toothless, fuck clueless, you useless fuck.

  17. Deb

    May 12, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Yes it’s a big cost but President Trump wants to show honor to our country and our military. In case the Dems forgot we are a free country because of our Military men and women. And the Democrats think nothing of paying millions of dollars out for retreats and booze at our expense. They think nothing of all the money they spend on stupid unnecessary investigations. And look how many times have they voted to give themselves raises. Here’s a thought Democrats why don’t you vote for a decent raise for social security recipients. We paid into it. Gee last time we got what 15.00 and Medicare raise our cost so they took 10.00 of that raise. Woopee we got 5.00 raise. A lot of the people in congress are millionaires. They don’t need a raise. If they would stop taking Manley from social security we would be getting a decent amount to live on each month. Thank you Mr. President for loving America.

  18. Severa WEDDE

    May 12, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Go Bonanza, Mr. president, you care and love America and the loving American People are with you!

  19. Janine

    May 12, 2019 at 12:51 am

    I don’t have a problem with it at all. Obama stuck his face on TV on a daily basis no matter what. Get over yourselves DemoRATS.

    • AM

      May 12, 2019 at 1:04 am

      Yep, Obummer made EVERYTHING about himself!! He spent 24/7 ADORING HIMSELF!! Nobody could beat him in that category if they even tried! By the time he was out of office, I had seen & heard him so much, I would gag and get sick if anyone even said his name!!!

  20. Meredith

    May 12, 2019 at 2:00 am

    He just keeps shaking up Washington..
    and I love it.

  21. Mike McBride

    May 12, 2019 at 2:08 am

    The only ones polarizing the nation are the Democrats. They will do anything to stop the President even when it hurts the country.

  22. GyMack

    May 12, 2019 at 3:53 am

    POTUS should send Invites out to every Member of the House and Senate, except for DemoCrat Members, just for shits & giggles.

    Elijah Cummings, aka Kermit the Frog, could be part of the entertainment, by playing Leap Frog on the roadway.

    POTUS could have the DOJ lock up all of the Traitors to America, in a coordinated arrest all at the same time and stream it live on TV. That would be the best 4th of July Event, ever.

    Semper Fi, Merica ❤️

  23. Jeanette

    May 12, 2019 at 5:50 am

    It will be a party worth attending, or watching. Trump 2020!
    Not like the Obamas, I had no intrest in seeing them, and never watched them.

  24. neo

    May 12, 2019 at 7:32 am

    We will have to endure the countless “I”‘s spoken by our president during his speech like he ALWAYS does….Oh ! WAIT that was OBOZO and his speeches where he made EVERYTHING about him…..not Trump….where was her OUTRAGE THEN ?????….crickets…(hint …listen to ANY Obozo speech and see how many “I’s” there are in it)

  25. Debra K Dove

    May 12, 2019 at 7:46 am

    I love the idea, our President loves this country, nothing at wrong with a huge celebration to our Independance of OUR COUNTRY. Mr. Trump is OUR President and the democrats are not, the democrats s hould have nothing to do with this. Leave our President along. They act like they should be making all the decisions not the President. They are totally trying to take over. Let them go over to other country and take over, but leave our President alone.

  26. David

    May 12, 2019 at 8:29 am

    McCollum, your just a typical Deamoncrat, always an obstructionist, anything trump proposes is wrong in your eyes, well the country is getting tired of you Deamoncrats on Trumps back. You fools will find yourselves being voted out of many offices because the People are just plain tired of your CRAP. You people are just too stupid to see it because your pompous, egotistical mentalities are way overboard. Bluntly speaking, you people suck!

  27. Big Montana

    May 12, 2019 at 9:03 am

    Yea, so the despicable “D” Party don’t want anything to do with celebrating America. It is fun to watch these creatures have their little melt downs.

  28. Bill Van Dam

    May 12, 2019 at 9:56 am

    It’s about, “We, the people” says McCollum. Since when do the democrats give a damn about the people? Didn’t they have some scummy Muslim give prayer in congress? What the hell is up with that? President Trump supports Israel, so now the deamoncraps again must oppose him. No matter what our president does, the scumbag democrats go the opposite way. Make no mistake about it, the democrats are out to turn our country into a 3rd world nation so they can maintain control up until the time it collapses.

    • Dean Perry

      May 12, 2019 at 10:33 am

      Since when does Trump give a damn about the people?

      • Nick Byrne

        May 12, 2019 at 2:08 pm

        Since the day he was born. Dean, it’s Bastards like yourself that caused the Civil War.

      • Leo

        May 12, 2019 at 3:59 pm

        Wake up Dick Perry! Trump has always been for the people. You just aren’t used to it after 8 years of piece of shit Obozo.

  29. Dean Perry

    May 12, 2019 at 10:31 am

    Moving the event towards to river means it’s further away from mass transit ( Metro and the bus system ) unlike the Mall. Folks wanting to go are the elderly and little kids, but screw them if this pisses off liberals.
    Also this is NOT a Trump Rally and having a mass of unhappy Washingtonians MAY backfire on President Bone Spurs.

    • Ron

      May 12, 2019 at 10:40 am

      There’s a metro stop one block from the Potomac…other forms of public transportation run there as well.

  30. Margie

    May 12, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Sign me up!! Set the Date & Time so I can make travel plans!!
    Can’t wait to attend this Wonderful National Event!
    Thank you President Trump for trying to bring the USA together for some enjoyment!

  31. Ginny

    May 12, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Democrats need to take notice, this is what it looks like to bring the country together! What better way, a celebration of Fireworks!!
    Thank you President Trump for trying to bring this country together, refreshing from the Democrats effort to divide!

  32. jerry N williams

    May 12, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Entertainment and an address by your favorite President me! (Love It ) I bet the Libs are burning after that tweet. Ha! Mr. President how about a military parade to.

  33. DMH

    May 12, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    I don’t care if the President speaks from the Lincoln Memorial, the Statue of Liberty or the Golden Gate Bridge — even the Moon if he can get there. But the National Concert belongs where it’s always been — on the steps of the Capitol. What’s next — an Oath of Office taken in secret at Mar-a-Lago?

  34. Janet Walke

    May 12, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Obama was not voted in by the people, he was invented, indoctrinated and inserted into the presidency on behalf of the devil himself.
    They are screaming now for President Trump’s tax returns…he is under NO OBLIGATION to provide them…when everyone wanted to see Obama’s birth certificate, the powers that controlled him fought tooth and nail, produced several documents (all fraudulent) and the matter was dropped.
    I trust DJT implicitly…the dems, not at all…

  35. fred H SMITH

    May 12, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    a big IF.. IF there is any type of rioting you can bet you will find a Democrat behind it,,They cant admit they lost in 16 and are running scared because they have NO ONE capable of challenging Trump.

  36. Richard A. Seamn

    May 12, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    I would love to speak to our President Trump as one true American to another. You, Sir, have the power that we true Americans gave you when you took office, to do what you think or feel is right for the good of our great Country. And that, Sir, gives you the total right and power to tell those anti American demorats and MR. ( USE THE TERM VERY LOOSELY) DEAN AKA DICKHEAD PERRY, TO GO OFF IN A CORNER AND NOT SO GENTLY FUCK THEMSELVES. aS FOR YOU MS. DICKHEAD PERRY, I WOULD LOVE TO MEET YOU MAN TO MAN, (THAT IS IF YOU HAVE BALLS, WHICH I DON’T BELIEVE YOU HAVE)ANYWHERE YOU CHOOSE AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU WILL NOT BE USING YOUR DUMB MOUTH FOR AT LEAST A MONTH, YOU, LADY, ARE A NO CLASS PIECE OF SHIT. IF YOU DON’T LIKE WHAT I SAY——MEET ME,—–PUSSY.

  37. Ken R Isom

    May 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    He flys in on chopper and leaves on chopper.. normal secure area… so what the extra costs for 2 minute ride. I’ll pay for the fuel.

  38. Trumpster

    May 12, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    We have not been able to get rid of the Democrats and I think Donald Trump has figured out how to do it. If he keeps their blood pressure up sooner or later they are going to have a stroke and die. Now who would have ever thought about doing something like that lol

  39. amielou

    May 13, 2019 at 9:08 am

    we will love to hear what our president has to say and on the independence day of our country is that much sweeter.

    GO DONALD TRUMP!!

  40. Tony

    May 13, 2019 at 10:18 am

    If the Dems hate it, I’m all for it. Why do the Dems pretend to like anything patriotic? We all know otherwise in their actions and behavior. Dems are constantly berating the USA and it’s citizens saying “America isn’t great” or ‘America never was great”. who gives a crap how they feel or what they think. Just Do It.

  41. Jon Wisdon

    May 14, 2019 at 9:54 am

    We the people elected Donald Trump as President. The fact that the democrats didn’t vote for him doesn’t change that he is the President. Get over it. What better gesture than for the leader of our country to appear at the Fourth of July celebration of our country. How can it be divisive for the man we the people elected to appear before those who elected him? If you want to bring the country together, respect the President and get over your hatred because your hilliary lost. Support the President and work to make the country better rather than the continual lies and bogus investigations and and obstructionist tactics. WE THE PEOPLE ELECTED DONALD TRUMP. Accept it.

  42. Proud vet

    May 21, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Anything the communist a.k.a. Democrat party is far is bad for America and I’m sure most of the good people have realize this they are anti-American they piss on the oath of office and those who died for this nation. The only time they hide behind the constitution is when their asses in or on the line. I would like to see all of you swinging from the gallows is they all have violated your oath of office and get a graded anything the communist a.k.a. Democrat party is far is bad for America and I’m sure most of the good people have realize this they are anti-American they piss on the oath of office and those who died for this nation. The only time they hide behind the constitution is when their asses in or on the line. I would like to see all of me swinging from the gallows is they all have violated your oath of office!

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