President Donald Trump paid tribute to fallen U.S. soldiers in a nearly minute-long video and in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetary on Memorial Day. He also sent out a few tweets, Monday—one of which caught the Internet’s attention, particularly for its self-congratulatory nature.
In it, the President both applauded his administration (taking credit for many already in-progress strides leftover as a result of Obama administration policies) including the current unemployment rate for African-Americans and Hispanics, which he noted was proof of the “best economy in decades,” and he presumed to know what the military men and women who died in service to this country would have thought of the current state of the nation.
Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2018
Moments later, the President’s Twitter account was back at its usual shenanigans tweeting an onslaught of FoxNews anti-democrat hyperbole about former U.S. President Barack Obama and Trump’s so-called “Spygate” allegations.
After folks got over the initial shock of the presidential tweet…
Legit did a double take because I thought this might be from a parody account. Nope. Trump thinks Memorial Day is all about him. pic.twitter.com/J9S1ts8E3S— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 28, 2018
…they had a LOT to say about the poor taste of the President’s self-aggrandizing tweet this Memorial Day:
Did you seriously just put thoughts into fallen heroes heads about how great you think you are doing?!? ???— J C Slater (@johncorriv) May 28, 2018
Please don't speak for the dead, president #BoneSpurs— MeghanGeorgina (@GeorginaGround) May 28, 2018
Wow. Way to make Memorial Day about you. ??????— Samuel Joiner (@sojoiner1) May 28, 2018
How inappropriate can you be? This a day of respect, not grandstanding.— Sheena (@Shemaxw) May 28, 2018
There were those who thought he could use a better example of how a President should behave on Memorial Day:
This is how a real president & patriot tweets... pic.twitter.com/tuqN5P3S8B— яєѕιѕтαи¢є⚜яαуℓєиє (@raylene_resists) May 28, 2018
And this pic.twitter.com/Mw37tDiopu— яєѕιѕтαи¢є⚜яαуℓєиє (@raylene_resists) May 28, 2018
Obama the President who honors veterans vs Trump the guy who honors himself. pic.twitter.com/JkX4XcQ8gE— Peter Hodges (@peter_hodges2) May 28, 2018
Or maybe just a good editor:
fixed it for ya. you're welcome pic.twitter.com/pFFKjZ9Kmt— Christopher O'Riley (@cjoriley) May 28, 2018
And some wanted to take a moment to remind us all of Trump’s military service—NOT!
But some just got right to the meat of the matter:
Jackass— Diane haase (@Dianehaase) May 29, 2018
?????????????????????????????????????— Slouch (@oldman_jfish36) May 29, 2018
You’ll even use a holiday for fallen soldiers to self-promote? Disgusting. ?— Faith Rayfield (@FaithRayfield) May 29, 2018
@JerryRo1960 may very well have had the best reminder about what this holiday should represent for Trump (and everyone else for that matter):
This is what it is all about. Get it? pic.twitter.com/fI9UO2oN0u— hair_like_bear (@JerryRo1960) May 29, 2018