Has Donald Trump become the president of a small, would-be authoritarian state?
Is he the kind of leader who has to say my army is bigger than your army?
No, he is not only the leader of the most powerful state in the world, he is supposed to be the leader of the “free world”.
Announcing that he wants to have a military parade in Washington DC is an odd move for the USA. It’s what they do in North Korea and China. Yet again it feels like Trump is aping the behaviour of Kim Jong Un or the not greatly lamented ex-president of Zimbabwe, Mr Robert Mugabe.
It started with his war on the media. Calling everything critical of him “fake news” is straight out of the dictator’s playbook.
Actually, this idea is something he brought back from his hols. Where did he go on holiday? China? Egypt? Afghanistan?
No, he went to another cradle of democracy: France.
He saw a military parade there and decided he wanted one. He was like a kid in a toy shop.
When I think about it, I’m not sure why France had such a parade. But we don’t have to go there.
France has plenty of other “toys” Trump could have coveted.
For instance: great food, a thriving cultural scene, a wonderful fashion sense. Why didn’t Trump come back with a top quality suit or some perfume for Melania? Why not try to introduce more acceptable aspects of French life?
He could have built an Eiffel Tower in Manhattan or opened a Montmartre-themed golf course in Florida.
Anything but a military parade!
Trump is only one year into his Presidency. He has time to pull in around. Please, Mr President, for all our sakes and sanity, be sensible for once.
By Jordan Dodds, Originally Published for SR NEWS, check out SR news here and support Sunderland University Journalism.