Media pundits who claimed turnout would be low for Trump’s 4th of July event were clearly mistaken.
The photos and videos of the event show massive turnout.
— Stephanie Grisham (@PressSec) July 5, 2019
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2019
That didn’t stop controversial rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from claiming his parade was “poorly attended.”
Trump spent millions on a poorly attended, 1 day parade days after saying he couldn’t afford toothpaste & soap for caged children.
Did he ask Congress for military parade💰? No.
Trump held these kids hostage to secure billions for their abusers. Congress needs to see that.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 5, 2019
Of course, Twitter users quickly fired back to show photos that show the event was anything but “poorly attended.”
Doesn’t look poorly attended to me. pic.twitter.com/cFmJ1UKkbH
— offensiveattack (@Offensiveattack) July 5, 2019
— pam surratt (@SurrattPam) July 5, 2019
Sometimes you can’t help yourself-if you voted YES for the immigration funding – things would be better at the border. Oh and the picture is from yesterday 🇺🇸💥 pic.twitter.com/cMmvXYgbcz
— Sharon McTravel (@SharonMcMonigle) July 5, 2019
For the liberal media, it wasn’t as embarrassing as the 2016 election result, but it was up there.
From predicting a potentially pitiful turnout for the Fourth of July festivities in the nation’s capital to producing ominous warnings that Trump was putting on a spectacle simply to put himself at center stage, the mainstream media flubbed the doomsaying that preceded Thursday’s Independence Day celebration in Washington.
And President Donald Trump proved the critics wrong again.
In the run-up to the July Fourth party on the National Mall, there was no shortage of detractors slamming Trump’s plans — whether it was wanting to have military hardware like tanks on hand for American citizens to appreciate, or his decision to speak at an event that presidents in the past have not attended.
The New York Times weighed in Thursday with a particularly egregious headline that stated “Trump ‘salute’ offends some in military” with a summary headline: “Fears of Being Paraded on Fourth as Props.”
The headline was different in the online edition, possibly because someone at The Times realized the story didn’t back up the doomsaying headlines in the slightest. (No active duty military were even quoted, much less any expressing “fears of being paraded as props.”)
One almost-laughable-in-hindsight article published by the U.K. Independent on Thursday practically gloated in advance about what the story said could be an “embarrassingly small crowd” on the National Mall.
Instead, Trump’s speech was a salute to the American military that swelled with pride in its storied past, he avoided the politics of the day and the crowd was huge.
“The event defied the critics who said the celebration on Thursday would be a partisan political spectacle that would not even attract a significant crowd. CBS, ABC, NBC and MSNBC snubbed the celebration and didn’t air it live, save for their online streaming platforms,” Fox News reported.