Washington’s governor, Jay Inslee said Donald Trump’s Fourth of July political celebration was "a monument to his insecurity."

Trump hijacked the nonpolitical Fourth of July ceremony on the Mall and the Lincoln Memorial. He wanted to turn a celebration of America’s founding into a celebration of himself.

The Lincoln Memorial is a temple of Civil War unification, where Abraham Lincoln’s memory is enshrined forever. For Trump to use it as a backdrop for his rally was an unwholesome obscenity.

The cost of the event was $2.5 million. The National Park Service had to divert money from other needed projects and it was an inappropriate use of our taxpayer money to pay for his rally.

The thing Trump values the most, is a desire to be the center of attention.

Being the center of attention is why he has put his name on so many buildings and products. Why he fed the New York tabloids so many stories about himself and his two failed marriages. He ran for the presidency that he didn’t think he would win; to get the childish attention he is always craving.

Because Trump is so insecure; his “Salute to America” was all about our military might but nothing about the ideals set forth by our founding fathers like: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The nonpartisan Pew Research Center has a new survey that shows how the public reacts to Trump’s actions and comments: 76% are “concerned,” 70% are “confused,” 69% are “embarrassed,” 67% are “exhausted,” 65% are “angry,” 62% are “insulted,” and 56% are “frightened.”

Larry Larsen, Mandan

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