The New Yorker’s resident satirist Andy Borowitz used the headline “Military Refuses to Participate in Trump’s Parade, Citing Bone Spurs” to draw attention to the ridiculous nature of President Donald Trump’s call for a military parade. The Trump military parade has already become a point of mockery, stunned reactions, and outrage. The article itself is skewering one of Trump’s own draft deferments for a condition known as bone spurs.
During the 2016 election, while Donald Trump was citing the strength of the United States military and calling for even larger armed forces, attention was brought to his five draft deferments during the Vietnam war. Four of those deferments took place while Trump was in school, and one of them was for an injury he supposedly sustained while playing Tennis.
Many sources who have reported on the Trump military parade have cited the fact that even though Trump and the GOP have repeatedly celebrated a victory over passing their new tax plan, a parade of the United States military through Washington would ultimately end up costing the taxpayers.
Borowitz’s satirical piece doesn’t stray too far from what some former military officials have to say.
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling told Time magazine that a military parade “is just not a good representation of what the military does in a democratic nation.”
Retired Major General Paul Eaton told Time: “Donald Trump has continually shown himself to have authoritarian tendencies and this is just another worrisome example.”
The announcement of the Trump military parade also came days after Trump called Democrats “treasonous” for not clapping during his State of the Union address.
There have been a number of reactions on Twitter. Some of them cited Trump’s earlier statements on what would be a great cost to the military.
Republican Rep. Justin Amash had something to say about the Trump military parade. He would like a parade, but on one condition.
Twitter user @pixelatedboat (who created the now famous Donald Trump gorilla channel meme) couldn’t help but imagine Trump’s thought process.
Other reactions on Twitter went for the deep cuts, referencing parades that Trump seemed to be in favor of in the recent past.
The major angle of Borowitz’s New Yorker piece, of course, is the tale of Donald Trump’s supposed bone spurs that kept him from serving in the military.
According to MedicineNet.com, bone spurs “can be associated with pain, numbness, tenderness, and weakness if they are irritating adjacent tissues.”
In a piece for the New York Times, Steve Eder and Dave Phillips noted that Trump had not been diagnosed with bone spurs until he graduated from college and would have been eligible for the draft.
The brilliant satirists at The Onion have put together their own collection of opinions from “real people” regarding Trump’s proposed military parade.