VoteVets.org trolls Trump with creative check on 2019 military parade

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The National Mall, Washington DC, where VoteVets.org hope to hold a 5K charity run on Veterans Day 2019. Image: Aerial America (DC)/Smithsonian Channel (CC2.0)

Progressive veterans organization VoteVets.org has trolled President Donald Trump by attempting to block the military parade he now hopes to hold on in Washington on Veterans Day next year. Their tactic? Formerly applying for a permit to hold a 5K charity run in the same place on the same day.

First parade cancelled, second parade in question

Ever since Trump attended the largely military French Bastille Day celebrations in July 2017, he has been keen to create a new tradition of military parades back home.

“We’re going to have to try to top it,” he reportedly said to Emmanuel Macron, speaking of the French effort.

The first attempt to top the French has failed, as the President conceded in a tweet on Friday.

VoteVets.org seizes strategic position

President Trump’s face-saving statement “Maybe we will do something next year in D.C.” became a much tougher task by the end of the day. Seizing an opportunity to thumb their nose at the President and what they call his “ego parade,” VoteVets.org immediately filed a formal application to hold a 5K charity run on the National Mall in Washington on Veterans Day 2019. If this application is granted, it will possibly block the military parade from taking place.

Speaking on MSNBC’s Eleventh Hour on Friday evening, Iraq veteran and founder of VoteVets.org Jon Soltz explained the purpose of the run.

“We’ve applied next year on Veteran’s Day to have a 5K run to benefit veteran’s homelessness,” he said, “We can show Donald Trump what Veteran’s Day should be all about, which is helping veterans, and not his own ego.”

With over 40,000 homeless veterans around the country, the funds raised by the run will certainly be much needed.

With the exact purpose of the President’s dream of a military parade much less certain, the 5K run could turn out to be a good deal popular with the military community as well.

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