Donald Trump’s Deplorable Memorial Day Tweet

Donald Trump chose to mark Memorial Day by talking about himself.

The President is drawing criticism for the manner in which he chose to mark Memorial Day on Twitter:

President Trump marked Memorial Day in a tweet on Monday claiming that the nation’s fallen heroes “would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today.”

“Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more.” Trump tweeted.


Memorial Day is held annually to honor service members who died for the U.S.Trump had tweeted a video in honor of the holiday earlier Monday.

The president is scheduled to participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery later Monday morning.4

After that tweet, the President spent no less than three tweets pushing his new favorite conspiracy theory about the Russia investigation, which he was apparently inspired to do based on what he was seeing this morning on Fox & Friends.

Here’s the President’s tweet:

And here are the so-called “Spygate” tweets that followed:

Simply put, this is the most atrocious thing I have ever seen any President or politician say on Memorial Day. This isn’t a day to brag about yourself, it’s about remembering those who put their lives on the line for this country. Something Donald Trump never had the courage to do.

On some level, of course, it should not be surprising that the President chose to mark a solemn holiday such as Memorial Day by touting his Administration’s purported economic achievements and to continue trying to undermine the Russia investigation by pushing an entirely discredited conspiracy theory. This is, after all, a man who has a long history of being a self-promoting narcissist who has demonstrated no empathy and no regard at all for his fellow human beings. Given that, this tweet is entirely consistent with his previous behavior.

In the grand scheme of things, of course, this is a minor detail in the already long history of Donald Trump’s offenses against propriety, decency, and honor. There are far more important reasons to oppose and speak out against him. That being said, the fact that this man is Commander in Chief of the American military is just really depressing at this point.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Kathy says:

    Isn’t bragging and whining about yourself a worse show of disrespect for the country and the member of its armed services than taking a knee during the national anthem?

    It’s what you get for electing a fucking liar and narcissist to such an important post. In particular one who’s own supporters say his greatest achievement thus far is he hasn’t regally fucked up yet.

  2. CSK says:

    There has to be a stronger word than “disgusting” to describe adequately this creature.

    He loves that phrase “happy and proud,” doesn’t he? Remember when he said his immigration solution would make us all “happy and proud”? Remember when he said that the American people are “happy and proud” to be saying “Merry Christmas” again?

    I’ll be happy and proud when I see him booted out of the White House on his fat, flabby ass and bounced down Pennsylvania Avenue.

  3. MBunge says:

    Another newsflash from OTB: Donald Trump is a self-centered vulgarian!

    And by the way, Jonathan Turley is pushing an “entirely discredited conspiracy?” Is Andrew McCarthy, Glenn Greenwald, and Mr. Dershowitz also part of this lying cabal of conspiracy-mongers? That’s quite a bizarre collection of Trump sycophants. Perhaps you could point me to a post of yours where you explain how their concerns are non-credible and why they’ve chosen to prostitute themselves for Trump’s benefit.


  4. dmhlt says:

    Haven’t we all gotten tired of Trump endlessly deploying his “Weapons of Mass Distraction”?
    It’s way, WAY past its “Best Used By” date.

  5. teve tory says:

    David Frum

    Many people question this president, but it’s no small achievement to write the grossest, most inappropriate, most self-flattering Memorial Day message in the history of the US presidency

    9:00 AM – May 28, 2018

  6. teve tory says:

    even the first three words.

    Happy Memorial Day!

    Memorial Day isn’t supposed to be Happy! you dumb dipshit.

    Here’s how a real President does it.

    President Obama

    Verified account


    This Memorial Day, I hope you’ll join me in acts of remembrance. The debt we owe our fallen heroes is one we can never truly repay.

    6:00 AM – 30 May 2016

    ETA and I just now saw today’s statement:

    Barack Obama

    Verified account

    Following Following @BarackObama
    We can never truly repay the debt we owe our fallen heroes. But we can remember them, honor their sacrifice, and affirm in our own lives those enduring ideals of justice, equality, and opportunity for which generations of Americans have given that last full measure of devotion.

    9:02 AM – 28 May 2018

  7. CSK says:


    Yesterday you were happy and proud to agree that Trump is a liar. Today you’re happy and proud to agree that he’s a self-centered vulgarian. What is it about him that makes you happy and proud?

  8. Jax says:

    Do you know what the worst part about all of this is? He is NEVER going to shut up. Even if we get the ultimate pleasure of telling him he’s fired in 2020, or watching him hauled away in handcuffs, he is not going to stop running his mouth. Even locked away in a federal penitentiary with no access to the internet, or if the cheeseburger diet finally kills him, one of his minions will pick up the megaphone and continue to spew his “brand” of verbal diarrhea.

  9. Mister Bluster says:

    What is it about him that makes you happy and proud?

    Bungles is happy and proud that REPUBLICAN President Donald Trump screws porn stars and brags about sexually molesting women.

  10. Blue Galangal says:

    @teve tory: Best part is that a real president tweeted that only 40 minutes ago and has nearly as many retweets already as the short-fingered vulgarian has had all morning. I don’t say that because I’m keeping score but because I know the short-fingered vulgarian does.

  11. SenyorDave says:

    @teve tory: Obama was a very eloquent president. The most amazing thing is that Trump doesn’t even have enough self-awareness to understand how disgusting the tweet was. If he had an ounce of understanding he would have told Kelly to get a junior staff member to write up an appropriate tweet that he could send out.

    BTW, this what Trump wrote in the guest book when he visited Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the victims of the Holocaust:

    It is a great honor to be here with all of my friends – so amazing + will never forget.

    I think he lifted that from the movie “Vacation”. Isn’t that what Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wrote in the guest book when the family visited Wally World?

    For comparison purposes, this what Obama wrote when he visited Yad Vashem:

    I am grateful to Yad Vashem and all of those responsible for this remarkable institution. At a time of great peril and promise, war and strife, we are blessed to have such a powerful reminder of man’s potential for great evil, but also our own capacity to rise up from tragedy and remake our world. Let our children come here, and know their history, so that they can add their voices to proclaim ‘never again.’ And may we remember those who perished, not only as victims, but also as individuals who hoped and loved and dreamed like us, and who have become symbols of the human spirit.

    I assume he knew what he was going to write in advance and probably did an outline and let a speechwriter put it together. IOW, he PREPARED. Obama and all other past presidents in my memory actually treated the presidency as a job. trump treats it as afterthought, and spends most of his time trying to trumpet his personal achievements.

  12. Kathy says:

    America often gets compared to the Roman Empire. I don’t think the comparison is entirely apt, though there are parallels, but Roman history does seem quite relevant. For one thing, we should remember the Romans rebelled against their king and set up a Republic, which included systems of checks and balances (though markedly different from those we know today), designed to keep one man from having too much power.

    Right when the Roman Republic attained both its greatest extent and greatest dominance over the Mediterranean world, internal crises set off a period of unrest, partisanship, infighting, and the rise of ambitious men who would accumulate power for themselves.

    The Republic eventually fell, after two devastating civil wars. In its place rose the Roman Empire, initially led by Augustus. I mention him because he did something incredibly smart politically: he tore down the republic while preserving all of the republican institutions and offices. Things would seem to go on as before, with the same offices and the same structures everyone knew, but Augustus was, unpretentiously, the man in charge.

    America is sliding more gradually, but the direction is the same: more power vested in one man, with the checks and balances ever more ineffective, and ever more dependent on the good will of the president to abide by them.

    The history of the Roman Empire is told as a succession of emperors, while that of the Republic was more a succession of events (until personalities begin to dominate events). The quality of the emperor became all-important. Arguably the best era in Rome’s history was the period of the Five Good Emperors (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pious and Marcus Aurelius).

    America’s history, thus far, is a succession of events. But presidents and their policies are becoming dominant. it helps that some policies, especially foreign policies, have been maintained more or less the same through succeeding presidencies. A pattern we’re seeing to become more strained every year.

    As I said, things can be very good if the person on top is good (and competent). But they can also be terrible if they’re not. The reigns of Caligula and Nero and Commodus are examples of rampant abuse and corruption, but they’re not the only ones. Trump is well on track for making a lot of people miserable, and not only immigrants.

    The only check Roman emperors had was the threat of being deposed (invariably through assassination). american presidents have more checks on their power, and it’s high time you began to apply them.

    Right now only one thing will make the GOP rediscover their collective spine, if it hasn’t totally atrophied, and that is a major loss in the midterm elections.

  13. teve tory says:

    Michael McKean

    Verified account

    Follow Follow @MJMcKean
    The most important guests at any Memorial Day celebrations are the ones who cannot attend. Remember them. Enjoy life. Do peace.

    7:32 AM – 28 May 2018

    John McCain

    Verified account

    Follow Follow @SenJohnMcCain
    Today we honor the Americans who sacrificed everything to secure the blessings of liberty. Family and friends to some, heroes to all – who lived, fought and died for the safety and future of a great and good nation. God bless them and grant them perpetual peace. #MemorialDay

    5:06 AM – 28 May 2018

  14. SenyorDave says:

    @MBunge: We get you love Trump, but can’t you just admit when he does something very wrong?

  15. Mister Bluster says:

    @SenyorDave:..can’t you just admit when he does something very wrong?

    Apparently you are not familiar with Idol Worship.

    To lickspittles like Bunge, Trump is incapable of wrongdoing.

  16. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @SenyorDave: No.

  17. al Ameda says:


    Is Andrew McCarthy, Glenn Greenwald, and Mr. Dershowitz also part of this lying cabal of conspiracy-mongers? That’s quite a bizarre collection of Trump sycophants.

    (1) Yes, they ‘is’ supporting Trump’s effort to discredit the Mueller investigation.
    (2) Yes, they are indeed a bizarre collection of characters.

  18. Mister Bluster says:

    Donald Trump’s Deplorable Memorial Day Tweet

    Just yesterday I was sayin’:
    Please note that Trump tells everyone how awesome POTUS is every time he opens his pie hole.

  19. Mikey says:

    It’s disgusting, but certainly not unexpected. To Trump, everything is about Trump, even a day meant to honor those who had the courage to serve, and then die in that service, even as he himself dodged service with his phony-baloney “bone spurs.”

    Trump has never served anyone but Trump, and he never will.

  20. KM says:

    @teve tory:

    Memorial Day isn’t supposed to be Happy! you dumb dipshit.

    It is when you consider it nothing more then a day off to go to a party somewhere. Trump’s the kind of selfish idiot who’s only thinking “three day weekend!!!” and not even bothering to give lip service to false GOP troop worship. His only thought for the people who he could send to their deaths and those who’ve already died is how sad it is that they can’t behold the MAGA. We’ll see something as outrageous on the 4th, Veterans’ Day and 9/11.

    There’s no meaning to holidays for Trump – there’s only the notion that these are days to go out and have a great time. He’s the moron by the keg screaming for another burger during the minute of silence and no, he’s not drunk yet. If we wanted national dignity, we would have insisted his phone be taken away for the day.

  21. CSK says:

    I’m surprised Trump didn’t say that he likes soldiers who don’t get killed.

  22. teve tory says:

    I looked up last year’s memorial tweets, and they were much more dignified. But that was a year ago, before they more or less gave up on managing him, and the tweets were certainly written by someone with two brain cells to rub together.

  23. teve tory says:


    “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

    Hard to believe that was July 2015. Almost three years ago. Who’d have thought you could insult every American POW and there’s still enough deplorable voters that you can get elected President.

  24. M. Bouffant says:

    @MBunge: They are prostitutes. It’s their nature.

  25. gVOR08 says:

    Trump is the perfect exemplar of the old line about someone so self-absorbed he thinks the rest of the world is a movie about him.

  26. michael reynolds says:


    So, let’s add this up @Bung. Just the other day you agreed to the charge that Trump is a pathological liar. Now you agree that he’s a pig.

    I don’t want to lose track, so when will you get around to admitting that you’re a brainwashed cultist devoted to a man who lies to you and gives not a single sht for you or people like you? Shall we expect that some time in June? I don’t mean to rush you, but it’s taken you two years to figure out the bleedingly obvious, so I’m curious as to the time line. Are you on your way back to reality? Will you be stopping for bathroom breaks along the way?

  27. CSK says:

    @teve tory:

    When Trump uttered those immortal lines, I thought for sure he was finished. I thought that even people who didn’t care for McCain because of ideological reasons would be so revolted they’d run Trump off the public stage. I thought the same thing when he made fun of Serge Kovalesky’s disability. And when he derided Carly Fiorina’s looks. And when he accused Rafael Cruz of assassinating JFK. And when he sneered at Heidi Cruz.

    Boy, was I wrong.

  28. pylon says:

    It’s similar to Justin Bieber writing in the Anne Frank guestbook that he hoped she’d be a “Belieber” if alive today. Only not by a teenaged entertainer with no real responsibilities.

  29. michael reynolds says:

    Excellent analogy.

  30. michael reynolds says:

    By the way, South Korea’s Moon is openly acting as an intermediary between Kim and Dumbo. South Korea is no longer standing beside us, it’s now standing between us and the Norks. It was 2 guys with arms locked in unison against the Kims, now it’s Kim vs. Trump with our ‘allies’ straddling the line.

    Exactly what I said would happen. Not that I’m one to tout my own. . . OK, fair enough, I am that shallow and needy, but it does not change the fact that it’s happening and BTW the entire punditocracy seems to have missed it. I’ll say it again: our overriding strategic interest is not Kim gives up nukes. Our strategic interest is containing China and at the rate the twat-in-chief is going China will soon have a couple of Hawaiian islands. If Xi offered Trump financing for Trump Tower Beijing we’d have a Chinese naval base in San Diego.

  31. CSK says:

    The Trumpkins love this Tweet–at least those of them who don’t think it’s FAKE NEWS love it.

    If you have the stomach, take a look:

    It’s all about MAGA, you know.

  32. teve tory says:


    Wow. Attacking Bill “Krystal” for being a RINO.

    Stupid people, with shitty values.

  33. teve tory says:

    Huh. Pennsylvania republican Ryan Costello just announced he’s not running for reelection and explicitly said it’s because of trump.


  34. CSK says:

    @teve tory:

    “Stupid people with shitty values”…I couldn’t have said it better myself. But…this is the kind of person who reveres Trump.

  35. grumpy realist says:

    @Kathy: What was the name of the Roman emperor who suffocated his dinner guests under a cartload of flowers for his own amusement?

    That’s Trump. The little wanker will thoughtlessly walk the US off a cliff if someone panders to his ego in return.

    And people like MBunge will be cheering him on.

  36. Mister Bluster says:

    @michael reynolds:..Not that I’m one to tout my own. . .

    Oh..go ahead…

    (It always amazes me that someone was paid money to write those words.)

  37. Kathy says:

    @grumpy realist:

    I don’t recall. there was so much depravity among them, that it’s hard to keep track.

    Caligula had people executed in front of him as entertainment. Caracalla murdered his brother, and co-emperor, in front of their mother. Nero had his own mother killed.

    It was a far more brutal time, and far from the most brutal time in history (see the Assyrians, or Europe in the Middle Ages). And if you want to see a contender for the title of most depraved family, Google “House of Atreus.”

  38. Lounsbury says:

    Spy was spot on lo these many decades: the short-fingered vulgarian

  39. CSK says:


    Quite. And, according to Graydon Carter, former editor of Spy and Vanity Fair, Trump has been sending him photos of his hands (with the fingers circled) for the past 30+ years in a fruitless quest to prove that he is not, in fact, short-fingered.

  40. Just nutha ignint cracker says:

    @CSK: Now THAT’S funny!

  41. An Interested Party says:

    What was the name of the Roman emperor who suffocated his dinner guests under a cartload of flowers for his own amusement?

    You’re thinking of Elagabalus, who had some common traits with the Orange Blob…

    Later historians suggest Elagabalus showed a disregard for Roman religious traditions and sexual taboos. He replaced the traditional head of the Roman pantheon, Jupiter, with the deity Elagabalus, of whom he had been high priest. He forced leading members of Rome’s government to participate in religious rites celebrating this deity, over which he personally presided. Elagabalus was supposedly “married” as many as five times…and was reported to have prostituted himself in the imperial palace. His behavior estranged the Praetorian Guard, the Senate, and the common people alike.

  42. michael reynolds says:

    @One American:
    If this is the first president that didn’t hate you, you must be one prize pig.

  43. An Interested Party says:

    Nice to have a President who doesn’t hate me or my Country…

    Well he certainly deludes you and as much of the country as he can…you appear to be an easy mark for him…MAGA indeed…

  44. Kathy says:

    @michael reynolds:

    Me, I’m trying to understand why a Russian chooses the handle “One American.”

  45. Kylopod says:

    @One American:

    what a sad person you must be to attack me and call me names.

    A Trump supporter complaining about calling people names is sort of like an Obama supporter complaining about men with buzz cuts.

  46. grumpy realist says:

    @One American: No, the present POTUS doesn’t “hate” you.

    I doubt that earlier presidents did, either.

    Face it, you’re probably just not that important enough to trip anyone’s meter, positive or negative. But we’ll ignore that, since assuming the President of the United States cares about you seems to be very very very important for your ego. Go on thinking how essential you are, my dear boy.

  47. Kylopod says:

    @One American:

    So glad I don’t even know what that means.

    Yeah, yeah, I get it, “It doesn’t look like anything to me.” Maybe one day Lyin’ Ted or Little Marco will try explaining it to you, Crooked Hillary being off the table at the outset.

  48. liberal capitalist says:


    Spy was spot on lo these many decades: the short-fingered vulgarian

    And, since we are on the topic of short fingered… Did you ever notice that he has distal hyperextensibility (hitchhiker’s thumb)?

    Considering how he likes his specific gestures hand when talking, I can’t help but see his thumb go off nearly 90degrees in the wrong directio0n.

    This is what it looks like

  49. Kathy says:

    This is your daily reminder not to feed the troll:

    Please Don’t Feed the Troll.

    Thank you. This has been your daily reminder not to feed the troll.

    Next up, your daily reminder to follow your own advice.

  50. An Interested Party says:

    …tried to be civil…

    If only your dreamy president acted that way…

  51. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @One American: The truth has been smacking you right upside the head for 17 months now and you still can’t handle it. Physician, heal thyself.

  52. SKI says:

    @michael reynolds: It is actually worse than that…

    Trump’s opening the dialogue with Kim forced the Chinese to open their own. They had been very cool with Kim since he took over and murdered China’s go-to guy on the inside with anti-aircraft guns. They hadn’t even met with him since he took over – until Trump announced the summit.

    They don’t like or trust Kim but they are adamant against reunification or any US presence anywhere near their border…

  53. teve tory says:

    since he took over and murdered China’s go-to guy on the inside with anti-aircraft guns

    You know, in terms of the death penalty, anti-aircraft guns are not the worst thing ever. Slow painful deaths have to be considered worse.

  54. Daryl and his brother Darryl says:

    @One American:

    Nice to have a President who doesn’t hate me or my Country, these are not “normal” times so keep the hatefest going if you must, best wishes and carry on. MAGA

    Can you name a President who did hate you? Or your country?
    I don’t know that President Dennison hates you. Likely he just doesn’t give a fvck about you. How do I know?
    He gave rich people and corporations a massive tax cut. You got a pittance, maybe. Those tax cuts are not trickling down, and they won’t.
    He has sabotaged the health care system so that you are getting worse coverage for more money.
    He has made it easier for corporations to pollute your air and your water.
    He has made it easier for financial institutions to take advantage of you.
    He has taken away workplace protections, making your job potentially more dangerous.
    He has made discrimination against women, people of color, and LGBT’s easier.
    Dennison, unlike every other President, does hate this country, and everything it stands for. He is systematically tearing about it’s institutions and traditions; he cares not on bit about the damage he is doing, only how he can benefit from it himself. This is radically un-american.
    MAGA…Many Are Getting Arrested.

  55. al Ameda says:

    @One American:

    Nice to have a President who doesn’t hate me or my Country, these are not “normal” times so keep the hatefest going if you must, best wishes and carry on. MAGA

    Come on.
    Who doesn’t love a nice draft-dodging, real-estate developer/salesman/con man/grifter, and multiple-bankruptcy and serial divorce expert president? I’m pretty sure he loves puppies and kittens too.

  56. CSK says:

    @al Ameda:

    You forgot pussy-grabber.

  57. the Q says:

    One American, next time you attend a ballgame and you’re in line, or in the bathroom or chatting to your friends while the anthem is playing, just remember YOUR President thinks you don’t belong in HIS country.

  58. al Ameda says:

    @One American:

    @al Ameda: Obama ate dog as a child in Kenya, let that sink in. Peace out

    So, you probably ate/eat chicken, pigs, and cows, as a child and as an adult, right?
    By the way, is Hillary still running that child sex slave operation out of the Comet Pizzeria in DC?