Trump Regime

Trump’s Dear Leader Parade Will Cost Far More Than Advertised

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

When Trump first ordered the Pentagon to plan a military parade in his disgrace honor, the cost of the parade was estimated to be about $12 million, but not surprisingly that number was very far off.

According to a Department of Defense official who spoke to CNBC off the record, the cost will actually be closer to $100 million.

The parade, slated for Nov. 10, is estimated to cost $92 million, the official said. The figure includes $50 million from the Pentagon and $42 million from interagency partners such as the Department of Homeland Security. An initial estimate last month pegged the prospective cost for the parade at $12 million. [...]

The $92 million cost estimate includes security, transportation of parade assets, aircraft, as well as temporary duty, or TDY, for troops. The official also noted that while the size and scope of the military parade can still shift, the plans currently include approximately eight tanks, as well as other armored vehicles, including Bradleys, Strykers and M113s.

It's curious that the Pentagon's current plan calls for parading tanks in front of Trump. Previous reports from earlier this year indicated that tanks won't be used because they may destroy the streets of Washington.

If they go through with their plan to display tanks in front of Trump, who will pay for the damage to city streets?

  • sawadee2000

    I will be there in the streets to protest…….NOT the military, but our tiny handed Mussolini’s occupation of the White House. I’l be proud to be labeled Unamerikan by him and his fascist supporters. I may have to hobble on crutches or be in a wheelchair, but you can look for me in the crowds (hopefully millions of fellow patriots). I’ll l be the guy carrying a sign that says: Fuck Trump and Fuck You For Voting For Him!

  • And of course Trump is blaming the city of DC for the cancellation of this abomination. His own people made the cost estimate but he’s blaming DC for the $92 million price tag.

    What an asshole. (Duh)

  • Nefercat

    “who will pay for the damage to city streets?”
    In trump’s preferred order:
    1) Those terrible people who have dared to criticize him (see: clearance review list) will be picked up and put to work physically repairing the streets with periodic breaks to sing praises to Dear Leader.
    2) White House press pool reporters who have annoyed Sarah Huckabee Liarpants.
    3) People who have committed voter fraud, i.e., are registered Democrats.

    In all cases, funding will come from Medicaid funding from blue states.

  • katanahamon

    Hmm..I hope the “Space Force” will be represented….

    • Nefercat

      … by the cast of Spaceballs in full costume.

  • muselet

    Some countries, like France, have a tradition of military parades to celebrate an important national holiday. Some countries, like Russia (and the Soviet Union before it) and North Korea, hold military parades as a show of might to warn off would-be aggressors. And some countries hold military parades to flatter the strongman in the Presidential Palace, because a happy despot is a less murderous despot.

    The United States has no tradition of military parades. At the end of a major war, perhaps, a contingent of servicemembers—most of whom would rather just go home—marches in a parade, but that’s not the same thing.

    Donald Trump seems to want a military parade mostly because he thinks they’re cool, but also partly because at some level he thinks like a tinpot dictator and wants (needs?) constant flattery.

    The money doesn’t really bother me. $92 million is a rounding error in the national security budget. That amount would purchase a single F-35—rightly derided by Charlie Pierce as the Flying Swiss Army Knife—with barely enough left over to spring for undercoating or maybe an upgraded stereo, and fewer F-35s in operation would make fighter pilots safer. What does bother me is the message a military parade would send to the world: we’re just another kleptocratic kakistocracy.

    I begin to think it may actually take two generations to regain our reputation in the world.


    • Nefercat

      Only two?

      • muselet

        I’m in an optimistic mood today.


  • Draxiar

    As Kimberley Johnson has on her Twitter banner: Tick Tock Motherfucker.

  • katanahamon

    Agree with Ayn..WHERE THE HELL IS THE BLOODY MEDIA in reporting on this absolute bullshit waste of money and affront to our democracy? I’m fighting, fighting for SS disability while on a private policy, I won’t even see that money if awarded as it will all go to the private policy, and its absolute peanuts after working my ass off my entire adult life. One of Rump’s golf weekends could probably support the entire cost of disability for many. Schools can’t provide lunch, we can’t get healthcare, we can’t put out fires, but’s about a fucking parade??

  • Aynwrong

    And where in the name of Great Cthulhu is the Party of Fiscal Responsibility™? When my home state of New Jersey was slammed by a once in a century hurricane that left many businesses in jeopardy of going under and would require billions in emergency federal spending repairs the usual deficit trolls had bugs up their asses the size of Giant Stadium. When a hurricane devastated Puerto Rico and left thousands dead and tens of thousands homeless and without food and water for months (the power has only recently been fully restored) these same motherfuckers started babbling about Puerto Rican debt. Including the “honorable” Gen John Kelly.

    But Trump’s massive yet delicate ego must be coddled and all of a sudden we’ve got a hundred million bucks to flush down the toilet.


    • mnpollio

      Could not have said this better myself. Where are all the conservative fiscal hawks? Looking at you Mr. Paul Ryan and Mr. Mitch McConnell! Where are the non-stop barrage of advertisements from conservative think tanks scare-mongering everyone about the growing debt and deficits and profligate spending in Washington? Oh yeah, we do not get those unless there is a Democrat in the White House or a Democratic-controlled Congress cleaning up the feces-stained mess of the last Republican president and Congress. And where is the media holding the Republicans feet to the fire demanding some fiscal responsibility here? Where are Newt Gingrich and Ben Stein and assorted fiscal scolds on the Beltway pundit shows screaming for fiscal responsibility on the part of this regime? If we are able to remove Trump/Pence, then they will all crawl out of the woodwork insisting that the cleaning crew should not be allowed to fix anything until the budget is balanced and they will all be given undue worship and respect by the media.