It’s no easy feat, but if there’s one person who can piss off the entire John A. Wilson Building with a single tweet, rest assured the President of the United State can deliver. Such was the case this morning when Donald Trump went on one of his signature tweet storms, this time directed at “the local politicians who run Washington,” over reports that the estimated cost for the military parade he planned to throw in November would cost more than $90 million. Naturally, such a high price tag means that the parade might have to be postponed until 2019, if it happens at all.
The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up! I will instead…— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2018
….attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th. Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2018
On Twitter, Trump blamed the high price tag on District officials who, he claims runs the city “poorly.” Mayor Muriel Bowser, who usually isn’t one to jump into national politics or go after the President (that’s the role D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine has carved out for himself), clapped back quickly:
Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad). https://t.co/vqC3d8FLqx— MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) August 17, 2018
But Bowser wasn’t the only District official to defend themselves and the city from the ire of the President. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson channeled his inner millennial with this tweet (followed by a some more succinct and strongly worded tweets):
REALLY, Mr. Trump?! pic.twitter.com/hcuWz1Wxw5— Phil Mendelson (@ChmnMendelson) August 17, 2018
And here’s Bowser’s Chief of Staff John Falcicchio with the classic “when they go low, we go high:”
At-Large councilmember David Grosso jumped into the fray with a well-phrased “delete your account:”
In the words of a much more qualified woman: “Delete your account.” https://t.co/igISEZgxed— David Grosso (@cmdgrosso) August 17, 2018
But what’s most interesting here is that both Bowser and Mendelson said that they quote Trump at about $21 million for the parade, and that it was the Pentagon that suggested a $92 million price tag. If that’s true, does that mean Trump is just trying to make D.C. a scapegoat for his own short-sighted failure? Hmmm, I can’t imagine this President doing anything so petty.