Russian state-owned media roasted U.S. President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July “Salute to America” this week, joking that the spectacle was something straight out of “Putin’s America.”
The Washington Post reported that on Russian television show “60 minutes,” journalists mocked the military equipment on display in Washington, D.C. The journalists on Rossiya 1, a state-owned television channel, laughed about the “paint peeling off” the U.S. tanks and joked that the weapons had been “glued on with adhesive tape.”
“The paint on these vehicles is peeling off. There are no cannons, and their optics have been glued on with adhesive tape,” co-host Olga Skabeyeva claimed during the program.
“Americans are allowed to hold a parade because theirs is democratic, but we are not allowed because ours is chauvinistic,” Skabeyeva also said.
Domestic critics had accused Trump of hijacking and politicizing a traditionally nonpartisan holiday. Supporters said he was merely showing love for the country and its military.
"It's just a celebration of America," said Jan Shairrick, who drove from Arkansas to attend the event and was sporting a "Trump 2020" baseball cap, a reference to the presidential election in November next year.
She and her friends all wore Trump merchandise and took refuge in one of the few shady spots along the route for the Independence Day parade on Constitution Avenue.
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They said they saw no reason to protest Trump's plans for this year's event.
"The military protects us," said one friend, Debra Dickson, who has several family members in the military.
Just a mile east, residents of the Capitol Hill neighborhood had their own, much smaller parade on Thursday morning and many said they would not attend the "Salute to America" because they felt the July 4 celebrations had been taken over by Trump.
"This year we're not going," said Irina, a resident who said she usually takes her two young children to the concert by the U.S. Capitol and watches the fireworks display over the National Mall.
"This is the holiday that unites all Americans but it seems that's not what is happening today unfortunately," she said, declining to give her last name.