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In July, the President of the United States — who is Donald J. Trump, the guy from The Apprentice, in case you didn’t know — visited President Emmanuel Macron of France and observed their festivities for Bastille Day. The celebration included a marching band playing Daft Punk and a military parade of some of the French forces. At the time, Trump said that he would love for the United States to have a similar parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. And immediately everyone collectively went, “Hmm, that’s probably not such a good idea.”

This week, Trump has returned to the thought and tasked the Pentagon with preparing for an extravagant military parade at some point in the near future. The last time the U.S. held a military parade was in 1991 after the Gulf War and that one put the government back a solid $8 million. Cost estimates haven’t been floated officially yet, but speculation is that a parade in 2018 would cost significantly more (just like everything else).

There’s also a bit of an optics problem here. Military parades are essentially a form of propaganda where the state displays it’s military prowess — and ability to blow up pretty much anything — to its people, it’s allies and most importantly, its enemies. Generally, its a very authoritarian move and customary in countries under the absolute rule of their leader. Think North Korea or Soviet Russia.

Donald Trump’s authoritarian leanings aren’t exactly new. Every time he tries to discredit the free press by calling anything that isn’t reported by Fox News “fake,” he takes a page out of the Authoritarian Handbook. Ditto every time he tries to discredit federal agencies like the FBI to muddy the results of the Russia investigation or when he calls Democrats “treasonous” for not clapping for him. Basically, it happens a lot and yes, it’s scary.

So how are people reacting to the American President’s latest near-authoritarian move? On the politics front, Democrats are balking at the amount a parade is going to cost, journalists are questioning the optics and even former military personnel are speaking out against it.

Other people are suggesting that the U.S. celebrate something else. Like, literally anything else. How about a parade for black grandmothers? That’s something we can all get behind, right? Right??

Thankfully the comedy side of Twitter came through with jokes for all this madness. It’s going to be okay as long as we keep our senses of humour. Well, probably not, but maybe?