On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, Trump Obsesses Over Media Coverage

“This is a time when we should be celebrating our president,” says GOP chairwoman.

Maxppp/ZUMA

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.

World leaders gathered in Normandy, France, on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings—history’s largest amphibious military operation that is widely credited as the crucial turning point in the Allied victory during World War II. 

The day of international commemoration included honoring the last-remaining veterans from the great battle, many of whom were in attendance for the event in Normandy.

But for one world leader, the day of remembrance appeared to take a backseat to more personal matters. In the hours leading up to the ceremony, President Donald Trump continued his attacks on the media.

It was Trump’s fourth tweet since his arrival in the UK on Monday insisting that his trip had been going smoothly. “Could not have been treated more warmly in the United Kingdom by the Royal Family or the people,” he wrote the day before. In reality, tens of thousands, many holding signs emblazoned with slogans such as “DUMP TRUMP,” had marched across London earlier this week. As for the Royal Family, its younger members reportedly avoided posing for photos with Trump and his adult children.

While Trump’s performance on the international stage prompted some to call him “delusional,” others, including the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, appeared to share the president’s views.

“We are celebrating the anniversary, 75 years of D-Day,” Ronna McDaniel said during an appearance on Fox News. “This is a time where we should be celebrating our President, the great achievements of America, and I don’t think the American people like the constant negativity.”

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate