The scene: You’re almost done helping your kid put the finishing touches on his Memorial Day art project from school. He’s got pictures of his great grandpa, who was on the beach at Normandy. His grandma’s in the collage, too — she was a nurse at the beginning of the Vietnam War. You’re already a little misty, because your son lost his dad in Afghanistan. You’ve got a million things to do, including getting back to the store. You went for posterboard, then back for glue sticks, and realized you didn’t have any beer or hamburgers for the BBQ, and everyone’s bringing their kids and everything.
You take a break. You sit down at your computer, desperate for ideas for what you can do with a cantaloupe and some grapes to make it look good. Let’s see what Twitter has to offer:
— Ivanka Trump HQ (@IvankaTrumpHQ) May 28, 2017
Seriously? You don’t even want to click, but you do. You see this:
You cry. Could Ivanka Trump even be any more out of touch?
What you were hoping for was some connection, a feeling that maybe you’re not alone. You’re a single mom who’s always overwhelmed come Memorial Day, especially the last 5 years, since your husband was killed in Kandahar.
What you got was another reminder that the White House is currently occupied by a family that has never been — will never be — touched by war. For 100 years, the men of the Trump family have either dodged war or simply never been called up. They’ve always belonged to a segment of society that would never consider sending its women to serve. Now, day in and day out, you’re reminded how little the president thinks of veterans: First he froze their pay immediately after he took office, and stopped hiring at VA hospitals across the country. Then Trumpcare came along and threatened Medicaid, even for veterans, and it was clear he didn’t give a shit about you or your family.
You look again:
Memorial Day isn’t “the kickoff to summer” for you. It’s the one holiday that commemorates the loss of the love of your life, lost to a war that proved to be as senseless as the rest.
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Andrew hates long walks on the beach, glitter, and men’s rights activists. He can usually be found with his long-suffering wife, who can usually be found asking him to please not order onions on that burger, babe.