The “jury” still seems to be out re Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” speech, delivered at the Lincoln Memorial on July 4, 2019. The contentious issues:
 Did Trump’s politics trump patriotism?
 Was Trump’s speaking event all inclusive?
 Was Trump’s appearance all about Trump?
Trump’s problem actually transcends his speech’s content. The far bigger issue, here, is his image. While he’d blame the “fake news” for painting an unflattering portrait of him, to properly point his finger at who’s been harming him most, he need not go any farther than the nearest mirror. Now, that wouldn’t be asking too much from a shameless narcissist, right?
Let’s talk specifics… Trump owes his very rise to power to his becoming the embodiment of political extremism. He’s an unrepentant, beyond redemption, rabid, radical, right wing ideologue. As such, no amount of spin… be it backdated to July 4th… or dated today… or postdated throughout the rest of his tomorrows… can ever freshen up the stench wafting off his politics.
Beyond that… Donny simply does not understand the true meaning of patriotism. He actually believes that nobody can love America unless they love him unconditionally… unless they pledge undying, unquestioning loyalty to him. That’s a hell of a lot for a fallible mortal to ask of anyone!
Has public servant Trump ever read / fully understood the true intent of the 1st Amendment? That’s the 45 word count, Constitutional passage, which actually serves as the backbone to genuine patriotism. It’s stipulations clearly explain how, within a democracy, people must be able to freely (without fear of retribution) criticize public servants via the spoken / written word. And should such an approach ever prove insufficient, then it becomes…
“…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
– – – Attribution: America’s Founding Fathers
Additionally… Trump’s own words and deeds (prior to and since the 4th) are what have caused him to lose his own case in the court of public opinion. In other words, he’s further proven himself the savagely political, party animal by actually selling tickets to his own speaking event. All that his deeply pocketed, elitist campaign contributors had to do was pony up hefty chunks of loot and then… come July 4th… they’d be promptly seated within an illegally cordoned off, VIP area at the LIncoln Memorial. That also meant that average Jane and Joe Americans were no longer welcome in this NORMALLY WIDE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FORUM. Freedom to assemble? NOT! All-inclusive? Only if you’re one of Trump’s paying “customers”.
Final point… in the weeks to come, who doesn’t expect the fake prez to further politicize and exploit… to the max… his Salute to Himself speech. Donny’s TV crew will wind up splicing that raw, freebie footage (from this non-event) into soon to be unleashed, slick, alternate facts loaded, whitewashing campaign ads. All for the express purpose of morphing unpresidential, Brand-X Donny into a new and improved(?), more delectable(?), more electable(?) product!
Yecch! Yecch! Yecch! Yecch! Yecch!
Sooooo… on July 4, 2019…
 Did Trump’s politics trump patriotism? YES!
 Was Trump’s speaking event all inclusive? NO!
 Was Trump’s appearance all about Trump? YES!