VoteVets, a nonprofit and nonpartisan veterans organization, announced on Twitter Friday that it has submitted a Letter of Intent with Washington, D.C., to hold a 5K race around the National Mall for Veterans Day next year after President Trump canceled his plans for a military parade in the capital.
“So, unless he kicks out a veterans race, [Trump] will not get his ego parade there, on that day next year, either,” the organization tweeted, with the hashtag “#NoTrumpParade.”
FYI: VoteVets has submitted a Letter of Intent, with DC, to do a 5K around the National Mall, for Veterans Day 2019.
— VoteVets (@votevets) August 17, 2018
The organization also said in an email that it decided to make the race five kilometers long to symbolize “each of [Trump’s] deferments.”
In response to Trump canceling his $$$ military parade in DC, VoteVets announces they’re holding a 5K in DC to raise money for homeless vets. One K for each of Trump’s military deferments. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/VMpd8hqKvT
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) August 17, 2018
The Hill added:
Trump received five military draft deferments during the Vietnam War, including a medical deferment after he was found to have bone spurs in his foot.
Their statement arrives on the heels of Trump’s Twitter announcement on Friday morning that he was cancelling plans for a military parade over the estimated $92 million cost.
The president said in his tweet that “local politicians” in D.C. were to blame.
“The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up! I will instead attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th,” Trump wrote.
“Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN,” he added. “Now we can buy some more jet fighters!”