President Trump arrived in London on Monday to take part in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings. Known as “Operation Overlord”, these were the Allied landing operations of Normandy which took place on Tuesday June 6th 1944. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history, and led to the liberation of France from Nazi control, providing the foundation for Allied victory on the Western Front.
During his first day in the United Kingdom, Donald Trump was joined by First Lady Melania Trump as they were greeted by members of the Royal Family, including Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. However, in the face of the “seven decades of treasured friendship” between the United States and United Kingdom, there are some on the Left who are openly rejecting the weight of the occasion and refusing to respect America’s crucial role in World War Two. Instead, they are choosing to continue their petty and contextually-irrelevant battle against Trump.
Jeremy Corbyn, the virulently anti-semitic leader of the Left-wing Labour Party, declined an invitation to attend Monday’s state dinner, instead deciding to attend and speak at a planned demonstration in protest of Trump’s visit. Taking to Twitter, Corbyn announced:
While Corbyn is proud to reject the President of the United States, it should be noted that Corbyn has been more than happy to attend services commemorating terrorists who perpetrated the Munich Olympics attacks, has called Hamas and Hezbollah his “friends”, and even invited members of Hamas to Parliament in 2015.
Corbyn attempted to defend Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, despite the fact that Khan has often been the instigator of trivial skirmishes between the President of the United States and the struggling Mayor. The mainstream media were delighted when Trump replied to Sadiq Khan’s opinion piece in The Observer, where Khan called Trump a “20th century fascist”. In response, Trump likened Khan to NYC Mayor de Blasio, and told Khan to “focus on crime in London”.
Finally, yet another non-feud has been given unwarranted weight by the mainstream media, this time between President Trump and Meghan Markle. Trump called Meghan Markle “nasty” when asked about comments made by the Duchess of Sussex during Trump’s 2016 campaign, but was otherwise supportive and complementary of the former “Suits” actress.
It is hardly surprising that Trump’s opponents often take him out of context in an effort to launch political attacks. However, what is utterly appalling is that characters such as Jeremy Corbyn and Sadiq Khan seem incapable of setting aside their opinion of Trump in light of the gravity of the occasion.
Trump is simply the current representative of the office of the presidency of the United States, and his presence is necessary to properly commemorate the 75th anniversary of a moment of historical human sacrifice. Without the colossal actions of the United States and the United Kingdom on June 6th 1944, tyranny would have dragged the world into darkness. Without the blood that was spilled on the beaches of Normandy, millions of innocent people would have fallen beneath the unhindered spread of Nazism.
The commemoration of D-Day should transcend personalities and comparatively petty politics, and it is disgusting that some in the political Left and the mainstream media are incapable of recognizing that without the moral determination of the United States, the world we enjoy today would not exist.
I discussed this topic in more detail on my podcast: “D-Day or Donald Day?“