Trump began Pearl Harbor Day with a tirade about the Mueller investigation.
Instead of commemorating the 77th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Trump started his day with a series of angry and frustrated tweets attacking special counsel Robert Mueller, again.
On December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor in Hawaii was attacked by the Japanese military. The bombing killed 2,403 Americans and the USS Arizona was sunk. The attack pushed the United States into World War II, which is to date the biggest military conflict in world history.
But rather than start the day commemorating veterans and paying tribute to the lives that were lost, Trump fumed about "Robert Mueller and Leakin' Lyin' James Comey."
The tweet about the "Mueller Conflicts of Interest" was followed up by five more defensive and panicked tweets attacking the ongoing FBI investigation that has racked up multiple convictions and guilty pleas.
Trump started his anti-Mueller tirade at 6:18 a.m.
His official account didn't bother to acknowledge Pearl Harbor Day until over 3 hours later, at 9:46 a.m.
The tone of the eventual Pearl Harbor tweet was significantly different from the anti-Mueller missives and was written in the more calm and measured tone of a White House staffer, rather than Trump himself.
Later, when speaking to the press as he departed the White House, Trump didn't bother to address the solemn anniversary.
The episode showed Trump once again prioritizing himself and his demons, while denigrating the armed forces.
Most recently Trump didn't even bother to mention the three servicemen killed in Afghanistan, and instead used Twitter to promote books written by his supporters at Fox News.
He used the Veterans Day holiday to push for ignoring military votes cast in the election.
When addressing Navy graduates earlier in the year, Trump lied to them with ease about military pay raises, to make himself look good.
Trump wouldn't even bother to respect the flag while he was on a military base, and instead laughed it up with a Fox News host.
For Trump the military is an accessory, to be used in a childish parade for his ego.
He showed that even on the anniversary of one of the saddest moments in U.S. history, it's still all about him and the trouble he's in, not about the nation he leads.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.