On Memorial Day, President Donald Trump decided to tweet this:
Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is d… https://t.co/6lz4VyzLqH— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1527512287.0
"Happy Memorial Day!" the message began. "Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!"
We rarely see political messages like that one shared on Memorial Day. Many Americans (and certainly most politicians) avoid wishing others a "happy" Memorial Day. The holiday — which has existed in some form dating back to at least the 1860s — honors Americans who've lost their lives serving in the armed forces. It's a sobering day.