Dem rep mocks Trump on military parade: His last one 'not very well attended'

Dem rep mocks Trump on military parade: His last one 'not very well attended'
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A Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday mocked the idea of a military parade at the request of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE, suggesting last year’s inauguration was “not very well attended.”

“There was already a #TrumpParade in DC,” Rep. Rick LarsenRichard (Rick) Ray LarsenTransportation Department watchdog to examine airplane cabin evacuation standards Dems win nail-biter in charity congressional soccer game Overnight Finance: Trump signs repeal of auto-loan policy | Justices uphold contracts that bar employee class-action suits | US, China trade war 'on hold' MORE (D-Wash.) wrote on Twitter. “Not very well attended the first time, would be a waste of Pentagon time and resources the second time.”

Larsen included a photo from the president’s inauguration showing empty stands and a link to a USA Today article titled, “There were a lot of empty seats in the stands along Trump's parade route.”

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The tweet followed a Washington Post report that said Trump asked the Pentagon to look into holding a military parade. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders later confirmed that Trump requested the Defense Department “explore a celebration” for Americans to demonstrate their support for the military.

The subject of Trump’s inauguration crowd size became a thorn in the side of former White House press secretary Sean SpicerSean Michael SpicerSpicer: Press have 'a personal animus' against Trump administration Spicer: People at White House are 'burnt out' Spicer: On-camera briefings have become 'grandstanding' opportunity for reporters MORE, who in his first briefing from the podium insisted Trump had “the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe.”

Pictures of the event seemed to show a much smaller crowd than the administration was claiming.