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Joe Biden says Donald Trump's Fourth of July parade 'misses the point'

Des Moines Register logo Des Moines Register 7/4/2019 Stephen Gruber-Miller
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WATERLOO, Ia. — President Donald Trump's plan to hold a Fourth of July military parade "misses the whole point about why we are the country we are," former Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday in Iowa.

Speaking to reporters after an event in a Waterloo union hall, Biden said Trump "missed the essence of who we are."

Trump's "Salute to America" on Thursday is intended to honor the U.S. military. It will include a military parade, complete with Army tanks and aircraft flyovers, in Washington, D.C.

Critics have said the event is more about Trump's own ego and injects partisan politics into the annual Independence Day celebration.

On the campaign trail, Biden often says the U.S. should lead "not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example."

Biden has accused Trump of "tearing down the guardrails of our democracy" with attacks on the press and the justice system.

"Donald Trump threatens everything: our core values, what we stand for, what we believe," Biden told the Waterloo crowd.

Biden was to march in an Independence Day parade in Independence, Iowa, on Thursday before holding an event in Marshalltown and attending an Iowa Cubs baseball game in Des Moines.

This article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Joe Biden says Donald Trump's Fourth of July parade 'misses the point'

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