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Twitter Users Serve Up Scathing Visions Of Trump's Planned July Fourth Bash

The president's call for a "Salute To America" bash evoked memories of the wild "Honor America" Independence Day arranged by Richard Nixon supporters.

People on Twitter had a blast Sunday coming up with images for President Donald Trump’s planned “one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C.” at the Lincoln Memorial this year to mark Independence Day.

Visions ranged from chilling images of the kind of military event that might occur in Moscow to old photos of the 1970 “Honor America” Independence Day celebration on the National Mall organized by wealthy supporters of Richard Nixon. The 1970 event was aimed at shoring up support for Nixon amid antiwar protests and the fatal shooting that year of four Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard.

The event instead blossomed into a free-for-all involving furious neo-Nazis and other conservatives and a “smoke-in” by antiwar hippies. (“Before this is over, I may need some of that stuff myself,” quipped master of ceremonies Bob Hope.) Nixon was not on the scene.

Trump on Sunday urged Americans to “HOLD THE DATE” of July 4 for a “Salute To America” celebration featuring a speech by “your favorite President, me!”

Presidents typically don’t show up at the annual July Fourth gathering on the National Mall, safeguarding the event as a nonpartisan celebration.

Here’s what popped into people’s minds when they envisioned the president’s gathering:

This isn’t going to happen:

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