How To Observe Loyalty Day Under Donald Trump
Today, Donald Trump is reminding Americans that today is Loyalty Day, a holiday first observed in the 1950s as Americanization Day, a day on which Americans were called upon to not observe celebrations of May Day, an older holiday that honors the contributions of working people around the world. So, from the start, Loyalty Day has been about not doing anything out of the ordinary, but just going about your everyday business as if nothing special is going on.
As Donald Trump put it in his official Loyalty Day statement this year, the message of Loyalty Day is “that the United States will never yield from our way of life”. So, if you just keep on living according to your way of life, doing what you usually do, you’re observing Loyalty Day.
Trump demonstrated the true spirit of Loyalty Day yesterday in an interview with John Dickerson of Face The Nation. When Dickerson asked Trump if Barack Obama had given him any useful advice, Trump responded, “He was very nice to me. But after that, we’ve had some difficulties. So it doesn’t matter. You know, words are less important to me than deeds. And you– you saw what happened with surveillance. And everybody saw what happened with surveillance–
JOHN DICKERSON: Difficulties how?
DONALD TRUMP: — and I thought that, well, you saw what happened with surveillance. And I think that was inappropriate, but that’s the way.
JOHN DICKERSON: What does that mean, sir?
DONALD TRUMP: You can figure that out yourself.
JOHN DICKERSON: Well, I, the reason I ask is you said he was, you called him “sick and bad”.
DONALD TRUMP: Look, you can figure it out yourself. He was very nice to me with words, but, and when I was with him, but after that, there has been no relationship.
JOHN DICKERSON: But you stand by that claim about him?
DONALD TRUMP: I don’t stand by anything. I just, you can take it the way you want. I think our side’s been proven very strongly. And everybody’s talking about it. And frankly it should be discussed. I think that is a very big surveillance of our citizens. I think it’s a very big topic. And it’s a topic that should be number one. And we should find out what the hell is going on.
JOHN DICKERSON: I just wanted to find out, though. You’re, you’re the president of the United States. You said he was “sick and bad” because he had tapped you, I’m just–
DONALD TRUMP: You can take, any way. You can take it any way you want.
JOHN DICKERSON: But I’m asking you. Because you don’t want it to be–
DONALD TRUMP: You don’t–
JOHN DICKERSON: –fake news. I want to hear it from–
DONALD TRUMP: You don’t have to–
JOHN DICKERSON: –President Trump.
DONALD TRUMP: –ask me. You don’t have to ask me.
JOHN DICKERSON: Why not?
DONALD TRUMP: Because I have my own opinions. You can have your own opinions.
JOHN DICKERSON: But I want to know your opinions. You’re the president of the United States.
DONALD TRUMP: Okay, it’s enough. Thank you. Thank you very much.”
Do you understand now? On Loyalty Day, it’s the job of a journalist interviewing the President of the United States to not ask any questions. Questions, in the 60 year-old Loyalty Day tradition, are regarded as a sign of dangerous doubt and dissent.
With this interaction as an example, you now should understand how to observe Loyalty Day, by just not yielding, living according to your way of life, doing what you usually do, and above all else, not asking any questions.
Don’t try to understand. If you need to ask how to celebrate Loyalty Day, you’ve already gotten it wrong.