A military man is raining on President Trump’s armed parade.
Robert O’Neill — the controversial ex-Navy SEAL who claims that he fired the shots that killed Osama bin Laden — blasted Trump’s request for a military parade through Washington, D.C. Thursday.
“A military parade is third world bulls–t,” O’Neill tweeted. “We prepare. We deter. We fight. Stop this conversation.”
O’Neill’s harsh comments come in response to revelations that Trump ordered Pentagon officials last month to start planning a parade through the nation’s capital featuring rolling tanks and marching soldiers.
Both Republicans and Democrats excoriated Trump’s request, noting that such overt displays of military power are synonymous with authoritarian regimes like North Korea and China.
O’Neill, 41, followed up his incendiary parade tweet with a jab at Trump’s alleged servility to Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.
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“We had a parade once. It was 2003 and we called it a Thunder Run. Someone remind Vladimir,” O’Neill tweeted, referring to the U.S. invasion of Baghdad, Iraq in 2003.
O’Neill has been the subject of widespread scrutiny since he began bragging about supposedly pumping two bullets into Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, killing the notorious terrorist mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks.
The ex-Navy shooter even wrote a book — “The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Bin Laden” — laying out in vivid detail what apparently went down. O’Neill’s antics drew sharp criticism from other soldiers, who noted that U.S. troops involved in secret missions aren’t supposed to publically talk about them.