Donald Trump’s Memorial Day Message to the ‘Haters and Losers’

The real estate developer and reality television host sounded a somewhat atypical note on the holiday.

on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Photographer: Scott Olson/Getty Images

For a prospective presidential candidate, Memorial Day is a gimmie of a holiday. One pays tribute to those who have fought in the nation's wars, wears or waves an American flag, perhaps shakes hands while marching in a parade, and eats something cooked on a grill.

On social media, the goal on this holiday is to put forth a positive, reverent message that cannot be misconstrued. It offers a chance to take a break from the relentless attacks against one's political opponents in favor of promoting a communal and patriotic spirit. Above all, the candidate must remember that Memorial Day is not about them. Some examples of how it's done, from the 2016 contenders:

Breaching those rather simple rules means standing out from the crowd, and not in a good way. Just ask Donald Trump:

Trump, who formed an exploratory committee back in March and has been spending ample time in Iowa and New Hampshire, has yet to decide whether to join the growing Republican field. 


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