President Trump did not invent "Loyalty Day," and he's hardly the first commander in chief to celebrate it.
Congress officially enacted the holiday in 1955, during former President Dwight Eisenhower's term in office, and former President Barack Obama celebrated it as recently as 2016.
This information is readily available for all to see, as even the laziest Google search will show. Unfortunately, this is the era of Trump, and knee-jerk reactionaryism reigns supreme.
"Donald Trump tries to revive a Red Scare holiday. Seriously," MSBNC's Joy Ann Reid said this weekend as she linked to a Daily Beast article.
Her remarks are amusing considering the article she circulated ends with this line, "Former President Barack Obama also proclaimed May 1 as Loyalty Day in 2016."
Teen Vogue's Lauren Duca added elsewhere, "Authoritarianism has jumped the shark."
"This 'Loyalty Day' thing has got to be a joke, right?" asked the Young Turks' John Ladarola
And so on.
It's also another tool to build a cult of personality that doesn't question Trump's "legitimacy" or "authority." #loyaltyday #resist https://t.co/5RIkwMmvzf— Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@DaShanneStokes) April 30, 2017
Like every president since 1955, Trump marked May 1 of this year for "Loyalty Day."
"As one Nation, we will always stand strong against the threats of terrorism and lawlessness. The loyalty of our citizenry sends a clear signal to our allies and enemies that the United States will never yield from our way of life," the White House proclamation declared.
"Through the Department of Defense and other national security agencies, we are working to destroy ISIS, and to secure for all Americans the liberty terrorists seek to extinguish. We humbly thank our brave service members and veterans who have worn our Nation's uniform — from the American Revolution to the present day," it added.
Though presidents since 1955 have celebrated "Loyalty Day," their proclamations have varied over the years.
"Whereas the prime requisite for retaining our freedom is unswerving devotion to the liberties embodied in our Constitution; and whereas it is fitting that a special day be set aside for solemn re-evaluation of those priceless gifts of freedom which are our heritage, to the end that we may stimulate and renew that high sense of patriotism which has signalized our glorious history as a Nation," read Eisenhower's message 62 years ago.
Reagan's 1981 proclamation read, ""One of the great treasures of America is the unity of its people. No nation is composed of citizens with such diverse cultural, racial and religious backgrounds as is the United States of America."
"And while the unique contributions of each segment of our population are important, the significant fact remains that each of us, whatever background, remains loyal to the Nation and to the ideals of freedom for which it stands," it added.
The Cold War-era holiday is not new, it's not insidious and it's not a Trump creation. Google is your friend.