Former President Donald Trump celebrated Independence Day by sharing several humorous memes directed at President Joe Biden online, the Washington Examiner reported. Meanwhile, other Republican candidates made formal campaign stops.
GOP presidential hopefuls campaigned on July 4 using the holiday as a patriotic backdrop. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attended a pair of parades in New Hampshire, one of which included an appearance with North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott.
The Merrimack, New Hampshire, event also included other GOP candidates like Vivek Ramaswamy, Perry Johnson, and Will Hurd. Author and inspirational speaker Marianne Williamson was the lone Democratic candidate at the event and is too far behind Biden to make a dent in his reelection.
Former Vice President Mike Pence made stops in Iowa, visiting both Urbandale and Boone. However, Trump was not out and about in America and pressing the flesh like the rest of them but rather posting funny memes on social media.
One he shared had a flag that read, "F--- Biden." Another said, "81 million votes…and I’ve never seen pro Biden hat, shirt or flag in my life."
"True: No Biden hats anywhere. Never seen one!" Trump captioned the simple meme. The former president posted these in the early morning hours on his TruthSocial account.
Later, he released a more conventional Independence Day message. "Happy Fourth of July to everyone," Trump wrote.
"We are working hard, we will take back our country, and make America great again. The 2024 election is our last great chance!"
Trump also shared others' posts about him, including one that said "Trump Won" while another depicted him as George Washington leading his troops into battle. He did this all while not officially making any campaign stops on the holiday.
His team explained that weekend stops in South Carolina and Pennsylvania in the days leading up to July 4 were intended to cover the holiday. The former president is also expected to make a campaign stop in Iowa this week.
Perhaps Trump is resting on his laurels, considering he has a handsome lead over DeSantis, his closest competitor. The former president received 52.4% support in the RealClearPolitics average, while DeSantis garnered 21.5%.
Biden is unpopular as president, but he's still light years ahead of his competition in the polls for his reelection. He used the advantage of his office to host a barbecue for active-duty service members at the White House before watching fireworks with other spectators on the South Lawn.
The president also took a meeting with the National Education Association that same day. Like all Democrats, Biden relies heavily on the deep pockets of unions to fuel his campaign, and the NEA is the largest union in the nation.
Trump got where he is by being the out-of-the-box candidate in 2016 and making his case largely on social media. His supporters love that he's not like other polished candidates who do all of the "right" things but instead takes to social media to mercilessly mock his enemies when they deserve it.