It is perhaps not surprising that the current Democratic front-runner for the 2020 nomination would go after the president of the United States, a Republican, on the Fourth of July — but to many people, it’s deeply disappointing.
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday slammed President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America” event at the Lincoln Memorial on July 4, claiming the spectacle “misse[d] the point” of the national holiday.
Speaking in Marshalltown, Iowa, to a few hundred supporters, Biden ripped into Trump’s July 4 celebration in Washington, D.C.
He said it was “designed more to stroke” the president’s ego than to celebrate America’s independence and birthday.
“I wonder what Donald Trump will say [on Thursday] evening, when he speaks to the nation at an event designed more to stroke his ego than celebrate American ideals,” Biden said, as Fox News and other outlets reported.
“The 76-year-old Biden, in well-worn running shoes, zigzagged across a parade route in Independence, Iowa, often jogging from curb to curb, sometimes trotting backward,” as Fox noted.
He also apparently posed for an endless series of photos with people who came out to see him.
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(So this campaign stop in Iowa was not about him?)
Yet plenty of Americans enjoyed and appreciated the event on the evening of July 4 as the nation celebrated its 243rd birthday.
“What’s wrong with pausing for a few hours to celebrate our nation and all that we stand for?” said one New York-based father of four and a military veteran. “It seems anything this president does or tries to do, Democrats object and go after him for — and that’s just wrong. It’s gotten so tiresome,” he added.
Check out the tweets below for more on the July 4 festivities.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2019
Happy Birthday to the greatest nation on the face of the earth! This nation, our flag and our anthem stand for all of us, so you better believe we STAND for it! #TeamTomi #4thofjuly #independenceday #godblessamerica… https://t.co/MrpJdhhjIF
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) July 4, 2019
Despite the left’s best attempts at destroying a salute to America, the place is PACKED!
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 4, 2019
President Trump is the man to lead our country going forward. He proves it with events like this. This is a man who gets it.
— Kevin JN (@Jetsfan1989) July 5, 2019
What a honor to be among so many heroes at the Salute to America with @realDonaldTrump! Pic with Earl Morse, the founder of Honor Flights and Gene Kranz, the famous NASA Mission Controller for Apollo 13. God bless America! pic.twitter.com/x6Sqngoyrq
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) July 5, 2019
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) July 5, 2019
Salute to America is an event I will never ever forget witnessing. The flyovers were beyond incredible. God Bless America. Thank you @realDonaldTrump for making it happen. Now onto the fireworks! 🇺🇸 #july4
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) July 5, 2019