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Biden Blasts Trump for ‘Salute to America,’ Yet Patriots Appreciate the President ‘Who Gets It’

It is perhaps not surprising that the current Democratic front-runner for the 2020 nomination [1] 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 [2], 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 [3] in Washington, D.C.

He said it was “designed more to stroke” the president’s ego than to celebrate America’s independence and birthday.

Related: ‘By Standing for the Flag, I Honor My Country’ [4]

“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 [5] noted.

He also apparently posed for an endless series of photos with people who came out to see him.

(So this campaign stop in Iowa was not about him?)

Related: America, Our Great Nation, Was Founded on Faith [6]

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.