President Joe Biden and potential 2024 Republican candidate Donald Trump both shared Father’s Day messages on Sunday, each reflecting their distinctive styles.
On June 18, President Biden took to Twitter to post a black and white photograph of his younger self with his family—wife Jill Biden, and his three children, Hunter and Ashley Biden, and the late Beau, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 46. Accompanying the photo was a heartfelt message: “Every day I feel blessed to be a dad and pop. From the Biden family to yours: Happy Father’s Day, America.”
President Biden, who has seven grandchildren through Hunter and Beau, also honored fathers in a statement released on June 16. He commended fathers who tirelessly work towards building a better future for their families and ensuring the safety, support, and empowerment of their children as they pursue their dreams. Additionally, he expressed gratitude for his own father, Joseph Robinette Biden Sr., acknowledging the values instilled in him during his upbringing that continue to inspire him today.
Every day I feel blessed to be a dad and pop.— President Biden (@POTUS) June 18, 2023
From the Biden family to yours: Happy Father's Day, America. pic.twitter.com/NgdsAOOD8g
In contrast, former President Trump, who is considered a frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination in 2024, did not share any photos of his five children on social media, nor did he mention his own father. He simply posted “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!!” on Truth Social, his preferred platform.
Shortly after his Father’s Day message, Trump returned to his typical pattern of using social media to criticize ongoing criminal investigations against him and to reiterate his claims of election fraud in the 2020 election. He tweeted, “THEY DON’T GO AFTER THE PEOPLE WHO CHEATED IN THE ELECTION, THEY ONLY GO AFTER THE PEOPLE WHO REPORT ON, OR QUESTION, THE CHEATING.”
Meanwhile, The Trump Organization, the former president’s real estate company, shared a more personal Father’s Day message. They tweeted a post featuring Eric Trump and his two young children, Eric “Luke” and Carolina, wishing fathers a day filled with love and joy.
To the fathers who have given the world, and to those who deserve the world, we hope this day is filled with an abundance of love and joy. Happy #FathersDay from our Trump Organization family to yours! pic.twitter.com/cC7KPMggKB— The Trump Organization (@Trump) June 18, 2023
In previous years, Trump has used his Father’s Day message as an opportunity to address his political adversaries. In 2021, he released a statement saying, “Happy Father’s Day to all, including the Radical Left, RINOs, and other Losers of the world. Hopefully, eventually, everyone will come together.”