As the United States commemorates Mother’s Day, Donald Trump has released a predictably oddly worded message to celebrate mothers, particularly those of his biggest enemies.
Perhaps in his rush to cling to “radical left-wing fascists” he failed to mention his wife, Melania, mother of his youngest son, Barron.
The former president wrote in social truth: “Happy Mother’s Day to ALL, in particular to the Mothers, Wives and Lovers of the fascists, Marxists and radical left communists who are doing everything in their power to destroy and erase our once great Country.”
He continued: “Please make these crazy maniacs kinder, gentler, softer, and most importantly, smarter, so we can, quickly, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
Many other public figures, notably former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, took the opportunity to praise their wives.
In Clinton’s case, she also praised her daughter Chelsea, herself a mother.
Former President Obama wrote: “Happy Mother’s Day! I hope that you will take a moment to appreciate all the mothers and mother figures in your life, and that you will be there for the people who may be missing theirs.
“To Michelle Obama, thank you for being an incredible mother to our beautiful girls. You have set an incredible example for all of us.”
He accompanied the post with a photo of Mrs. Obama with her daughters and her own mother.
Trump’s great rival within the Republican Party, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also paid tribute to his wife, Casey.
He wrote: “Madison, Mason and Mamie are lucky to have the best mom in the world – Casey DeSantis. Thank you for everything you do for our family, we love you so much!”
Former Vice President Mike Pence praised his wife, Karen, his own mother, Nancy, and his daughter and daughter-in-law, who just became new mothers.
Meanwhile, the Bidens, who are spending their weekend in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, put out a mix of posts. President Joe Biden wrote simply and concisely: “To moms around the world, I wish you a Happy Mother’s Day.”
First Lady Jill Biden had two messages, one celebrating her own mother “who taught me to love unconditionally,” and a second celebrating “all the moms and teachers who are inspiring the next generation.”
Ms. Biden included a video of a call she had with an elementary school teacher who had been inspired to enter the profession by her own mother.