On Father’s Day in June 2021, a screenshot supposedly showing a message from former U.S. President Donald Trump was circulated on social media:
The message reads:
Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America
Happy Father’s Day to all, including the Radical Left, RINOs, and other Losers of the world. Hopefully, eventually, everyone will come together!
Some social media users were a little unsure if this was a genuine message from the former president. Trump, who was banned from several social media platforms in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has primarily relied on email statements to get his message out to his supporters. As many people don’t have firsthand access to these emails, social media users have to rely on others to post screenshots. This, of course, has led to a few spoof statements.
Others may have been unsure about this statement’s authenticity because it isn’t customary to levy insults in celebratory messages, especially those calling for unity. This statement, however, was truly issued by the former president.
“Happy Father’s Day to all, including my worst and most vicious critics, of which there are fewer and fewer. This is a FANTASTIC time to be an American! KEEP AMERICA GREAT!”
In 2019, Trump started the new year by wishing “Happy New Year to everyone, including the haters and the fake news media!” in an all-caps tweet:
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE HATERS AND THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA! 2019 WILL BE A FANTASTIC YEAR FOR THOSE NOT SUFFERING FROM TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. JUST CALM DOWN AND ENJOY THE RIDE, GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING FOR OUR COUNTRY!
Perhaps most famously, Trump extended his “best wishes” to all the “haters and losers” in 2013 on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. When Trump ran for president a few years later, this message was deleted from his timeline:
I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.