On Sunday, President Donald Trump wished the United States a "HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!" The president took to Twitter early in the morning with a spree of political tweets and retweets. Just after 8 a.m., however, he capped them off with a Mother's Day message to his followers.
Trump was up early on Sunday morning and active on Twitter. Starting around 7 a.m., he retweeted posts about his predecessor, President Barack Obama, and Obama's Vice President Joe Biden — the Democratic front-runner in the 2020 presidential election. Trump shared a number of conspiracy theories about the past administration, retweeting dubious claims on his official Twitter account. He then returned to the more urgent matter of the coronavirus pandemic, posting a handful of tweets about that before finishing with his Mother's Day well-wishes.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2020
Many followers were left speechless as they caught up with the president's Twitter spree over breakfast. The posts covered a wide range of topics, jumping back and forth seemingly sporadically. Between two tweets about COVID-19, one reiterated his believe that the journalists who won Pulitzer Prizes for their coverage of the Russian collusion allegations should return their awards.
Trump also tweeted some political endorsements on Sunday morning. He congratulated John Catanzara for being elected president of the Chicago Police Union, and he retweeted his own endorsement for California congressional candidate Mike Garcia from Saturday. By one count, the president made 53 tweets in total on Sunday morning before addressing Mother's Day.
As for the coronavirus pandemic, the president focused on the hopeful signs on Twitter this weekend. He did not make note of how social distancing will impact family gatherings on Sunday — let alone the thousands of families grieving for loved ones lost to the virus. Those that responded to his Mother's Day tweet did, however.
Outspoken critics of the president on Twitter remarked that he should be taking a more mournful tone in general considering that the U.S. has now lost over 80,000 people to the pandemic. Some got more personal, leaving comments on Trump's own family arrangement, including the three different wives he has had kids with over the years.
All in all, the response to Trump's Mother's Day message did not strike an overwhelmingly positive tone on Sunday morning. Here's a look at how Twitter is responding to Trump's Mother's Day tweet.
That we know of...— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) May 10, 2020
Most mothers hate your guts!— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) May 10, 2020
Happy Mother's Day. Some of you will have to die, but it's a sacrifice the 'president' is willing to make. pic.twitter.com/3AaVgOSoQb— D Villella ❄️ (@dvillella) May 10, 2020
'Get a Mask'
'Difficult Mother's Day'
Difficult Mother’s Day in US: 80,000+ dead, millions more suffering from illness & financial ruin, and w/ social distancing, tens of millions more separated from their loved ones this year. I wish for all of US some love & solace as we celebrate today & hope for a better tomorrow— David Rothschild (@DavMicRot) May 10, 2020
80,040 DEAD Americans
80,040 Mothers who WON’T get a CALL or. CARD or a “Socially Distant Visit” from their Husband, Son or Daughter
80,040 Americans GONE FOREVER
Due to lack of LEADERSHIP by @realDonaldTrump
2 months ago NONE of those Mothers had lost ANYONE 💔💔💔— The Resistor Sister ♥️🇺🇸🦅 (@the_resistor) May 10, 2020
Happy Mother’s Day to Melania and your family Mr. President.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there as well. Enjoy your day.— RD (@real_defender) May 10, 2020
Just another tweet from Trump's PR team to save his reputation. But that's too late and not enough.— FJK (@franzjaeger_ber) May 10, 2020