President Joe Biden isn't shy about his fondness for bicycling. He even answered questions from the press while riding a bicycle during the 2020 campaign. Biden has repeatedly faced criticism from conservatives for riding a bike, most recently while visiting family in his home state of Delaware as Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine continues.
Former President Donald Trump's son, Eric Trump, railed against Biden's bike ride amidst all the "horribleness" going on in the world.
Eric Trump is very upset about Joe Biden’s bike and claims his father would be out there giving speeches in front of f-35s pic.twitter.com/toUrEsq7sn
— Acyn (@Acyn) March 22, 2022
Eric Trump said:
"Look at that picture of him on the bike, right? I mean, here you have Biden riding this beach cruiser. It's got this big, kind of ridiculous reflector on the front of it and it may as well have had a little horn on there. And he's riding slowly, he's probably going to get ice cream. Literally in a world where you almost have World War III ... and the guy's literally riding a beach cruiser around the place."
"My father would be giving speeches in front of F-35s, talking about how he’s building the greatest military the world has ever seen. ... Believe me, that was sending a true message of strength. ... When you see a guy riding a beach cruiser in the middle of the day, this is the Commander in Chief of the United States of America. I mean, what message does that send the world that is literally in the middle of, just, horribleness?"
Like Biden, Trump had his own forms of recreation, usually involving golf. Despite assurances that he wouldn't have time to golf as President, Trump golfed or visited golf clubs nearly 300 times, according to Trump Golf Count. Seismic global and domestic events—such as the COVID-19 pandemic, devastating hurricanes, and a national emergency he himself declared—weren't enough to keep him off the course.
Social media users hadn't forgotten this amid Eric Trump's diatribe.
Yeah, but lets talk about your dad, that MF was playing golf every weekend https://t.co/G5pcO1kdGB
— Arctic Noodlez (@noodlez56) March 22, 2022
The former president declared a national emergency over border wall funding in 2019, then immediately left on a golf trip. He also golfed throughout the pandemic, costing us millions. https://t.co/G4FJzYfmcZ
— Kate (@katedia2016) March 22, 2022
He’s complaining that Joe Biden is exercising when his father spent a third of his presidency on a golf course 😂 https://t.co/aEDWxMo5Hx
— Nicholas Alexander (@ThatGuyNickk) March 22, 2022
Guess he forgot that his day played golf totally almost a whole year while he was in office! Nice try Gums! https://t.co/0jONOAqH9I
— Queen of Typos (@KellieADennis74) March 22, 2022
His comments were widely dismissed.
Extremely deep analysis here from [checks notes] oh, right, Eric. https://t.co/FQ30FzZw2t
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) March 22, 2022
Fox trying to create another petty scandal. Oh my God!, Joe is out riding a bike with a horn, during a war. Be afraid America! https://t.co/ooOagLC2TV
— Wayne W. (@waw658) March 22, 2022
Incoherent, rambling, nonsensical speeches. https://t.co/rIIiamUSSz
— Rational57 (@Rational571) March 22, 2022
Many of Trump's golf excursion were to his own resorts, effectively funneling security costs paid by American taxpayers into the Trump Organization.