Donald Trump Blasted for ‘Human Scum’ Memorial Day Post

Donald Trump is facing backlash after focusing one of his Memorial Day posts on his various legal challenges while he runs for reelection.

The former president and presumptive Republican presidential nominee made two posts to his Truth Social account Monday morning in reference to the federal holiday. One of the two featured a picture of Trump saluting a grave with the text, “We can never replace them. We can never repay them, but we can always remember.”

In the second, which was shared a little over two hours later, the former president wished a “Happy Memorial Day to All, including the Human Scum that is working so hard to destroy our Once Great Country.”

The post mentioned the “Radical Left, Trump Hating Federal Judge” Lewis Kaplan, who presided over his two separate defamation cases brought against him by former columnist E. Jean Carroll. Trump also took a hit at New York Judge Arthur Engoron, who in February found the former president, his two eldest sons and others associated with the Trump Organization liable of defrauding lenders.

Several of Trump’s critics took to social media and criticized the former president for using his Memorial Day message to make a statement about his legal battles. The Biden-Harris HQ account, which is associated with President Joe Biden‘s reelection campaign, shared a screenshot of Trump’s controversial post to X, formerly known as Twitter, writing, “Trump posts Memorial Day message with zero mention of fallen American service members, instead calling those who don’t support him ‘Human Scum.'”

The X account Republicans Against Trump also attacked the former president in a post, writing that his “Memorial Day post says nothing about our fallen heroes who paid the ultimate price for defending our freedoms, instead, he’s focused on attacking the judges and the prosecution in his criminal trial. Trump is utterly unfit for office.”

Trump Blasted For 'Human Scum' Memorial DayPost
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump attends the NASCAR Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26 in Concord, North Carolina. Trump faced backlash online for making one of his Memorial Day posts…


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“What in G.d’s green earth is wrong with this country,” wrote Andrew Weissmann, an attorney and frequent legal analyst for MSNBC who was responding to a post that compared Trump’s message to one from former President Barack Obama. “What happened to patriotism and decency and self-sacrifice? So grateful to those who serve in and out of uniform everyday.”

“Where are all the Republican elected officials sharing Trump’s long Memorial Day post?” added Ron Filipkowski, editor-in-chief of the progressive news site MeidasTouch and a frequent critic of Trump. “Aren’t you proud of the leader of your party and what he had to say? Why won’t you post it to your supporters and constituents?”

Newsweek has reached out to Trump’s press team via email for comment on the criticism.

The former president is facing four criminal indictments while vying for a second shot at the White House. He has also been found liable of sexual abuse and business fraud.

Trump is set to face Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in November. The president said in his Memorial Day post to X on Monday, “Since America’s founding, our service members have laid down their lives for an idea unlike any other: the idea of the United States. Today, as generations of heroes lie in eternal peace, we live by the light of liberty they kept burning. May God bless them, always.”

A handful of Trump’s supporters responded to criticisms of the former president, noting that his post regarding his legal battles came after a message about remembering those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces. Conservative commentator and executive producer of The Benny Show podcast Alex Lorusso wrote underneath the post by the Biden-Harris HQ account, “Conveniently didn’t mention his first post of the day.”

Trump’s campaign account, Team Trump, shared multiple posts in honor of the holiday, including one that included audio of the former president’s Memorial Day speech in 2018. Former first lady Melania Trump said in her own statement to X, “Today, we pay tribute to the brave souls who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Their selfless acts of courage will forever be remembered and honored.”