President TrumpDonald TrumpHeadaches intensify for Democrats in Florida Stormy Daniels set to testify against former lawyer Avenatti in fraud trial Cheney challenger wins Wyoming Republican activists' straw poll MORE late Tuesday shared a manipulated image of Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenUS threatens sweeping export controls against Russian industries Headaches intensify for Democrats in Florida US orders families of embassy staff in Ukraine to leave country MORE sitting in a wheelchair in a nursing home.
The meme includes an altered slogan that says “Biden for resident” instead of “Biden for president,” mocking the former vice president, who is 77 and three years older than Trump, as old. Trump’s campaign has consistently tried to argue that Biden is mentally unfit to serve as president.
Trump shared the image following the president's campaign rally in Pennsylvania. It comes as Trump’s reelection campaign steps up efforts to appeal to seniors nationwide amid signs that the voting bloc, which is typically reliably conservative, is turning against the president three weeks from the November election.
Two polls released last week showed Biden with more than a 20-point lead over Trump among voters ages 65 years and older.
The Trump campaign, meanwhile, has launched an eight-figure advertisement campaign targeting American seniors. An ad released Tuesday promotes Trump’s record on Social Security, drug prices and protecting Medicare, while attacking Biden’s own record on the issues.
“You’re seeing really good, really strong advertising that we’re out of the box with this week that has tremendous appeal to seniors. We know that. It’s been tested. It tests off the charts,” Trump campaign manager Bill StepienBill StepienBrad Parscale says Jan. 6 committee issued subpoena for his phone records Jan. 6 commission postpones Jason Miller deposition after he engages with committee Christie says Trump, Meadows should have warned him of positive COVID-19 test MORE told reporters on a call on Monday.
Biden, meanwhile, has seen an opportunity in Trump’s slipping poll numbers to court senior voters. The Democratic nominee held a campaign event in Pembroke Pines, Fla., on Tuesday during which he laid out his plan for older Americans.
“You deserve respect and peace of mind, but you’re not getting it because to Donald Trump, you’re expendable,” Biden said during his speech. “You’re forgettable. You’re virtually nobody. That’s how he sees seniors. That’s how he sees you.”