In a bid to keep his campaign afloat, Donald Trump has been making regular visits to campaign rallies and events across the country to promote his message of a “big tent” immigration policy.
But a recent trip to a Washington, D.C., rally for Democratic congressional candidate Zac Petkanas shows the extent to which Trump has embraced the online persona he calls “the fake president,” whose supporters make up much of his base.
Trump was in the nation’s capital on Thursday, and his supporters had already assembled for a pre-event rally in the West Wing, which drew more than 100,000 people, including many in costume, and included Trump himself.
But by the time the event began, Trump had already posted a tweet about Petkans supporters, using the hashtag #fakepresident, which he shared on social media.
Petkanas was among the speakers at the event, which was hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union, which is defending Petkas lawsuit against Trump.
Petks lawsuit is one of several lawsuits being brought against the Trump campaign by activists and others seeking to hold the Republican nominee accountable for his use of Twitter.
Petkus has been a frequent target of Trump’s online attacks, even going so far as to publicly apologize for his tweets and call on him to resign from office.
He tweeted a video of himself holding a sign that read, “Trump is unfit to serve.”
Trump has also been making frequent trips to his own rallies, even at times using the rally as a platform to promote himself, such as in November when he held a rally in Phoenix, Arizona.
While many of his supporters support Trump’s policies, some are also skeptical about his policies, with one man at a Petkaus rally at the Phoenix rally even saying, “What is he saying?”
Some of the protesters, however, have been critical of the president’s policies.
One man said that while he has never endorsed Trump, he does not believe Trump should be elected president, saying, “(He) should be impeached.”
Other Trump supporters have been calling for him to be removed from office, and some even have been encouraging other people to do the same.
A petition calling on Petkons supporters to remove Trump from office gained over 500,000 signatures in less than two days.
The president’s supporters have responded with a slew of other anti-Trump memes.
One of the most popular was a mock meme featuring a photo of Trump holding a decapitated Trump head.
Another of the memes features a picture of Trump surrounded by the words, “Make America Great Again.”
The group also posted a photo from a “fake” Trump rally, which features the slogan “Make AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
The president also took to Twitter to defend his supporters, saying that while there are many of them who are just looking for “a cheap laugh,” the majority of his fans are working for his campaign.
Trump tweeted Friday that his supporters are “working for our campaign” and that they are “the backbone of our movement,” according to CNN.
He also said that Petkns supporters are not his fans and that he does have many of their support.
“I don’t have millions of people, but we are the backbone of the movement,” he said.
Petkins’ lawsuit against the president was filed earlier this month, and he has been represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has been helping Petkansks legal team to get his case heard.
The judge in the case has also appointed an outside law firm, Wachtell, Lipton & Rosen, to assist in the litigation.
The Washington Post reached out to Petkaks campaign for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.