As Trump himself said of Biden, who is in fact a practicing Catholic and political moderate: "He's against God. He's against guns."
Republican invitations have reportedly gone out to Patricia and Mark McCloskey, who became rightwing folk heroes when they were filmed waving firearms at a group of protesters marching down their street in St Louis.
Although later charged with a weapons violation, the couple has been lionized by Trump and his supporters on Fox News and across the conservative media sphere.
Another invite symbolizing Republicans' sense of outrage will be Nicholas Sandmann, a recent graduate of the Covington Catholic High School.
He became famous in 2019 when he was portrayed by major media outlets as taunting a Native American elder, while wearing one of Trump's "Make America Great Again" baseball caps, during a school visit to Washington.
The account was based on a viral video but subsequent footage cast doubt over the entire story and Sandmann's family sued, receiving financial settlements from CNN and The Washington Post — and becoming symbols of conservative anger at the media.
(Writer: Sebastian Smith)
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