Fox News Commentator Praises Trump's Daytona 500 Visit, Says It Had 'Patriotism,' 'American Muscle' and Things 'Liberals Really Can't Stand'

Conservative Fox News commentator and radio host Dan Bongino praised President Donald Trump's performance at the Daytona 500 in Florida Sunday, saying it featured "patriotism" and "American muscle."

The president and his first lady Melania Trump attended the popular NASCAR season opener, with the presidential limo—dubbed "The Beast"—doing a lap around the track and Trump giving remarks at the sporting event. Trump is only the second president in U.S. history to attend the NASCAR event, with former Republican President George W. Bush being the first in 2004.

"I don't know, but I was watching that yesterday. And I got up and I was—I popped to a salute," Bongino said during a segment of Fox News morning show Fox & Friends Monday.

"You want to talk about liberal heads exploding everywhere, think of all this amalgamation of things in this pot," he said. "You had patriotism, you had fast cars, you had American muscle, you had pride, love of America, President Trump. All these things liberals really can't stand."

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump stand for the National Anthem as they attend the Daytona 500 NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida on February 16. SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty

"This was such a great day. And the singing of the national anthem beforehand. I mean, it was just such a phenomenal event," Bongino added.

Trump joked in an interview from the race track that he wanted to jump behind the wheel of one of the race cars and take it for a spin. "Right now, if I can, I'm gonna hop into one of these cars and I'm gonna get into this race, if possible," he quipped.

Speaking to the crowd, the president described the race as "the legendary display of roaring engines, soaring spirits and the American skill, speed and power that we've been hearing about for so many years." He said those attending the event were "patriots," adding that "no matter who wins the race, what matters most is God, family and country."

While the president's appearance at the Daytona 500 was widely praised by supporters, it wasn't without controversies. Brad Parscale, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, tweeted out an image of Air Force One at the event in 2004, when Bush had attended, claiming it was from Trump's visit.

".@realDonaldTrump won the #Daytona500 before the race even started," he tweeted.

As CNN reported, the image was actually taken by photographer Jonathan Ferrey on February 15, 2004, when Bush became the first U.S. president to attend the Daytona 500. The image stayed on Parscale's Twitter feed for about three hours, garnering some 6,700 retweets and about 23,000 likes, before it was deleted.