The promised wall between the Trump Organization and the Trump presidency is no more—if it ever existed to begin with. On Tuesday evening, Eric Trump, one of the Trump children supposedly managing the family business while their father manages the nation, went on Fox News to complain about the Democratic Party in an astonishingly vitriolic attack.
“To me, they’re not even people,” the Trump scion told Sean Hannity about Democrats. “It’s so, so sad. Morality’s just gone, morals have flown out the window and we deserve so much better than this as a country.”
Striking a self-righteous tone, Trump said of the Democrats, “They try and obstruct a great man; they try and obstruct his family.” It is not clear how the Democrats have tried to obstruct the Trump family. Perhaps the reference was to the existence of federal ethics laws.
Perhaps the young mogul was reeling from a report, published earlier that day by Forbes, that alleged that the Trump Organization demanded payment from the Eric Trump Foundation for a cancer fundraiser the charity held on Trump-owned golf courses.
Or perhaps it was the widespread disgust, at least on social media, over the Trump sons apparently attempting to profit on their father’s presidency by opening a new chain of hotels, American Idea, in Republican-leaning states.
Maybe it was simply frustration over his father’s presidency, and the need to find someone to blame for its shortcomings.
“You see the Democratic Party, they’re imploding,” Eric Trump told Hannity. “They’re imploding. They became obstructionists because they have no message of their own.” He also referred to Tom Perez, the new head of the Democratic National Committee, a “whack job.” The reasons for that assessment are not clear.
Some may find Eric Trump’s complaint about the erosion of morals ironic, since his father is frequently blamed for the collapse of American civic life, whether because of longstanding sexual misconduct allegations against him or mean-spirited attacks on Twitter against enemies both real and perceived.
But much like his father, Eric Trump believes that the Donald’s unlikely victory in November justifies all subsequent (and prior behavior).
“They lost the election that they should have won because they spent seven times the amount of money that my father spent,” he told Hannity.
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