The Trump tapes released two weeks ago are still rocking a nation of voters, as many voters still consider them to be an admission of presidential nominee Donald Trump bragging about sexual assault. Meanwhile, fact checkers and researchers are digging into audio archives to see if his son, Donald Trump Jr. has made similar remarks. CNN Money has unearthed some footage of Donald Trump Jr. that has prompted much “apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” commentary ahead of tonight’s third Presidential debate.
His comments unearthed about the Aurora shooting in Denver, Colorado, have also prompted outrage from Aurora shooting victims reports the Denver Post today.
While no record has been found of Donald Trump Jr. bragging about sexual assault, CNN and many other researchers have found some alarming comments all the same. He’s also reportedly mocked the Aurora shooting that killed 12 people in Aurora, Colorado, in 2012, and made some statements considered xenophobic by News Mic.
All of the statements unearthed about Donald Trump Jr. stem from shock jock interviews he engaged in as early as 2012. He frequently appeared on the Opie and Anthony show on Sirius XM while it was still on the air, and talked as if he is hanging out with the guys.
CNN reports that in one interview, Donald Trump Jr. tells shock jock radio hosts that fat people are lazy and he laments the fact that fat jokes are politically incorrect. According to CNN in that tape Donald Trump Jr. said,
“By the way you can’t, you can’t even make fat jokes now without, like, there’s a whole segment of people that like, that’s almost the worst one like, it’s easier to, like, do a racial thing, than it is a fat one because everyone knows they’re fat and they get really offended that –”
Here is an interview here of a January 2012 appearance with Donald Trump Jr. The interview begins at 1:25 mark on the tape, and starts with radio hosts asking him about some transgender tweets that he made that caused some Twitter drama.
Donald Trump Jr. brushed it off saying that Twitter is his place where he doesn’t have to be a “stuffed shirt.” Those tweets no longer exist on Donald Trump Jr.’s timeline.
He also says in this video at the 1:38 mark, that it is very easy to convince anyone of anything, “if you say it with enough confidence.” It is a strategy that sounds very familiar to something his father said in his book, “The Art of the Deal.”
News Mic reports that the Opie And Anthony show is no longer on the air, after host Anthony Cumia was fired for some racist statements. News Mic also reports that Cumia was also arrested for domestic violence after his firing. Even so, there is a lot of footage on YouTube of the old shows.
The hosts refer to Donald Trump Jr. as a “friend” frequently, and he has appeared on the show multiple times. He did appear on the show on the day after the Aurora shooting and made some remarks about the shooting. At the time, little was known about the shooter, James Holmes.
Donald Trump Jr. kept calling James Holmes a “psycho” and “wacko.” CBS reports that it has since come to light that the Aurora shooter has the serious mental health diagnosis of schizophrenia, as diagnosed by 20 different doctors. He does not have psychopathy as reported by Donald Trump Jr. during this interview, and is not a “wacko.”
Donald Trump Jr. also made fun of the fact that “the psycho” didn’t have a middle name that was reported in the press. “The psychos always have a middle name” he said. His comments on the Aurora shooting on this interview can be seen here starting at 1:35 mark.
Then, after saying Donald Trump Jr. didn’t want the Aurora shooting to “go political” he then discussed political strategies on gun control laws.
The host says, “Legislating against bad things, isn’t going to prevent people to do them.” Donald Trump Jr. agreed. His father is the self-described law and order candidate.
Trump Jr. then said you could look at history on gun control laws, “I don’t think there’s any actual proof that the law does anything.” He then cited “stats” but did not provide a source, suggesting crime rates go down when a gun is in the home.
As News Mic reports, when shown a news report of the shooting happening at the movie theater with sounds of people screaming, Donald Trump Jr. said,
“I heard it [the movie] was good.”
He also said, at the 1:47 mark on the video above, “I heard it was good but I ain’t bringing my kids.” He also appeared to condemn parents that did bring their children to the movie theater that evening.
“That was a strange thing by the way. It was like a midnight showing. And I’m hearing about like, 3-month-olds getting shot. Like, who brings a 3-month-old to a midnight showing-“
He was then cut off by a host who answered saying, “Selfish [bleeping] parents.”
Trump Jr. then said, “A, it is just rude, and B, I don’t know, I don’t think it’s something I would do.”
The Denver Post reports today that citizens of Colorado are not taking these remarks well. A mother of one of the shooting victims describes the statements as “disturbing and painful.” Senator Morgan Carroll also has called upon Donald Trump Jr. saying,
“Apologize immediately to the families and victims affected by this terrible tragedy. The loss of life, and horror faced by this community and all in that theater that day is no joke.”
News Mic reports that some of the comments in interviews on Opie and Anthony were xenophobic. When discussing the assassination of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh, the founding member of Hamas’ military, Donald Trump Jr. could not remember his name, but said it was “Muhammad something or other” or “Ali” suggesting that all Muslim men held one or the other of those names.
CNN Money found a clip of Opie and Anthony where Donald Trump Jr. appears to mock child abuse of children at beauty pageants. He reportedly said of the mothers of beauty pageant children that “they’re all fat. Ugly.” He also suggested the children there didn’t even want to attend the pageants, but were being forced to by their parents, mocking a child’s voice that might be injured saying,
“She’s like limping. ‘Help me, help me.’”
“She beats me when you’re not here” added the host to provide context, according to CNN.
Some statements on sexual harassment also came up in one clip. In one 2013 interview, Donald Trump Jr. says “I’m a guys guy” and suggests that women that can’t handle the workplace shouldn’t work. He was responding to a comment made by the host that said he likes it when women are in the workplace, but doesn’t like it when they complain.
Using a whiny voice to impersonate a woman the host says “these harassments” and says, “And that’s why we hate them around because they stop us from doing what we want to do.”
Donald Trump Jr. responded, “If you start including too many other things [women] and all of a sudden you’re basically having a boring freaking conversation.”
He also said in the same interview that some of the things will get him in trouble one day.
“If you can’t handle some of the basic stuff that’s become a problem in the workforce today, like, you don’t belong in the workforce. You should go maybe teach kindergarten. That’s a respectable profession.”
Watch the whole clip right here.
The statement on teaching is contradictory to some of the statements he’s made on teaching in the past. He has criticized teachers and teacher’s unions openly on Twitter.
Donald Trump Jr. also offended some teachers after the Republican National Convention this past summer according to the Huffington Post. He made a statement that led a teacher, Dani Bostick, to write into the Huffington Post in an open letter to Donald Trump Jr. The teacher said, she was working on her programming for a school in Winchester, Virginia, where she teaches Latin when she heard remarks of his that upset her.
“Our schools used to be an elevator to the middle class, now they’re stalled on the ground floor. They’re like Soviet-era department stores that are run for the benefit of the clerks and not the customers, for the teachers and the administrators and not the students.”
Bostick said in her letter, “I am a Latin teacher at a public school…in other words, I work at a Soviet-era department store. At least that is what you said in your speech.”
She goes on to say that Donald Trump Jr. offended “an entire profession” with those remarks. She says, “I started teaching in 1997, and not once have I heard my profession described in this way.”
These are just a few of the comments made by Donald Trump Jr. himself that are being considered controversial by many today. He’s also made comments about President Obama, calling him a “commie,” and Dionne Warwick, wanting to call her a curse word name but stopping because he was on radio, according to CNN Money. What is your impression of Donald Trump Jr.’s comments about the Aurora shooting?
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