Eric Trump, the third child and second son of President Donald Trump, lashed out at Democrats on Tuesday night, telling Sean Hannity that he doesn’t consider them as people after their alleged obstruction of the president and his family.
The younger Trump’s tirade was a reaction to Hannity’s assertion that the mainstream media has been promoting “baseless Russian conspiracy theories” as the Democrats look for “any evidence of collusion” between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow. Eric Trump, who is managing the Trump Organization with his brother Donald Jr. while their father is in the White House, complained that he has never seen such hatred and that morals are going down the drain.
“I’ve never seen hatred like this,” Trump said on Fox News’s Hannity.
“To me, they’re not even people. 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.”
Eric Trump also slammed the Democrats for trying to block not only his father’s agenda, but the Trump family as well.
“They try and obstruct a great man; they try and obstruct his family.”
He also took shots at the Democrats and claimed that the party is falling apart.
“You see the Democratic Party, they’re imploding,” he said. “They’re imploding.”
“They became obstructionists because they have no message of their own.”
Taking a page from his father’s playbook, Eric Trump also criticized the Democrats’ 2016 presidential election loss.
“They lost the election that they should have won because they spent seven times the amount of money that my father spent.”
Though he did not name Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, Trump also laid into the DNC’s leadership, telling Sean Hannity that the Democrats are being led by a “total whack job.”
“You see the head of the DNC, who is a total whack job. There’s no leadership there.”
According to Newsweek, Trump’s vitriol might have been fueled by recent reports that Donald Trump allegedly made money from his son’s cancer charity golf events. On Tuesday, Forbes broke the news that the Trump Organization purportedly demanded payment from the Eric Trump Foundation for a charity event that was held at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York for a decade. The Eric Trump Foundation golf invitational, which benefited the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, was held every year from 2007 to 2016.
This was in stark contrast to Eric Trump’s claim that his foundation was able to use his family’s assets for free. Forbes notes that Trump told the report’s author that because his father owns the golf course, nearly all the funds contributed went to helping children with cancer.
“We get to use our assets 100 percent free of charge.”
On the contrary, the report claimed that the Trump Organization received payments for the use of the golf course — “part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization.” According to golf charity experts consulted for the article, the listed expenses for the annual golf invitational “defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament.”
In addition, the report found that the Donald J. Trump Foundation might have used the Eric Trump Foundation to turn $100,000 of charity money into income for the Trump Organization.
On top of the backlash over Trump’s alleged profits from his son’s cancer charity events, Eric Trump has also been at the center of another controversy: that his new chain of hotels will exploit his father’s position for profit.
On Tuesday, the Washington Post published a report saying that Eric and Donald Jr. could be attempting to profit from Donald Sr.’s presidency by launching a new mid-market hotel chain. The chain, which will be called American Idea, is reportedly inspired by stories the Trump brothers heard in small towns during the presidential election campaign.
Kathleen Clark, an expert on government ethics and a law professor at Washington University, told the Washington Post that she’s not surprised that the Trumps are seeking “opportunities to commercially exploit [Donald Trump’s] political success.”
“They’re cashing in on the red states.”
Eric Danziger, CEO of Trump Hotels, called the suggestion “pure, unadulterated nonsense.”
“I’m sure you’ve heard of American Express. I’m sure you’ve heard of American Airlines. We didn’t invent the word ‘American.'”
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