In his forthcoming book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us, Donald Trump Jr. reportedly addressed accusations that his father — U.S. President Donald Trump — is racist, The Washington Times reports.
According to Trump Jr., Michael Jackson lived in Trump Tower and used to play video games with him and his younger brother, Eric.
“Oh, and by the way, given all the things my father has been called, particularly a ‘racist,’ it sure sounds odd that he’d let his son vacation with a black man or hang out with Michael Jackson, doesn’t it? If he’s a racist, he’s sure not very good at it.”
It’s not the first time the Trump family’s relationship with Jackson has been spotlighted. In a book written by Ivana Trump — the president’s first wife and mother of Trump Jr., Eric, and Ivanka — the 70-year-old spoke of Jackson’s presence in the family’s life.
“The only person who had an open invitation to come to the triplex for playdates whenever he wanted was Michael Jackson. The King of Pop lived in Trump Tower and was a good friend of the whole family,” Ivana wrote in Raising Trump, adding that Jackson would often speak to her and Donald briefly before heading to the kids’ floor, where Jackson would stay for “hours and hours.”
According to Ivana, Jackson would often watch MTV and play video games — including Super Mario Bros. and Tetris — with the children.
Uh… hate to break it to you, Donald Trump Jr., but your book cover makes it look like you're the one who's triggered. pic.twitter.com/B6zFtbv59Z
— Jenna Amatulli (@ohheyjenna) July 22, 2019
Per Yahoo News, Trump Jr. uses his book to address various other stories from his childhood, including dropping fake spiders into the cocktails of family friends. He also addresses Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and suggests that his lawyers and father asked him to curb his tweetstorms during the process.
Speaking on the Mueller testimony, Trump Jr. claims he “almost felt bad” for the American lawyer, who reportedly appeared reluctant to say outright that the president’s behavior in his report was impeachable. The 41-year-old businessman also blasted the mainstream media for purportedly manipulating the news cycle and providing misleading information. His criticisms of the media echo his father’s frequent attacks on such outlets and their journalists, whom he calls the “enemy of the people.”
Trump Jr. also writes of his belief that his father deserves a Nobel Peace Prize more than former U.S. President Barack Obama, who received the award in 2009 for his policies that purportedly had beneficial effects on international diplomacy.