Donald Trump Jr. is slammed over soldier sacrifice comparison
Donald Trump Jr. has faced fierce backlash from veterans after he compared the sacrifices of U.S. troops killed in combat to the experiences his family faced when his father was elected president.
President Trump’s eldest son was slammed on Twitter after it was revealed he made the comparison between his family and slain soldiers in his new book titled ‘Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us’.
In one part of his book, Don Jr. described visiting Arlington National Cemetery the day before Trump’s inauguration in 2017.
‘I rarely get emotional, if ever. I guess you’d call me hyper-rational, stoic. Yet, as we drove past the rows of white grave markers, in the gravity of the moment, I had a deep sense of the importance of the presidency and a love of our country,’ he wrote.
Donald Trump Jr., pictured on Thursday during his explosive appearance on The View, was slammed on Twitter after it was revealed he made the comparison between his family and slain soldiers in his new book
‘In that moment, I also thought of all the attacks we’d already suffered as a family, and about all the sacrifices we’d have to make to help my father succeed – voluntarily giving up a huge chunk of our business and all international deals to avoid the appearance that we were ‘profiting off of the office.’
He added later: ‘Frankly, it was a big sacrifice, costing us millions and millions of dollars annually. Of course, we didn’t get any credit whatsoever from the mainstream media, which now does not surprise me at all.’
Democrat Congressman Ruben Gallego, an Iraq war veteran, slammed Don Jr.’s comparison saying that sacrifice was just a word to the Trump family.
‘Eight men I served with are buried in Section 60 of Arlington. I visit them monthly,’ Gallego tweeted.
‘Even if Donald Jr. lived a 1,000 years, he will never even get close to being as good and honorable as they were. Sacrifice is only a word to the Trumps.’
A former U.S. Army captain and Iraq war vet, Matt Gallagher, also chimed in, tweeting: ‘Imagine going to Arlington… and being moved to think about money. You are a soup sandwich, @DonaldJTrumpJr, and my friends buried there would tell you the same thing.’
Congressman Ruben Gallego, an Iraq war veteran, was among those to slam Don Jr.’s comparison saying that sacrifice was just a word to the Trump family
The Vote Vets group also tweeted, saying: ‘Lots of things we can say. But it is all captured by one word: Gross. You know nothing of sacrifice, @DonaldJTrumpJr. Nothing.’
Others also criticized Don Jr. over the comments, including Robert Maguire, the research director for the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
‘This Veterans Day, be sure to thank the real heroes: Third-generation multi-millionaires who work at Dad’s company and come from wealth built on decades of fraud and tax evasion,’ he tweeted.
‘These brave men sacrifice every day – braving private jet flights and mean tweets -for your freedom.’
The backlash over this specific section of Don Jr.’s new book, which was published just days before Veteran’s Day, came soon after his explosive appearance on ABC’s The View on Thursday.
Don Jr., accompanied by his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, immediately became embroiled in a number of heated exchanges with The View’s panel after he accused Joy Behar of wearing blackface and was questioned about Trump’s impeachment investigation.
The infamous leaked Access Hollywood tape in which Trump was heard bragging about grabbing women ‘by the p****’ was also brought up.
After his appearance on the show, Don Jr. tweeted: ‘I don’t think I’ve enjoyed an interview this much in my life. Guess you could say that I just #Triggered The View!!!’