Most of the time when we accuse Not-President Donald Trump or his family of something, they generally try to deny it and turn it around.
Eric Trump, however, fully owns it, at least when it comes to nepotism.
Nepotism is defined as “the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.” Obviously, the White House has become a pot of nepotism boiling on high. However, you’d expect anyone to deny it, especially since Trump has surrounded himself with family, including his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Forbes said as much and more in an interview with Eric Trump. Back in February, Eric spoke with Forbes about the fact Trump’s family has become so involved in the White House’s inner workings.
‘Nepotism is kind of a factor of life. We might be here because of nepotism, but we’re not still here because of nepotism. You know, if we didn’t do a good job, if we weren’t competent, believe me, we wouldn’t be in this spot.’
In the Forbes article they included a statement from Professor Ronald Riggio, of Claremont McKenna College, who is an expert on nepotism. Needless to say, he had a negative outlook on the apparent practice of nepotism in the White House. He stated:
‘That’s kind of a sin or whatever in a publicly traded company, and it’s maybe more forgivable in a privately held firm. But the government is a huge public entity. Everybody has a stake in it. And so to hire people who really have no experience, that’s just bad practice.’
Exactly! The key word there is experience. Do Donald Jr. and Eric have experience in running businesses? Yes. Therefore, it at least makes some sense for them to take over Trump’s business dealings. However, do Kushner and Ivanka have experience in government dealings, foreign policy, domestic policy, etc.?
Let’s see. Kushner was a real estate investor and CEO of Kushner Companies. He also owned the New York Observer. That doesn’t sound like very much experience in anything important such as foreign policy, domestic policy, etc.
Ivanka assists her father in the White House but in the past had created a jewelry line, fashion lines, and modeled. She also worked within her father’s business. Obviously, there’s no experience there that can explain why she should need access to classified material and an office in the White House.
Now, with that said, Eric could have walked his comments back. They are controversial to say the least. They basically openly admit that nepotism is oozing throughout the White House. So, what did he do?
He doubled down on his comments. In a statement to The Telegraph, he stated:
‘You trust the people who are closest to you. Who is he going to trust most to run a company? He is going to trust somebody who he trusts implicitly.
‘He knows I care about the family. He knows I care about the brand. He knows I deeply care about the properties, our amazing teams. And he knows I’m going to do everything I can humanly possible to take care of that.
‘Is that nepotism? Absolutely. Is that also a beautiful thing? Absolutely. Family business is a beautiful thing.’
Great. That’s in regards to the family business. However, he even brought up the fact that Ivanka is in the White House with her father too.
‘The same applies for Ivanka. Ivanka is by his side in Washington.’
The Telegraph reported that Eric believes his family would have a stronger ability of telling the president something he may not want to hear.
‘I think it gives you a sounding board who is a little bit more unconventional than the 37 people that might happen to be standing round a table at that one time who just want to appease.’
Regardless of the beauty of a family working together, this is a case of the blind leading the blind. What Trump needs more than anything are experts (progressive experts preferably). He even said he would surround himself with experts during the campaign. However, he’s simply surrounding himself with friends and family. Another campaign promise broken.
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