Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump have been in a virtual knife fight over who would sucede their father. Ivanka plays to her father by hanging out with him in North Korea, replacing him in summits, and looking lovely. Jr.’s playbook has held something quite different.
The president’s eldest son has tried to become a little Donald Trump and not in name only. The younger man heads out with his father to rallies and has been the president’s warmup act. Junior even wears his hair the same way.
His book entitled Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us will be out next week, according to The New York Times. He dedicated it to the “DEPLORABLES,” which was a reference to Secretary Hillary Clinton’s comment about a “basket of deplorables.” The regrettable phrase described Donald Trump’s supporters in the 2016 presidential election. Trump’s son said:
‘I dedicate this book to the DEPLORABLES. While the elite of the other party look down on you and would rather you stay silent, I salute your work ethic, patriotism, and values. America wouldn’t be great without your blood, sweat, and tears. I will always stand with you! I am proudly one of you.’
The president’s son also made fun of former special counsel Robert Muller III’s testimony before the House Intelligence and Judicial Committees:
‘If it weren’t for the fact that I was probably number two on the guy’s kill list for years, I might have.’
Just like Dad, he raked Mueller over the coals:
‘[Democrats pulled’ him in front of Congress so he could stutter and babble his way through five hours of testimony.’
The Mueller investigation focused on Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting at Trump Tower with a Moscow-based attorney who said he had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. House and Senate Democrats and some Republican senators called Junior in to testify for hours.
Don Jr. also went after the social media, saying there was not a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian officials:
‘Even my lawyers approached me and said, “Don, you might want to slow down on social media, maybe not be so aggressive.” I politely declined. Shortly after that, my father — yes, my father, Donald J. Trump, our tweeter-in-chief, the so-called Shakespeare of 140 characters — told me that I might be getting ‘a little too hot’ on my social media accounts.’
The president’s eldest son said that he respected “the heck out of my dad:”
‘I respect the heck out of my dad, and when he gives me advice I take it ninety-nine point nine percent of the time. This, however, was probably the one time I decided not to listen! The reality is, my life took a pretty big turn about three years ago.’
Junior also claimed how he might have faced the Mueller investigation if he had a different personality:
‘If I were most people, this chapter might be a little different. Maybe it would open on the afternoon the Mueller Report came out. There’d be some vivid writing about how relieved I felt, how I could breathe easily for the first time in years.’
Donald Trump Jr. continued:
‘Or maybe there’d be scenes from right in the middle of the whole ordeal, and I’d tell you about how I’d curled up in a corner every night with a teddy bear praying that I wasn’t going to go to prison over this made-up nonsense. I might include some tear-filled speeches from my friends and family about how they were going to stick with me till the end, how they brought me strength in troubled times.’
The president’s son also reminisced about his childhood, where his father took him to building sites. He also mentioned his mother’s parents and said that helped him speak “the language of the political right:”
‘I’m an unlikely conservative.’
The president’s eldest son also talked about former vice president Joe Biden, his father’s top opponent in the 2020 elections. The book went to press prior to information about Hunter Biden sitting on the board of a Ukrainian utility company emerged.
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