Eric Trump is at it again, bless his heart. On Friday night, he uncovered an email involving Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, where the journalist politely forwarded his professional contact information to a Trump Organization employee. Fahrenthold, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Trump Organization schemes, was not out of line in the least. But, Eric Trump decided he had the smoking gun with this email and made an empty accusation via Twitter.
While Eric appears to be confused about the inner workings of proper journalism, he is most definitely confused about how to successfully work the media. Unlike his father, who has an undeniable instinct for manipulating things to his advantage, Eric ended up broadcasting this information to the very people Trump would want it kept from. Great job, Eric. You’ve now got your side thinking about how to contact a respected journalist that they can trust should they ever decide to narc on your father.
Who knew reading such a polite email could so thoroughly scandalize someone? I’m convinced Eric was bored and doing a search, and though he was on google and typed in “what does Fahrenheit mean” and this came up. He must have felt such excitement thinking he had done something wonderful to help his father. Considering all of the hum-drum scandals his family is engaged in, an email this salacious must have shook him to his core.
“He is willing to fight, and I’ve said this time and time again, but America didn’t have a fighter for administrations — by the way, both on the Republican and Democratic side. We haven’t had somebody in there fighting. My father is in there, and he’s fighting every single day. And he has to fight against the media. He has to fight against these lunatics. And guys, I’m telling you, 95% of this country is behind him in this message. I mean, people love this nation.” — Eric Trump to Fox News when his father’s approval rating was 44.4%
A combination of ignorance and poor intellectual ability is lethal, but when it’s combined with being raised in an environment like the one Eric knows, it’s kind of sad. When your own father pretends to be his own publicist to bamboozle reporters and makes up facts to fuel his narcissistic appetite, you would see fraud around every corner. When your pops cheats at every turn and then pays people to cover it up, you could possibly think a respectful email was an underhanded attempt to gain an advantage. Unfortunately, this latest mistake by Eric was so void of substance but so representative of his usual lack of understanding on any topic that my own attempts to defend him are unpersuasive.
None of this is new — in November of 2017, Eric Trump tried to come to his father’s defense via tweet over the backlash from the president’s re-ignited attacks on Elizabeth Warren and the derogatory use of the term “Pocahontas.”
But in addition to incorrectly stating that the reporter “inferred” something that he was actually “implying,” Eric breezed right past the racist implications of his father’s statement to incorrectly surmise irony. Eric Trump should have explored the dynamic of empty accusations made against the press by his own father to deflect impropriety. Add the attempt to condemn a reporter for the historical inaccuracies of Disney while defending an administration who tried to sell the Bowling Green massacre and you’ve got yourself some real irony.
Eric Trump tries so hard. He often appears on Fox News as an expert in a myriad of categories that he has no actual knowledge about as he tries to defend members of his family.
Just a few months ago, Eric went on Fox News to peddle the idea that 95% of Americans agreed with Donald Trump and support his “message.”
From trying to sell made-up statistics and false comparisons (he once said that his sister Ivanka "has done more for women than probably anybody in Washington DC") to attempting to be an expert on things he knows nothing about, Eric Trump has proven he lacks serious judgment on his own limitations. He is desperate to imitate his father, but he possesses none of the same talents for manipulating the public and conning the media into believing success and covering up failure. It’s almost tragically comical to watch Eric try to emulate any of his father’s skills.
I mean, there’s a reason SNL does these skits.
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Amee Vanderpool writes the “Shero” Newsletter and is an attorney, contributor to Playboy Magazine, analyst for BBC radio and Director of The Inanna Project. She can be reached at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @girlsreallyrule.