Donald Trump Jr., the son of President Donald Trump, has a new book out, whose title gives you little doubt about his feelings regarding a large segment of this country’s populace.
The book is titled, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.” Trump Jr. has been making several appearances on television promoting his book, including having a spirited discussion on “The View” earlier this week.
One excerpt from the book, however, has caused many veterans to become upset with Trump Jr. In it, the president’s son recalls an occasion where he was being driven past Arlington Cemetery the day after his father was inaugurated in 2017.
Trump Jr., who wrote that he “rarely” gets emotional, wrote that in that ride, he thought of the sacrifices that had been made by those who served this country.
It also caused him to reflect on his family’s own circumstances.
“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,” Trump Jr. wrote in his book.
The president’s son called putting their businesses aside “a big sacrifice, costing us 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,” he further complained.
There’s no evidence to support Trump Jr.’s claim that they lost money by his father becoming president, largely because Trump Sr. refuses to share information about his tax returns. But there’s substantial evidence that the Trump family is profiting off of the presidency in an unethical (if not that, possibly unconstitutional) manner, with foreign leaders buying up hotel rooms in order to curry favor from the commander-in-chief.
Trump Jr.’s excerpt greatly upset many veterans, due to his comparison of his family’s “sacrifice” to those who died on the battlefield. Rep. Ruben Gallego, a Democrat from Arizona and an Iraq War veteran, voiced his distaste for Trump Jr.’s words in a tweet on Thursday.
Eight men I served with are buried in Section 60 of Arlington. I visit them monthly. 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. https://t.co/47eIc9SBPg
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) November 7, 2019
“Eight men I served with are buried in Section 60 of Arlington,” Gallego pointed out. “I visit them monthly. Even if Donald JR. lived 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.”
Others pointed out that the sacrifice wasn’t that difficult for Trump Jr. and his family to endure.
Trump Jr: "Frankly, it was a big sacrifice, costing us millions and millions of dollars annually…”
The Trump Organization earned over $100 million in income from foreign properties in 2017 and 2018. The elder Trump made at least $434 million in 2018. https://t.co/hBdhamMxoy
— Julia Davis (@JuliaDavisNews) November 8, 2019
Lots of things we can say. But it is all captured by one word:
— VoteVets (@votevets) November 7, 2019
How can a person standing before rows of white crosses at Arlington Cemetery think of his own family sacrificing money and come to the conclusion his family's sacrifice was worse? @DonaldJTrumpJr https://t.co/v2DMA9IHKN
— Mark Stern (@mfstern) November 8, 2019
My friend Morganne Mcbeth wanted to visit Salem, Massachusetts when her deployment ended. Instead she died on July 2nd, 2009. Your sacrifice means nothing, @DonaldJTrumpJr. You get to go home at night. She doesn't. Have some goddamn respect, you clown.https://t.co/s1x61t0YCZ
— Sarge The Destroyer 🎈 (@BastardProphet) November 8, 2019