WATCH: Mary Trump Lays Out Why Don Jr. is the Dumbest Trump Child
Starting with Fred’s real estate empire, the Trump family has stuck together. Donald Trump inherited his father’s entire business portfolio. And children Don Jr., Eric and Ivanka were given plum roles in the company and on The Apprentice television show.
Mary Trump, Donald’s niece has broken away from the pack. Her familial ties allow her to give inside info like few others. During a recent interview with John Aravosis and Cliff Schecter, she explained why her cousin Don Jr. is the dumbest of the Trump children.
Just in terms of the situation into which he was born, he shares that with my dad,” she began. “You know, the oldest son of a ‘powerful person’ — well, I think Donald is the weakest person on the planet but he’s been propped up so much. So, clearly, though he certainly did not deserve it, he had a lot of influence, had a lot of money, which was my grandfather’s money, so I think Donnie was born with the same expectation that my father was born with, which was, you’re the oldest son. You carry the name … and you must follow in the footsteps and surpass what your father has accomplished, and you have to do it exactly according to his preferences.”
Mary Trump continued:
“Donnie is weak in a different way. He had no intention of striking out on his own. He had no intention of doing anything but sucking up and toeing the line, and the problem is — one of the problems is — and who knows how this happens — but kind of the same problem that happened to him happened to my dad. My grandfather, for whatever reason, didn’t like my father and saw something in his sibling Donald, and the only thing that’s weird is that Donald did the same thing but with Ivanka.”