As Donald Trump Jr. traveled to Arlington National Cemetery the day before his father’s inauguration, the graves of those who courageously and selflessly sacrificed their lives for their country reminded him of the great “sacrifice” his family was about to make as well: millions and millions of dollars.
Trump Jr. recounted the scenario in his new book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.”
“I rarely get emotional, if ever,” Trump Jr. wrote, according to The Washington Post. “Yet, as we drove past the rows of white grave markers, in the gravity of the moment, I had a deep sense of the importance of the presidency and a love of our country.”
Steeped in patriotism, the president’s son had another revelation 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 the office.’”
Trump Jr. wrote that his father’s rise to the Oval Office “was a big sacrifice, costing us millions and millions of dollars annually,” adding that “it was a sacrifice we were more than happy and willing to make” and claiming that his family was given no credit for this selfless act.
Both he and his brother, Eric Trump — who run the Trump Organization while their father is in office — have claimed that they “got out of all international business” after President Donald Trump entered the White House. But The Post pointed out that this is demonstrably untrue.
“While comparing himself to soldiers who died fighting for their country, Don Jr. lies saying that they would be ‘giving up … all international deals to avoid the appearance that we were ‘profiting off of the office.’ They’ve done no such thing,” tweeted Robert Maguire, research director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
“It’s barely been a week since the company that Don Jr runs, and his father still profits from, made this announcement,” Maguire added, tossing in a link to the Trump Organization’s announcement that it is expanding its Doonbeg, Ireland, golf course. “Last I checked, Doonbeg is not in the United States.”
The notion that his family’s financial sacrifice — real or imagined — is somehow on par with that of the soldiers buried in Arlington did not sit well with veterans and others, who charged Trump Jr. with out-of-touch callousness.
“Eight men I served with are buried in Section 60 of Arlington. I visit them monthly,” tweeted Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), who served during the Iraq War. “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.”
Matt Gallagher, a writer and Iraq War veteran as well, also criticized Trump Jr. on Twitter, writing, “Imagine going to Arlington … and being moved to think about money. You are a soup sandwich, @DonaldJTrumpJr, and my friends buried there would tell you the same thing.”
The Post also noted that Trump Jr.’s “book bills itself as a 300-page evisceration of PC culture” — “A victimhood complex has taken root in the American left,” he wrote — but the president’s eldest son goes to great lengths to paint his father and other members of the Trump family as the true victims in America today.