Don Jr. Gets ‘Triggered’ While Discussing His New Book ‘Triggered’
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Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Giulfoyle, were heckled at a recent University of California at Los Angeles event promoting the presidential son’s new book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.”
But according to The Washington Post, it was Trump Jr. who was “triggered” at UCLA — and it was not the left behind the heckling. Rather, “the rebukes came from a crowd of young people who rank among the most ardent and extreme supporters of President Trump,” The Post reported.
The individuals who caused the scene were sporting pro-Trump gear, including MAGA hats, and appeared to be upset that a planned Q&A session had been canceled. They began shouting “U-S-A! U-S-A!” but the chant quickly devolved into angry shouts of “Q-and-A!” The Post said.
The event was hosted by Turning Point USA and moderated by the group’s founder, Charlie Kirk.
“The chaotic scene contradicted Trump Jr.'s central thesis that liberals have grown so intolerant of dissenting voices, conservative politicians can no longer engage in civil discourse,” the newspaper noted.
Trump Jr. reportedly first thought the shouting emanated from liberal protestors, saying, “Name a time when conservatives have disrupted even the furthest leftist on a college campus. It doesn’t happen that way. We’re willing to listen.”
“Then open the Q&A!” someone shouted, prompting the president’s son to indicated his point had been made.
“See what I mean?” Trump Jr. said. “And that is the problem. And the reason oftentimes it doesn’t make sense to do the Q&A is not because we’re not willing to talk about the questions, cause we do. No. It’s because people hijack it with nonsense looking to go for some sort of sound bite. You have people spreading nonsense, spreading hate, trying to take over the room.”
The shouting only escalated from there, leading Guilfoyle to lose her cool: “No, it’s because you’re not making your parents proud by being rude and disruptive and discourteous. We are happy to answer a question. Respect the people around you so that they can hear.”
At another point, the former Fox News host said, “Let me tell you something, I bet you engage and go on online dating because you’re impressing no one here to get a date in person.”
Eventually, the pair left the stage.
Nicholas Fuentes, the 21-year-old founder of the “America First” movement that supports Trump but stands at odds with mainstream conservative groups like Turning Point USA, claimed credit for the protest, sharing dozens of tweets celebrating the event’s shutdown.
“Our problem is not with [Trump Jr.] who is a patriot — We are supporters of his father!” he wrote in one tweet. “Our problem is with Charlie Kirk’s TPUSA organization that SHUTS DOWN and SMEARS socially conservative Christians and supporters of President Trump’s agenda. We are AMERICA FIRST!”
In a YouTube video last week, Fuentes said Trump voters are being discriminated against at events like the one at UCLA with Trump Jr.
“They’re literally campaigning for Trump and they have to discriminate against his voters,” he said. “We’re going to make it known that that’s exactly what it is: a controlled conversation. People do not go to a ‘free speech’ thing and get dragged to the back of the line, kicked out, because they don’t fit the profile of what a questioner is supposed to look like.”
As for the liberal protestors the president’s son expected to disrupt his talk, only one person gave him what he was hoping for: “One Trump critic occasionally shouted and booed from the audience inside Moore Hall, leading Kirk, Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle to call her ‘triggered.’ Less than a half-hour later, she was drowned out by the far-right agitators.”