Donald Trump Jr. wrote in his new book that his father’s rise to the presidency cost the Trump family “millions and millions of dollars annually,” describing the loss as a “big sacrifice.”
But the president’s son didn’t stop there. He told his readers that this “sacrifice” was on his mind as he drove past the Arlington National Cemetery just before Donald Trump’s inauguration — and he compared his family’s financial losses to the lives lost by soldiers buried there.
"I rarely get emotional, if ever," Trump Jr. wrote. "I guess you'd call me hyper-rational, stoic. 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.”
"In that moment, I also thought of all the attacks we'd already suffered as a family,” he continued, “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.'"
Newsweek noted that the younger Trump later added, "Frankly, it was a big sacrifice, costing us millions and 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."
His words understandably sparked ire among many veterans, including Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), an Iraq War veteran.
"Eight men I served with are buried in Section 60 of Arlington," Gallego tweeted. "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."
"Imagine going to Arlington…and being moved to think about money," wrote former U.S. Army captain and Iraq War veteran Matt Gallagher. "You are a soup sandwich, Donald Trump Jr., and my friends buried there would tell you the same thing."