Donald Trump Jr. has seen the polls showing his father far behind Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — especially in key battleground states such as Florida, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennyslvania — and he’s getting more worried by the day. Why? Because he knows that if daddy loses, he and the rest of his family won’t be able to receive pardons for the many crimes they’re suspected of committing.
In a fascinating profile of Don Jr. written by Jason Zengerle for The New York Times Magazine, the president’s son is portrayed as little more than a cheerleader for his father who is trying desperately to make sure Biden doesn’t win mainly because he’s afraid of the prosecutions that will ensue the minute his old man leaves the White House:
“Don’s the only person who thinks they’re going to lose,” says a prominent conservative activist who is in regular contact with him and other key members of Trump’s political operation. “He’s like, ‘We’re losing, dude, and we’re going to get really hurt when we lose.’” An electoral defeat in November, Trump Jr. fears, could result in federal prosecutions of Trump, his family and his political allies. He has told the conservative activist that he expects that a Biden administration will not participate in a “peaceful transition” and instead will “shoot the prisoners.”
— Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein) August 24, 2020
Shoot the prisoners? That’s more than a bit ironic coming from the same Donald Trump Jr. who is always eager to lead a crowd in “lock her up” chants whenever the name of Hillary Clinton comes up. Hillary, however, has never been impeached, never been indicted, and never had her name connected to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump certainly can’t say that about two of the three ignominious fates he’s faced since taking office.
And then there’s the matter of why exactly Don Jr. is so worried. To hear him and his father tell it, all the investigations have been little than a “witch hunt” created by their enemies to bring them low. But if they’re so damn innocent (as they maintain ad nauseam) why are they fretting about being investigated? Probably because they’re guilty as hell.
So let Don Jr. worry. That’s his guilty conscience tapping him the shoulder and reminding him, You did it and they know all about it.