Maybe you’ve noticed that whenever you ask a member of the Trump family about their business, finances, or taxes, they tend to immediately get defensive and try to change the subject. Why? Probably because they know there’s lots of skeletons in the closet and they don’t want any of their business dealings to see the light of day.
Such was the case with Eric Trump, the president’s son and executive vice president of the Trump Organization when he appeared on ABC’s “This Week” for an interview with host Jonathan Karl, who asked him about a New York Times article alleging that hundreds of people and entities patronized Trump properties before they later scored massive federal contracts and other favors from the administration:
“Lots of specifics in this story. You guys didn’t respond to The New York Times. Here’s your chance. What’s your response?”
Did Eric deny the allegations in the Times report? Nope. Instead, he got angry and began shouting as he claimed his family had lost huge sums of money since his father was elected:
“My response is, we’ve lost a fortune. My father’s lost a fortune running for president. He doesn’t care. He doesn’t care. He wanted to do what was right. The last thing, I can tell you, Donald Trump needs in the world is this job. He wakes up in the morning and he has to fight you and he has to fight the media and he fights the Democrats and he gets punched in the head.”
Testy, testy, Eric. If things are so bad for you and your father, why doesn’t he resign and hand things over to Mike Pence? Then he could go back to whatever “business” he’s in these days.
NEW: “My father has lost a fortune,” Eric Trump tells @jonkarl when pressed on a NYT report that Pres. Trump turned “his own hotels and resorts into the Beltway’s new back rooms, where public and private business mix and special interests reign.” https://t.co/fsCP2um0H5 pic.twitter.com/MtZLiszs2K
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 11, 2020
Karl countered by again trying to get Eric to address the story which appeared in the Times:
“But will you address what The New York Times revealed in their investigation?All these companies and individuals who have spent money ― lots of money ― at Trump properties that have gone on to get big government contracts and other favors from the Trump administration. How is that not, at the very least, a huge appearance of a conflict of interest?”
Eric remained unwilling to discuss the specifics of the report, whining:
“We’re a hospitality company. We have tens of millions of people staying at our properties every single year. The New York Times is absolute fake news. All they wanna do is take down my father.”
Translation: Eric has no valid defense of what his dad has done because there’s no defense for outright criminal behavior and selling favors to the highest bidder while serving as head of state. Just like everyone in his family, he screams “fake news!” when he doesn’t like the dirt a reporter digs up and shares with the public.
Remember when Donald Trump said he was going to “drain the swamp?” All he did was redirect it so the greed and criminal acts could avoid the middleman and run directly through the Oval Office.