Eric Trump, who is the President’s middle son, apparently doesn’t understand irony, at least according to a recent Fox News interview he did with Laura Ingraham.
“The lack of civility, I talk about it all the time. It’s unbelievable,” Eric Trump told Ingraham on Thursday night. “I saw that earlier today and, listen, that helps. Honestly, those people are so radical, no one can relate to them.”
“When does this end? Americans don’t want to see this stuff. That’s not who we are as a society,” said the son of a man who won the 2016 presidential election after audio of him bragging about sexually assaulting women emerged. “That is a rogue faction. But the left has gone so far left, they’ve become so radicalized, that they think this is acceptable behavior.”
The Eric Trump interview aired the same night as President Trump’s rally in Missoula, Montana, in which he spoke favorably of Rep. Gren Gianforte (R-Montana) body-slamming Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs in 2017.
“I heard that he body-slammed a reporter,” Trump said to a cheering crowd. “And he was way up, and this was like, the day of the election, or just before, and I said, oh, this is terrible, he’s gonna lose the election. And then I said, well, wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well. I think it might help him. And it did.”
President Trump praising Rep. Greg Gianforte for body slamming a reporter, a crime for which Gianforte pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault. pic.twitter.com/DS1z3YBE0C
— Axios (@axios) October 19, 2018
Eric Trump was mysteriously silent about the GOP’s lack of civility during the eight years of the Obama presidency, when Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) said his chief legislative goal — in the midst of a recession and ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — was to deny President Barack Obama a second term. This ranged from blocking votes on a jobs bill, a bill that would have provided veterans with additional healthcare benefits, and even outright denying a confirmation hearing to Obama’s third Supreme Court appointment.
Eric Trump also made his remarks about civility on the same network that, for years, featured a show in which Glenn Beck scrawled conspiracy theories about President Obama on a chalkboard. When Obama was running for president in 2008, Fox News anchor E.D. Hill called his fist-bump with Michelle Obama a “terrorist fist jab.” The network also gave Donald Trump a platform to repeatedly accuse Obama of not being a U.S. citizen.
President Trump’s remarks praising Rep. Gianforte for assaulting a reporter came in the midst of an ongoing investigation into the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, whom Turkish police say was tortured and killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.