“Odd how Trump is suddenly throwing his son under the bus a bit isn’t it?” ~ Seth Abramson
The White House appears to be in tatters in the wake of the release of excerpts from Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear, Trump in the White House,” and the publication of an anonymous opinion piece by The New York Times detailing resistance efforts within the Trump administration.
Reportedly, Trump has been livid – and, in true Trumpian fashion, has been doing his best to distract and divert – starting with a bizarre recitation of his administration’s accomplishments during an East Wing appearance with a group of the nation’s sheriffs.
The Hill reported that, among other distractions, Trump tried to downplay his endorsement of a losing gubernatorial candidate in Wyoming by tossing his son, Donald Jr., under the bus.
According to The Hill, Trump was bragging about his primary endorsement success during an interview with the conservative website, The Daily Caller, explaining that his only defeat was in Wyoming when he endorsed Republican candidate Foster Friess the last day of the state’s primary.
“I was asked to do that, by my son Don, and I did it, but I did it — I was asked the morning of — and by the time I did it I guess 70 percent, almost 70 percent of the vote was already cast,” Trump told The Daily Caller.
“So, I don’t consider that to be, maybe I’ll take a quarter of a loss on that one,” he continued, adding: “But I think it’s 48 and a quarter, it’s 48-1 which is pretty good, right? Pretty good.”
This isn’t the first time that Trump has been at odds with one of his children. People Magazine reported in mid-August of this year that comedian Tom Arnold claimed he had seen a tape of Trump calling son Eric “the r-word.”
During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday night, Arnold claimed that he’s seen a compilation tape of outtakes from Trump’s reality show The Apprentice in which the now-president uses the N-word and calls his son Eric a “retard.”
Arnold told Rolling Stone the same thing in a recent interview, also claiming that Trump used the C-word on the tape.
And there is also that pesky matter of Don Jr’s White House nickname.
Last year, the White House was in the middle of another storm, this one regarding Donald Jr’s emails concerning the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting.
The Daily Beast reported at the time that “Trump aides [were] freaking out about Don Jr.’s Russia email,” adding that:
The series of revelations surrounding Trump Jr.’s communications with Russian officials have damaged his standing within the president’s political inner circle. As The Daily Beast reported on Sunday, opinion of Trump’s eldest son among some of Trump’s senior aides, both past and present, is vanishingly low. Since the campaign, a popular, behind-his-back nickname for Trump Jr. among these advisers has been “Fredo,” referring to Fredo Corleone, the insecure and weak failure of a son in The Godfather series who ends up causing major damage to the family.
Continuing, The Daily Beast added that:
Over the past week, one senior White House official and a former top Trump campaign aide both independently and bluntly described the president’s son as an “idiot” — one who played a role in the campaign and Trump’s political rise simply because he “shares the same DNA,” the official noted.