Increasingly concerned with their father’s obsession with Barack Obama, Trump’s children reportedly held a family intervention in 2012 to try to bring him back to earth.
“Trump has a thing about Barack Obama. Trump is obsessed with Obama. Obama haunts Trump’s dreams,” The New York Times began, adding that “One of Trump’s primary motivators is the absolute erasure of Obama — were it possible — not only from the political landscape but also from the history books.”
“Trump has questioned not only Obama’s birthplace but also his academic and literary pedigree. He was head cheerleader of the racial “birther” lie and also cast doubt on whether Obama attended the schools he attended or even whether he wrote his acclaimed books.”
And speaking of Obama’s birthplace, an interesting story was circulating during President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign when, true to form, Trump got a little – well okay, a lot – out of hand.
The New York Daily News reported at the time that “Donald Trump’s hatred of Barack Obama allegedly led his three eldest kids to do an Obama-vention before the election. Eric, Donald Jr. and Ivanka discussed telling their dad to calm down, then decided collectively to approach Trump (below) and ask him to turn it down a notch with the presidential bashing.”
An inside source who supposedly knew about the mid-October 2012 family intervention told The Daily News that:
The three of them met and went to see their dad in his Fifth Ave. office. They showed a lot of respect, but told him he’s worked too long and too hard to build up the reputation he has. They understand completely he’s always been outspoken and that he likes attention, but this is too much.
Trump’s representatives denied the allegations as did two of his children, as reported by The Hollywood Wire:
“I totally respect @realDonaldTrump’s opinions & right to articulate his views, which is what I would have told @nydailynews if they’d call me to fact check their false story,” daughter Ivanka tweeted.
Eric hasn’t publicly commented on the article, but Don Jr. also took to Twitter and bashed the reporting as false: “This article is nonsense, never happened, but what’s news anymore if u can’t make it up?”
However, the story was taken seriously enough that mainstream media outlets, such as MSNBC, picked up the story. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post weighed in on the intervention in the clip below from PoliticsNation.