Before we can fully process a controversial comment made by President Donald Trump, he provides five more to leave us shocked. It’s a trait that he has seemingly passed down to some of his children — namely his eldest three.
Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, and Eric Trump have inevitably ended up in the spotlight under their father’s presidency. Whether they intended to spark controversy or not, they’ve received backlash for comments made in tweets, Instagram posts, books, interviews … the list goes on. Here are 15 of the most controversial things ever said by the Trump children, ranked from shocking to just plain inexcusable.
15. Eric judging mean tweeters
Eric’s judgment of people being mean on Twitter is nothing short of comical. He complained to The Independent, “No matter what side it is with, you are always going to get backlash. You are going to have a few people who have nothing better to do than to sit behind a computer and send a mean tweet. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the nature of the game.”
While Eric isn’t wrong, he’s also describing the behavior of his own father, the ultimate Twitter bully. According to The New York Times, “If [President Trump] keeps to his current rate, he will have insulted more than 650 people, places, and things [on Twitter] by the end of his first term.”
Next: Emma Watson definitely didn’t create this quote.
14. Ivanka gave the wrong credit for a quote
Ivanka thought she was imparting wisdom on her Instagram followers, but all she did was prove she didn’t do her research. Quoting actress and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, the photo she posted read, “If not me, who? If not now, when?”
Sure, the words are inspirational, but they didn’t come from Watson. They’re actually paraphrased from the three questions of Rabbi Hillel the Elder, a passage from Judaism. Ironically, Ivanka converted to Orthodox Judaism upon wedding Jared Kushner, as noted by Splinter News.
Of course, Twitter users didn’t hold back in judging Ivanka for her misattributed quote. One user mocked her, tweeting, “‘The difficulty with quotes on social media is that it can be hard to verify their authenticity.’ — Abraham Lincoln.”
Next: He has conflicting views on nepotism.
13. Eric’s opinions on nepotism
Eric just can’t seem to decide how he feels about using his family ties to his advantage. He told Forbes that “nepotism is a factor of life,” and claimed, “We might be here because of nepotism, but we’re not still here because of nepotism.”
Then, when asked why he was chosen to look after his father’s business once he assumed the presidency, he explained that he was simply the best person for the job — but as the result of nepotism:
He knows I care about the brand. He knows I deeply care about the properties, our amazing teams. And he knows I’m going to do everything I can humanly possible to take care of that. Is that nepotism? Absolutely. Is that also a beautiful thing? Absolutely. Family business is a beautiful thing. The same applies for Ivanka. Ivanka is by his side in Washington.
Next: He failed to provoke Jimmy Kimmel.
12. Trump Jr.’s attempt at provoking Jimmy Kimmel
You mean that big story from the failing, liberal, one-sided @nytimes? I think it is disgusting.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) October 7, 2017
Jimmy Kimmel has been a target for Republicans, considering Jimmy Kimmel Live! has become one of many late-night TV platforms to call out President Trump. In typical Trump fashion, the president tweeted, “Late Night [hosts] are dealing with the Democrats for their very ‘unfunny’ & repetitive material, always anti-Trump! Should we get Equal Time?”
Kimmel responded with an enticing offer: “Excellent point Mr. President! You should quit that boring job — I’ll let you have my show ALL to yourself.”
Cue Trump Jr.’s decision to chime in, asking Kimmel, “Thoughts on Harvey Weinstein? #askingforafriend.” Kimmel shot back with, “You mean that big story from the failing, liberal, one-sided @nytimes? I think it is disgusting.”
We’re pretty sure Trump Jr. thought he won the argument with his next comeback: “Great I look forward to your monologues next week. You’re probably due for a change if only for a moment or two.” That is until Kimmel simply responded by sharing the infamous “Grab Her By the P****” Access Hollywood video and writing, “great – in the meantime, enjoy this!”
Next: Chrissy Teigen didn’t let this incorrect word choice go unnoticed.
11. Ivanka’s misuse of the word ‘otherwise’
Cuddling my little nephew Luke… the best part of an otherwise incredible day! pic.twitter.com/8Ci5SD1VJ8
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) September 19, 2017
No one let Ivanka live down her misuse of the word “otherwise” in a tweet. In a photo she posted with her infant nephew, Luke, she wrote, “The best part of an otherwise incredible day!”
One of those people who called out Ivanka’s error came as no surprise: Chrissy Teigen. President Trump already famously blocked the hilarious model for tweeting, “lol no one likes you,” but Teigen doesn’t hesitate to continue going after the rest of his family.
In response to Ivanka, Teigen tweeted, “’Otherwise’ implies you did not like hangin with this baby.” She corrected the president’s daughter even further: “Overall, is the word.”
Next: He used his daughter to take a dig at socialism.
10. Trump Jr.’s tweet about socialism on Halloween
I’m going to take half of Chloe’s candy tonight & give it to some kid who sat at home. It’s never to early to teach her about socialism. pic.twitter.com/3ie9C0jv2G
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 31, 2017
It wouldn’t be a holiday without a member of the Trump family posting a tweet that backfires. On Halloween 2017, Trump Jr. used his daughter, Chloe, to try to take a dig at socialism. He posted the photo above, and tweeted, “I’m going to take half of Chloe’s candy tonight & give it to some kid who sat at home. It’s never to early to teach her about socialism.”
One Twitter user pointed out, “My man, ‘socialism’ was her getting that free candy in the first place. You taking half for reasons she can’t understand is capitalism.”
It’s also worth noting that Trump Jr., on countless occasions, has slammed his Twitter haters who may have used poor grammar or spelling. His incorrect use of the word “to” in his tweet is reminiscent of this tweet from 2012, where he also improperly typed “its” while correcting a commenter: “its YOU’RE you fricken moron. Graduate first grade or learn basic grammar before mocking others. Idiot!”
Next: His misleading #BasketOfDeplorables photo backfired.
9. Eric’s #BasketOfDeplorables comeback
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 10, 2016
The Trump children certainly reflect their father in thinking people online won’t notice if they post inaccurate content. Trying to call out Hillary Clinton for referring to half of Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables,” Eric tried to prove just how many “deplorables” were attending a Trump rally.
He posted the photo above to Twitter, writing, “Look at the #BasketOfDeplorables in Pensacola Florida last night! What a horrible statement. #CrookedHillary.” Users jumped on Eric immediately, exposing that this photo is actually from a Dallas, Texas Trump rally one year earlier.
In response to those calling him out, he posted a new photo of the Pensacola rally, which proved to be much smaller than he originally let on. He captioned the tweet, “Hard to keep track these days! #WhatDifferenceDoesItMake.”
Next: He shared a photo that included Nazi propaganda.
8. Trump Jr.’s sharing of Nazi propaganda
A friend sent me this. Apparently I made the cut as one of the Deplorables All kidding aside I am honored to be grouped with the hard working men and women of this great nation that have supported @realdonaldtrump and know that he can fix the mess created by politicians in Washington. He's fighting for you and won't ever quit. Thanks for your trust! #trump2016 #maga #makeamericagreatagain #basketofdeplorables
Trump Jr. thought he might join Eric in taking a swing at Clinton’s “deplorables” comment. He posted the photo above on his Instagram, which was apparently sent to him from a friend. He wrote, “All kidding aside I am honored to be grouped with the hard working men and women of this great nation that have supported @realdonaldtrump.”
In that “hard working” group of faces photoshopped onto the poster from The Expendables, you may notice the face of Alex Jones. This isn’t the first time Trump Jr. has supported the promoter of conspiracy theories, such as the Sandy Hook shooting being fake and that the government is responsible for homosexuality.
Trump Jr.’s photo is also plastered with an image of Pepe the Frog, which has become a symbol for white nationalist propaganda. Though it is unclear who the friend is that sent the photo to Trump, it’s shockingly similar to a photo that was tweeted by David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, one day prior.
Next: He didn’t agree with Bono’s views on the American Dream.
7. Eric’s views on the American dream
U2’s Bono has been one of President Trump’s biggest critics, and he’s taken his outrage to the concert stage. In September 2016, he warned the crowd that the then-presidential candidate would run away with the American dream that was already alive and well.
Eric came to the defense of his father, providing numerous instances of “proof” that the American dream was dying, and his father would be the only one who could fix it.
One of his points was that “when you have an education system that is ranked 30th in the world — that’s the American dream running away.” We’re sorry to tell you, Eric, but we don’t see your father’s planned budget cuts of $9 billion to the Department of Education ranking the U.S. any higher.
“In all fairness, it is very easy for Bono to say that the American dream ran away as he sings from a stage for $5 [million] a night,” Eric claimed. “I mean, give me a break!” We’re not sure any member of the Trump family has the right to judge how in-touch Bono is with the American dream based on the money he makes.
Next: He just can’t let this conspiracy theory go.
6. Trump Jr. brought this conspiracy theory back to life
I assume she was very fearful of involuntary suicide??? https://t.co/sMM45gnTUE
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 5, 2017
Despite the fact that this conspiracy theory has been completely debunked, Trump Jr. used it as another shot at trying to take down the Clintons. He insinuated that Vincent Foster, a former staffer to President Bill Clinton who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in 1993, was actually a victim “involuntary suicide” at the hand of the Clintons. Even though this theory was discredited by a federal investigation, it was brought back to light during the 2016 election by now-President Trump.
Trump Jr. made the claim while quote tweeting conservative political commentator Dinesh D’Souza. The tweet posted by D’Souza is in reference to former interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile, who claimed she “feared for her life after the death of DNC staffer Seth Rich, who law enforcement has said was shot in a suspected botched robbery last year,” according to Business Insider.
D’Souza suggested the Clintons’ involvement, writing, “When Donna Brazile feared for her life for crossing the Clintons you know you are dealing with an unscrupulous gang of thugs.”
Next: He defended President Trump’s Charlottesville comments.
5. Trump Jr.’s defense of his father’s Charlottesville comments
When a white supremacist used his vehicle as a weapon to kill a peaceful protester in Charlottesville, Virginia, many condemned President Trump’s response. Not only was it delayed, but he claimed there was violence to blame “on many sides.”
One person who did not condemn the president, and actually defended his comments, was none other than his son, Trump Jr. He claimed that the criticism of his father stemmed from an “atmosphere of hatred” from liberals, blaming “university campuses and traditional media,” according to CBS News.
Next: He claims Democrats are ‘not even people.’
4. Eric doesn’t think Democrats are people
While appearing on Hannity, Eric made his feelings about Democrats very clear. Particularly, those Democrats who are urging the investigation into his father’s ties with Russia.
“I’ve never seen hatred like this, and to me, they’re not even people.” He continued, “You see the democratic party — they’re imploding.” He also called the head of the Democratic National Committee a “total whack job.”
Next: Ivanka is far from being a feminist.
3. Ivanka’s fake feminism
Ivanka insists she’s an advocate for women’s rights, but she has yet to prove what she claims to stand for. She even told Harper’s Bazaar, “I am [a feminist]. Absolutely.”
When sexual misconduct allegations came out against her own father, this would have been an opportune time for her to stand up for women. However, a look back at her 2009 book, The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life, will give you all the answers you need regarding her stance on the subject.
“Sexual harassment is never acceptable, and we must stand against it. At the same time … learn to figure out when a hoot or holler is indeed a form of harassment and when it’s merely a good-natured tease that you can give back in kind.”
In all, Ivanka’s “formula for equality” is to “have a husband, have children, dress right, don’t be poor, and don’t get mad when you’re harassed at work,” as summarized by Michelle Wolf on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. “She’s not trying to change the patriarchy, she’s telling women how to silently slide into it.”
Next: He compared Syrian refugees to candy.
2. Trump Jr.’s comparison of refugees to poisoned Skittles
The parent company of Skittles wanted absolutely nothing to do with a comparison of Syrian refugees to their candy. Trump Jr. apparently thought he was making a great point in justifying his father’s immigration ban proposal by tweeting an image that “says it all,” in his words.
The photo included a bowl of Skittles, and read, “If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”
Skittles distanced themselves from the racist comparison, stating, “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t think it’s an appropriate analogy.”
Next: This is why he claimed he met with a Russian lawyer.
1. Trump Jr.’s reasoning for meeting with a Russian lawyer
The fact alone that Trump Jr. met with a “Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer” in June 2016 should be evidence of collusion, let alone the faulty excuses he came up with to justify their meeting.
His initial excuse was that “[they] primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children.” Totally believable. He then added to the story, claiming “the woman [who he met with] stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton.”
Maybe it’s just us, but we’re not exactly buying that Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian was to find out if Clinton was colluding with Russians.
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