Donald Trump Jr. gives a thumbs up from the stage of his daddy's rally.
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 01: Donald Trump Jr. speaks early in the night before his father, U.S. President Donald Trump, at a campaign rally at U.S. Bank Arena on August 1, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The president was critical of his Democratic rivals, condemning what he called "wasted money" that has contributed to blight in inner cities run by Democrats, according to published reports. (Photo by Andrew Spear/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Jr., the Most Oblivious Person on Earth, Continues to Rant About Nepotism

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At a recent rally in Cincinnati, Donald Trump Jr. decided to attack Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, for profiting off of his father’s name. Of all the things this particular person could choose to criticize someone for, nepotism sure is a strange choice, given that everything from Don Jr.’s wealth and career to his very name has come 100% from his father.

So how unaware do you have to be to tweet out something like this:

I’m going to say VERY. At that rally, he asked the crowd, “What do you guys think would happen if Donald Trump Jr. went to China and came back with 1.5 dollars? Not 1.5 billion, just 1.5 dollars.” I don’t know, Don. What would happen if your sister went to China and came back with a whole bunch of new trademarks for jewelry and voting machines?

Don rightfully got torn to shreds over the hypocrisy but that hasn’t stopped him from leaning into this self-owning talking point. He appeared on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night and said these words, knowing full well people could hear him:

His defense of that statement isn’t any better. Both he and his brother Eric, who was saying similar things on Laura Ingraham’s show, said the difference between the Trumps and the Bidens is that they started as capitalists and moved over to politics, while they say Hunter Biden was using his father’s political influence to get ahead in business. They say they left business and stopped pursuing foreign deals after their father took office, which simply isn’t true.

The Washington Post received a defensive statement from Don Jr’s spokesperson:

“Don isn’t attacking Hunter Biden because he has a famous father, he’s attacking him specifically for selling access to his father’s public office to enrich himself,” the statement said. “There’s a big difference between spending your entire life working your way up in a privately owned family business and leeching off the taxpayers to BECOME a family business based solely off your father’s political office.”

Again, Don Jr. is the last person who should be talking about “selling access” to someone’s father, since that’s literally all he does. Also, not only has the Trump family been very clearly using their political influence to continue to grow the family business, but Donald Trump has been filling positions in his cabinet with totally unqualified people with deep corporate connections.

So yes, there is a difference between that and what Hunter Biden has been accused of doing. But it’s not a “big difference” and one isn’t glaringly worse than the other. They’re basically word jumbles of the same form of corruption.

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