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Eric Trump Got Dragged for Trying to Frame Sexual Abuse as a Liberal Problem

Has he MET his father?

Donald Trump gives an "air kiss" to his son Eric Trump at a campaign rally

After Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested last week, Eric Trump tastelessly tweeted a picture of Jeffrey Epstein’s longtime friend/ex-girlfriend/alleged partner in sex trafficking. The picture shows Bill Clinton walking his daughter Chelsea down the aisle at her 2010 wedding, where Maxwell appears to be in the crowd of guests behind them. Trump captioned the photo “birds of a feather…”

Twitter immediately let him know what a hypocritical ass he was being, given that his own father has taken plenty of pictures palling around with both Maxwell and Epstein.

Eric Trump wasn’t the only one to try to remove his father from the Epstein narrative. Fox News aired a segment about Maxwell’s arrest over the weekend and showed a number of photos of her and Epstein, including one taken at Donald Trump’s Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago golf club, which you can see in those tweets above. Fox cropped Trump out of that photo, but, strangely, chose to leave Melania in.

Fox News shows a picture of Epstein, Maxwell, and Melania Trump, cropping out Donald Trump.

It makes sense that Fox News would try to remove Trump from the segment, since he spent the weekend railing against the network for daring to present polling numbers that show Biden leading in the presidential race. He encouraged his followers to follow the ultra-right-wing OANN or Newsmax instead. Of course, Fox could have just … not used that specific picture rather than so obviously editing him out, so I’m not going to presume to understand their motivations here.

Eric Trump quietly deleted his “birds of a feather” tweet a day after posting it, presumably because he got tired of people rubbing the receipts of his hypocrisy in his face.

The big takeaway here is that sexual abuse is in no way a partisan issue and the effort to frame it as one is as ridiculous as it is callous.

(via Gizmodo, HuffPost, image: John Moore/Getty Images)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.