Trump Jr: Visiting the dead at Arlington National Cemetery reminds me of my family's 'sacrifices'
Donald Trump Jr. recounted in his new book "Triggered" of a time he visited an unknown dead soldier in Arlington National Cemetery just before his father was sworn in as president. He claims that it reminded him of the 'sacrifices' of his family.
"I rarely get emotional, if ever," Trump Jr. wrote. "Yet, as we drove past the rows of white grave markers, in the gravity of the moment, I had a deep sense of the importance of the presidency and a love of our country."
"In that moment, I also thought of all the attacks we'd already suffered as a family, and about all the sacrifices we'd have to make to help my father succeed — voluntarily giving up a huge chunk of our business and all international deals to avoid the appearance that we were 'profiting off the office,'" Trump Jr. wrote.
Yes - they may have sacrificed financially in their eyes (that's debatable) but this was a cemetery of military veterans. We're not sure how he drew the comparison.
President Trump avoided the Vietnam draft multiple times as a young lad because his doctor wrote him a note for having bone spurs. Even today, there's still no proof that has been released showing that Trump actually had a medical condition. It's been reported that the Trump family doctor owed a favor to Trump's dad and that's how Trump really avoided the draft.
Trump Jr. and other immediate family members also have no record of serving in the military.
Naturally - the eldest Trump son is getting a ton of criticism for the tone deaf remark.
"Eight men I served with are buried in Section 60 of Arlington. I visit them monthly," tweeted Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz., who served in the Iraq War. "Even if Donald JR. lived a 1,000 years he will never even get close to being as good and honorable as they were. Sacrifice is only a word to the Trumps."
Matt Gallagher, also an Iraq War veteran noted:
"Imagine going to Arlington ... and being moved to think about money. You are a soup sandwich, and my friends buried there would tell you the same thing."
Still - Trump Jr. contends in the book that his dad being elected president "was a big sacrifice" that cost his family "millions and millions of dollars annually."
"But it was a sacrifice we were more than happy and willing to make," he wrote. "Of course, we didn't get any credit whatsoever from the mainstream media, which now does not surprise me at all."