Trump namesake Donald Trump Jr. launched a vicious smear against CNN anchor Jake Tapper, falsely accusing him of making a “flagrantly homophobic” remark on the air.
On Sunday, Trump Jr. retweeted a clip from Friday’s edition of CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper, and remarked “Let’s play the ‘Imagine the fury if a conservative said something this flagrantly homophobic’.”
Let’s play the “Imagine the fury if a conservative said something this flagrantly homophobic”
Truly disgusting… but of course no consequences. https://t.co/Eths0LnUJG
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) January 27, 2019
In the clip, former Obama senior adviser Jen Psaki remarks that “The truth is, no one’s going to cry if Roger Stone goes to jail, or when he goes to jail…”
“He might like it,” Tapper jokes, to which Psaki replies “He might, who knows?”
Other conservatives leapt on the eight-second clip to profess outrage, without explaining how, exactly, the remark was “homophobic.”
There are any number of ways to interpret such a joke, but based on Stone’s history and the context of the segment, the most reasonable would be that Stone would enjoy the attention.
Seconds before his joke, Tapper played a clip of Stone telling reporters “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.”
And Stone himself posted a video last year literally daring Special Counsel Robert Mueller to arrest him.
Tapper’s segment also included discussions of the substance of Stone’s indictment, which included threats against both humans and at least one dog. A second likely interpretation would be that Stone would enjoy the company of other criminals in a prison setting.
Trump Jr.’s interpretation could have more to do with his own anxieties and prejudices than anything else. While he has tried to co-opt outrage against politically convenient targets in the past, Junior himself has faced criticism for sharing a transphobic meme on Instagram.
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And in 2017, Junior liked a tweet that mocked Chelsea Manning in vulgar terms over her identity as a trans woman.
Donald Trump, who is Don Jr.’s father, has spent almost a year trying to ban transgender people from serving in the military, a ban that the Supreme Court recently ruled can take effect while it’s still working its way through the courts.
Watch the fuller segment above, via CNN.
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