Eric Trump appeared on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning to rail against Bob Woodward‘s White House exposé, Fear, and made a comment some are decrying as an anti-semitic dog whistle.
While ripping Woodward’s book in defense of his father, President Donald Trump, Eric said:
“You can write some sensational nonsense book, CNN will definitely have you on because they love trash the president, it’ll mean you sell 3 extra book, you’ll make three extra shekels at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country and a president doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric. Is that where we are? People read through this…”
“Shekels,” as many on social media have pointed out, is a preferred term of internet anti-Semites and neo-Nazis.
New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman noted the rhetoric is pulled straight from The Daily Stormer, the neo-Nazi/white supremacist blog:
Outrageous. If you want to see how the neo-Nazis use the term “shekels” take a quick glance at The Daily Stormer. Eric Trump’s ‘three extra shekels’ attack on Bob Woodward is not some accident any more than Hillary Clinton’s image over a Star of David. https://t.co/DyJTcqyX4H
— (((JonathanWeisman))) (@jonathanweisman) September 12, 2018
Weisman also recalled that time Trump tweeted out a photo of his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, along with a Star of David accusing her of corruption.
It also appears that Eric has no idea what the word “behest” means.
It’s insane that Eric Trump said “three extra shekels” on Fox this morning. https://t.co/tNfP0sr7QA
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) September 12, 2018
Three guesses as to what community is super excited Eric Trump said “three extra shekels” on Fox & Friends pic.twitter.com/K6rkCX0wMu
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) September 12, 2018
what in the everloving crap https://t.co/OKrwBBbEr3
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) September 12, 2018
This may come as a surprise to you, but one of President Trump’s sons is using “shekels” to describe the profits of a book critical of his father’s administration written by Bob Woodward.
Totally normal thing for a successful(?) businessman to do. https://t.co/UkpEg8pjHr
— Jim Swift (@JSwiftTWS) September 12, 2018
People are raising eyebrows at Eric Trump’s use “3 extra shekels,” but isn’t it worse that the son of a purported billionaire with access to the finest education that money can buy doesn’t know what the word behest means? And uses it repeatedly anyway? On TV? pic.twitter.com/JJhDaQmHxB
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) September 12, 2018
Watch above, via Fox News.
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