The president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., airs some of the family’s grievances over the probe into Russian 2016 election meddling — and many other topics, including Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize — in a new book.
“Turns out I’m not a Russian agent after all!” Trump Jr., 41, writes in “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us,” to be published Nov. 5, according to an advance copy of the part political screed, part autobiography seen by Bloomberg News.
It can’t possibly be as good as the memoir he, Ivanka and Eric wrote together.
The 294-page book reads at times like an extended version of a tweetstorm Trump Jr. says his lawyers and even his father, the tweeter-in-chief, asked him tone down during the Russia investigation.
“I have to admit that I almost felt bad for Robert Mueller during that testimony. And if it weren’t for the fact that I was probably number two on the guy’s kill list for years, I might have,” he writes.
Echoing his father, Trump Jr. complains about how the “mainstream media manipulates the news” by using anonymous sources, and what he called “creative editing” and misleading information.
“As I was working on this book, my brother Eric walked into a bar in Chicago and a waitress there spat in his face. The Secret Service had to lead her outside before the confrontation could get worse,” he writes.
The younger Trump defends his father throughout the book, including pushing back a number of times on charges that the president is racist. He said when he was a kid, Michael Jackson lived in Trump Tower and came over to play video games with him and Eric.
Trump Jr. also suggests that his father is more deserving of the Nobel Prize than Obama, who was honored in 2009 for efforts to strengthen international diplomacy, citing the former president’s policies in the Middle East.
As well as recounting pranks played by the Trump kids decades ago on wealthy guests at the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, the family’s winter home, Trump Jr. writes that he teased his sister Ivanka — now an assistant to the president — that he was going to “include some scandalous secrets about her” in his book. In the end, the material from Ivanka’s “teen years” went unrecorded.
“We are Trumps,” he tells his four siblings in the book’s acknowledgments. “We don’t play the victim card, and we will succeed here as well.”
So they don’t play the victim card, but it sounds like he spends 294 pages complaining about how his grifter family has been victimized.