Trump's sons push wild conspiracy theories calling Covid-19 a 'ploy' and Joe Biden a 'pedophile', spark outrage
The president's eldest two sons have unleashed a scathing attack on Trump's 2020 challenger.
Donald Trump Jr recently mocked Joe Biden with a meme on his social media page, referring to the former vice president as a "pedophile". Meanwhile, his younger brother Eric insinuated that the Democrats were exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to prevent his father from holding campaign rallies in the months leading up to the November election, the Daily Mail reported.
The Trump brothers sparked outrage as the nation continued to be ravaged by Covid-19, recording close to 1.5 million confirmed cases and 89,564 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Instagram meme shared by Don Jr showed two photos stacked on top of one another, with one showing Biden and the other showing an alligator. "See you later, alligator!" Biden says in the meme, while the alligator responds, "In a while, pedophile!"
A reporter subsequently took note of the post, prompting Don Jr to clarify that he was joking.
"The 3 [laughing] emojis in the caption should indicate to anyone with a scintilla of common sense that I’m joking around," the president's eldest son wrote on Twitter. "If the media doesn’t want people mocking and making jokes about how creepy Joe is, then maybe he should stop the unwanted touching and keep his hands to himself?" he added.
Don Jr's post included a number of photographs that showed Biden allegedly touching young children inappropriately. The photos were screenshots from a video he shared on May 17 showing the former vice president presiding over the swearing-in of members of Congress. The clip appeared to highlight Biden's questionable behavior as he touched and kissed young children of newly inducted members.
However, New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin came in Biden's defense and slammed the president's son for "misleading" the public by suggesting he was a pedophile.
"Trump’s eldest son is doing this to insinuate that [Biden] (a friend to many of the lawmakers he’s swearing-in) is committing a vile crime," the reporter tweeted. "This is how the sitting president is running for re-election in a pandemic w 36M unemployed."
"I'm not sure what's misleading about this video?" Don Jr tweeted in response. "Yes, it's from Biden swearing in Senators, no one is saying otherwise, despite your straw man tweet."
"I know NYT likes to control what people see, but people have eyes, and normal people find the contents of this vid disturbing!" he added.
Don Jr then posted another video of Biden stroking young girls' hair and touching them on the shoulders. "Here’s the second part of the video so that no one can say that I’m trying to change my story after the fact. I’ve been nothing but consistent..." he wrote alongside the post. "Just like the New York Times is when they’re doing damage control for the DNC."
Meanwhile, his younger brother Eric, 36, sparked outrage after suggesting the Democrats were using the coronavirus to sabotage his father's 2020 prospects. "They think they are taking away Donald Trump's greatest tool, which is being able to go into an arena and fill it with 50,000 people every single time," Eric Trump said during an interview with Fox News on May 16.
"You watch, they'll milk it every single day between now and November 3," he continued. "And guess what, after November 3 coronavirus will magically all of a sudden go away and disappear and everybody will be able to reopen."
Eric told Fox's Judge Jeanine that the criticism of his father's administration over its handling of the pandemic was a political tactic being used by Democrats and the news media, which he branded their 'propaganda arm'. "They're doing it for one reason: They want to hurt Trump," he said.
"They tried to do it with the Russia thing, they tried to do it with the Ukraine scandal, they tried to do it with impeachment," Eric added. "Now they're trying to do it with coronavirus."