Don Jr slams Howard Stern for 'acting like Hillary' after he said Trump is 'disgusted' by his own supporters
The president's eldest son defended his father and said he won the 2016 election by being able to relate to his blue-collar supporters
Donald Trump Jr. has hit back at Howard Stern after the radio and television personality criticized his father over his response to the coronavirus pandemic and suggested it would be "extremely patriotic" of him if he were to step down from the Oval Office.
Stern, who featured Trump regularly on his show before he ran for president in 2016 and had even invited him to his wedding to model Berth Ostrosky in 2008, recently attacked the president and his voters.
"The oddity in all of this is the people Trump despises most, love him the most," he said. "The people who are voting for Trump for the most part... he wouldn’t even let them in a f***ing hotel. He’d be disgusted by them. Go to Mar-a-Lago, see if there’s any people who look like you. I’m talking to you in the audience."
"I don’t hate Donald. I hate you for voting for him, for not having intelligence," he continued. "I do think it would be extremely patriotic of Donald to say ‘I’m in over my head and I don’t want to be president anymore."
"It’d be so patriotic that I’d hug him and then I’d go back to Mar-a-Lago and have a meal with him and feel good about him because it would be such an easy thing to do."
Speaking during an appearance on the 'Jim and Sam Show' on Thursday, May 14, Trump Jr. said he was aware of Stern's remarks and termed them "disappointing."
"That’s total bullls***," he said. "The reality is this: My dad was able to do what he did when he won this election by being able to relate to those guys, the blue-collar worker that Donald Trump spent his entire career with."
"Donald Trump was a better developer and built a brand because he spent time talking to those guys," he insisted. "There’s a reason why you see guys within our company, even today, they started off as construction guys, started off as drivers, and they’re like executives because he gave them a chance."
Trump Jr. also accused Stern of "acting like" former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and suggested his remarks would isolate a large portion of the country.
"He’s acting like Hillary, which was, you know, probably what cost her some of the election was calling half the country deplorables for wanting to support someone who’s going to get things done for them, and he did," he said, referring to a comment where she had called Trump's base a "basket of deplorable."
"I don’t know if he just got a taste of Hollywood when he went on, you know, the T.V. show and, all of the sudden, the establishment’s sort of politically correct people that he used to hate, now he really wants to be loved by them," he added.
Asked why he thought Stern had made such comments, Trump Jr. said he believed the radio and TV personality was just trying to drum up some media attention for himself.
"I imagine that Stern’s trying to, you know, grab some attention," he shared. "There’s a lot of other people doing sort of, you know, that took his model. I think he was a real innovator years ago, but took his model and are frankly just doing it much better now. So I think he’s just probably trying to grab headlines."