Eric Trump lashed out at Bob Woodward during a Wednesday appearance on Fox News, calling the Watergate veteran’s book a work of fiction and accusing him of publishing the book to make “three extra shekels.”
The president’s son also remarked that Woodward made “three extra shekels” with his book attacking the Trump administration.
“Don’t you think people look through the fact that you can write a sensational, nonsense book, CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president,” the president’s son told Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy.
“It will mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels,” Trump added. “Is that really where we are? I think people see through this.”
ERIC TRUMP attacks Democrats: "Anti-law enforcement, high taxes, and elimination of plastic straws is not a message that will win in November."
ERIC TRUMP then dismisses WOODWARD book as "sensational nonsense" he wrote "to make 3 extra shekels." pic.twitter.com/GuTXMpPLHG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 12, 2018
As the Times of Israel explains, shekels “are now the basic monetary unit of Israel” and also refer to “an ancient Hebrew currency long associated with the Jewish people.”
The Times also notes that “Shekels” can also serve as “a reference to the New Testament, in which Jesus was betrayed by Judas for silver.”
As ThinkProgress notes, the term is regularly “invoked in an antisemitic context on far-right message boards. It’s possible Eric’s time on websites of that sort is why he seemed so comfortable using the term to attack a non-Jewish journalist.”
Um, wow. The only people who refer to being paid off as wanting "extra shekels" are Israelis speaking Hebrew and anti-Semites speaking English outside Israel. Eric Trump doesn't speak Hebrew, so you know exactly who he has been reading online. https://t.co/evuub9L1xV
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) September 12, 2018