The president’s son Eric Trump on Wednesday defended his father’s racist tweets telling progressive Democratic congresswomen to “go back” to their countries, saying: “I love the tweet” and “I like his message.”
“He is willing to fight, and I’ve said this time and time again, but America didn’t have a fighter for administrations — by the way, both on the Republican and Democratic side. We haven’t had somebody in there fighting,” Eric Trump, executive vice president of the Trump Organization, told Fox News viewers after the House voted to formally rebuke the president’s tweets attacking four minority congresswomen as “racist.”
“No one has been fighting for American pride and standing up for the national anthem and standing up for our flag and not allowing our flag to be burned in the streets,” Eric Trump said. “No one’s been fighting for these things and my father is in there and he’s fighting every single day. And he has to fight against the media. He has to fight against these lunatics,” he added.
“Guys, I’m telling you, 95 percent of the country is behind him in this message,” he claimed. “People love this nation.”
“Well, certainly among Republicans,” co-host Brian Kilmeade said.
It is unclear what Eric Trump was referring to as President Trump’s overall approval rating has remained at 41 percent this week, with 55 percent of Americans disapproving of his presidency, according to a Reuters–Ipsos poll released Wednesday. The RealClearPolitics polling average puts the president’s approval rating at 44.4 percent and his disapproval rating at 52 percent.
Co-host Steve Doocy later asked Eric if the president telling the four congresswomen of color — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) — to “go back” to the “places from which they came” was appropriate.
“I love the tweet. If you don’t love our country, get out. Leave. If you complain about our country, go experience somewhere else in the world,” Trump said. “I’ve seen a lot of the world. We have it so great in America.”