In his new book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us,” Donald Trump Jr. writes that a trip to Arlington National Cemetery just before President Trump’s inauguration reminded him of his own family’s “sacrifices” made for Trump to become president.
Then-President-elect Trump and the first family were at the cemetery the day before Trump’s inauguration in January of 2017.
Trump laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where unidentified soldiers from World War I, World War II and the Korean War are buried.
“I rarely get emotional, if ever,” Trump Jr. wrote.
“Yet, as we drove past the rows of white grave markers, in the gravity of the moment, I had a deep sense of the importance of the presidency and a love of our country,” he added.
“Frankly, it was a big sacrifice, costing us millions and millions of dollars annually, a huge book of business that I had personally built,” he continues.
Trump said he considered all of the sacrifices the Trump family made in order for Trump to serve in office as an Army Band bugler played “Taps” in front of the tomb.
“In that moment, I also thought of all the attacks we’d already suffered as a family, and about all the sacrifices we’d have to make to help my father succeed — voluntarily giving up a huge chunk of our business and all international deals to avoid the appearance that we were ‘profiting off the office,’” Trump Jr. wrote.
The passage was met with immediate criticism online.
Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) blasted the passage on Twitter, saying, “Eight men I served with are buried in Section 60 of Arlington. I visit them monthly. Even if Donald JR. lived a 1,000 years he will never even get close to being as good and honorable as they were. Sacrifice is only a word to the Trumps.”
Eight men I served with are buried in Section 60 of Arlington. I visit them monthly. Even if Donald JR. lived a 1,000 years he will never even get close to being as good and honorable as they were. Sacrifice is only a word to the Trumps. https://t.co/47eIc9SBPg
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) November 7, 2019
Author Matt Gallagher, who is also a veteran, blasted the passage.
— Matt Gallagher (@MattGallagher0) November 7, 2019