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  • Fox & Friends ignores report on Trump properties firing undocumented workers in interview with Eric Trump

    Blog ››› ››› COURTNEY HAGLE

    On the February 5 edition of Fox & Friends, the co-hosts invited President Donald Trump’s son and Trump Organization vice president Eric Trump on to discuss the border wall and undocumented immigrants, but they  failed to ask him about new reports that the Trump Organization has started purging undocumented workers from five Trump golf courses in New York and New Jersey. According to The Washington Post, the purge was “set in motion after a series of reports about the clubs’ employment of workers without legal status,” and 18 people have been fired so far. Last night, Eric Trump personally confirmed the firings to the Post.

    From the February 5 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

  • 4chan trolls celebrated Eric Trump's anti-Semitic dog whistle that Bob Woodward wrote his book for "extra shekels"

    Blog ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    Users on 4chan’s “/pol/,” a far-right forum known for bigotry and anti-Semitism, lauded Eric Trump’s recent remarks that The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward was seeking “three extra shekels,” taking it as an anti-Semitic dog whistle and claiming it showed Trump visited the forum.

    During Eric Trump’s July 12 appearance on Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy commented on press attention around Woodward’s new book, Fear: Trump in the White House. Eric Trump responded, “You can write a sensational nonsense book -- CNN will definitely have you on there, because they love to trash the president -- it will mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels. I mean, at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country and a president that’s doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric, I mean -- is that really where we are?”

    In response, some journalists noted that the word “shekels” was an anti-Semitic dig and that it has been used by neo-Nazis.

    On 4chan’s “/pol/” message board, users lauded Eric Trump’s remarks. They wrote that Trump “named the Jew,” which is which is an anti-Semitic call to action to single out Jewish people and point out they are Jewish, while claiming they control economics and politics domestically and around the globe (Woodward is also not Jewish). They also posted a caricature of a Jewish man crying and added, “[that feeling when] I didn't get the shekels” and wrote, “A FUCKING AMERICAN NAMED THE JEWS. HE FUCKING DID IN TV.” Users also claimed that the comment showed that “it was pretty god damn obvious that [Eric Trump] lurks around here” and that he “spends way to (sic) much time on /pol/ and slipped up.” They also said it was proof that the Trumps “lurk POL daily.”

    4chan has pushed pro-Trump narratives and conspiracy theories regularly in recent years, including referring to President Donald Trump as “God emperor Trump.” And there are signs that the Trump camp has reciprocated in the past. Then-candidate Trump tweeted a racist image that had been “floating around” on 4chan. The Trump campaign’s attacks on Chicago protestors also directly echoed a 4chan thread. Trump also tweeted a meme showing a Star of David over Hillary Clinton and dollar bills that first spread on 8chan, a more extreme version of 4chan. At one point, Donald Trump Jr. also followed 4chan-linked account @polNewsForever on Twitter, which has since been suspended.

  • Eric Trump retreats to Hannity after report that his charity lied about devoting all its profits to research cancer in children

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Eric Trump retreated to Fox News' Hannity -- hosted by his father’s biggest media sycophant -- to lash out after Forbes reported that charitable activity by the Eric Trump Foundation “seems to defy federal tax rules and state laws that ban self-dealing and misleading donors.”

    According to Forbes, filings show that through Eric’s annual charity event hosted at a Trump golf course, the Trump Organization has received more than $1.2 million. In addition, the Donald J. Trump Foundation "apparently used the Eric Trump Foundation to funnel $100,000 in donations into revenue for the Trump Organization," and more than $500,000 in donations to the Eric Trump Foundation "was re-donated to other charities, many of which were connected to Trump family members or interests." Eric had previously stated that his charitable activity has little overhead because it uses Trump Organization “assets 100% free of charge." President Donald Trump himself was scrutinized during the campaign, mostly by The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, for apparent self-dealing with his foundation.

    After Forbes published its report about the potentially illegal activity, Eric appeared on Fox News' Hannity and lashed out against the media and Democrats, claiming he was being “attacked” because “morality is just gone” and because Democrats “don’t have a message, they don’t have leadership, so they obstruct.” Host Sean Hannity chimed in, claiming that opponents are unfairly targeting Trump’s children because “they want to delegitimize his presidency, they want to stop his agenda, and if they can, they want to impeach him.”

    SEAN HANNITY (HOST): I actually would use the term, with Kathy Griffin, and a CNN anchor calling your father a “piece of shh” -- all right? -- and a conspiracy theory that every intelligence officer and top Democrats have all said there is no evidence of and thousands of hours of coverage. But they've gone after your 11-year-old brother, they've gone after your soon-to-be-born child. They've gone after you, which is fine. Don, you guys probably are more fair game. But really, your sister? And really, the first lady? And really, Kellyanne and anybody that seems to like your father? They want to, I say they want to delegitimize his presidency. They want to stop his agenda, and if they can, they want to impeach him.

    ERIC TRUMP: Who are all in this, by the way, for the right reason. I mean, look at that P.O.S. comment that you made. Somebody on CNN, an anchor on CNN, called my father on the show a piece of --. You might be an opinionated person, but you don't use profanities. You’re not a child when it comes to calling people names. I got attacked today. I’ve raised $16.3 million for St. Jude’s, 16.3. I’ve dedicated my --

    HANNITY: By the age of what?

    TRUMP: I started when I was 21. I have raised $16.3 million for the greatest hospital in the world, that’s St. Jude, and I get attacked for it. Barron gets attacked. People come out, they look at my wife; “Well, I hope she, you know, I hope the kid is aborted because God forbid there is another Trump in the world.” I mean, the manners, the lack of morals in society is awful, and honestly? I blame most of these politicians and I blame the media because it's out of control. I mean the way they act are out of control and honestly it's because the Democratic Party is sinking. And I mean that sincerely. They don't have a message, they don't have leadership, so they obstruct, and it’s just -- it's really the worst of the worst, Sean.

  • Here Are 5 People Close To Trump Who Have Propagated Fake News

    ››› ››› NICK FERNANDEZ & CHRISTOPHER LEWIS

    Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign and continuing into the transition period, President-elect Donald Trump has surrounded himself with people who have helped propagate fake news, which got more attention than real news did on Facebook toward the end of the election cycle. That list includes two of his sons, his former campaign manager, his pick for national security adviser, and the adviser’s son, who was involved in the transition until recently. The fake news stories they pushed included a piece claiming Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton paid people to protest Trump’s election and a fake claim that Clinton and her campaign were involved in a child trafficking ring.