Eric Trump under fire over 'shekels' jibe
President Donald Trump's son Eric came under criticism on Wednesday after calling journalist Bob Woodward’s new book about the White House "sensational nonsense" written "to make three extra shekels."
"Fear: Trump in the White House" hits US bookstores on Tuesday after a weeklong buildup, with published excerpts, leaks and interviews that portray Trump as dangerously erratic and uninformed.
The full quote from Eric Trump's appearance on Fox and Friends is as follows: "You can write some sensational nonsense book, CNN will definitely have you on because they love trash the president, it’ll mean you sell three extra books, you’ll make three extra shekels at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country and a president doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric. Is that where we are?"
Many pointed out that the reference to Israeli currency could represent an anti-Semitic dog whistle.
New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman took to Twitter to state that "If you want to see how the neo-Nazis use the term 'shekels' take a quick glance at The Daily Stormer. Eric Trump’s ‘three extra shekels’ attack on Bob Woodward is not some accident any more than Hillary Clinton's image over a Star of David."
Conservative commentator Bill Kristol, a vocal critic of President Trump, posted a Twitter poll asking if the president's son was "too stupid to know he's being anti-Semitic," with the options "yes," "no" and "not mutually exclusive."
Woodward is a famed chronicler of presidents, best known for his revelations in the Watergate scandal that proved the undoing of Richard Nixon in 1974.
Trump is quoted in "Fear" brutally insulting members of his own cabinet, referring to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "mentally retarded" and former chief of staff Reince Priebus as a "little rat."
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in turn, is quoted as saying the president has the mental capacity of a "fifth or sixth grader," while Chief of Staff John Kelly is quoted as calling Trump "an idiot."
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Big deal. He’s married to a Jew
Woodword is trash!