Donald Trump Jr. on CNBC talking about his new book

Don Jr. Says Trump Can’t Be Racist Because He Let Him And Eric Hang Out With Michael Jackson

Donald Trump Jr.’s book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us, came out today and includes some incredible gems, according to people unfortunate enough to be assigned to read it. Among a lot of the same old denials about the Mueller investigation and rantings about Hillary Clinton’s emails, he had a classic defense against charges that his dad is a racist with a pop-star twist.

“Oh, and by the way, given all the things my father has been called, particularly a ‘racist,’ it sure sounds odd that he’d let his son vacation with a black man or hang out with Michael Jackson, doesn’t it?'” Don Jr. writes. “If he’s a racist, he’s sure not very good at it.”

Really, this just sounds like a combination of name-dropping with the old “I have a black friend” racism defense. It doesn’t stand up well to Donald Trump’s entire history of racist statements and behavior, including charges of housing discrimination within his development company which resulted in a Justice Department lawsuit against him and his father.

Other stories that Don Jr. tells in his book paint a picture of a wealthy kid completely out of touch with the everyday lives of average Americans. One particular anecdote recounts how his mother tried to order a glass of wine at a Taco Bell. Before his parents dropped him off at his expensive prep school one year, he says “we also stopped at Taco Bell, where my mother ordered a glass of chardonnay.”

In the acknowledgments, Don Jr. reportedly wrote that his family doesn’t play the victim.

“We are Trumps,” he says of himself and his siblings. “We don’t play the victim card, and we will succeed here as well.” That’s not how some readers have seen it, however.

According to Business Insider, Don Jr. writes at length about how hard it was to give up so much money for his dad to become president.

“Frankly, it was a big sacrifice, costing us millions and millions of dollars annually,” he says. “Of course, we didn’t get any credit whatsoever from the mainstream media, which now does not surprise me at all.”

No victim card here.