Eric Trump, second-eldest son of the U.S. president, drew international ridicule overnight after telling FOX News host Sean Hannity Tuesday evening that he considers his father's detractors and political opponents "not even people."
Eric Trump, the son of the President of the United States, says Democrats aren't even people. pic.twitter.com/2uhP8o8579
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) June 7, 2017
Eric, who serves as vice president of the Trump Organization, said that anti-Trump protest and criticism were evidence that "morals have flown out the window" in the country.
Though Trump also took the opportunity of his chat with Hannity to call Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, a "whack job," Perez shot back Wednesday morning in a statement. "Democrats are people," said Perez. "So are Muslims, immigrants, women, people with pre-existing conditions, and everyone else Trump is hurting."
As recent polls show—and as many on social media and elsewhere were quick to point out—the number of people disapproving of President Trump's job performance are at near historic levels—with support for his impeachment now higher than his average approval rating.
Becoming a target of disapproval himself, many were pointing to reporting published by Forbes on Monday that raised serious questions about how money destined for a childhood cancer charity Eric Trump sponsored ended up in his business ventures.
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— Kelly (@belikeaduck) June 7, 2017
Others made a point to raise the penchant that he and his brother, Donald Trump Jr., have for killing wild animals for sport:
— Amanda Guinzburg (@Guinz) June 7, 2017
And still others, though certainly not kind, made sport of Eric while comparing him to the president:
Eric Trump looks like a deflated yet somehow bloated version of his father. #NotEvenPeople #
— Jake Jones (@_JakeInABox) June 7, 2017
And nearly immediately, of course, the #NotEvenPeople hashtag was born and the internet was having its way with the young Trump: