After his father was on TV waxing poetic about a “crisis of the heart,” Donald Trump Jr., who once compared Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles, likened migrants to zoo animals.
“You know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo?” the son of President Donald Trump wrote in a since-deleted Instagram message posted Tuesday night. “Because walls work.”
The clueless analogy drew quick and widespread condemnation on social media. Seinfeld writer Larry Charles tweeted that Trump Jr. “is so blinded by his own hubris that he can’t see that once @realDonaldTrump falls, he will be nothing but a convict serving time for treason, in a cage, behind a wall.”
Emily Jane Fox, the Vanity Fair writer and author of Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family, tweeted a simple, “Immigrants as caged animals, from the First Son.” Patti Solis Doyle, a senior adviser on the Barack Obama presidential campaign, tweeted, “Just when you thought this family could not sink any lower.” She called Trump Jr.’s post “immoral.”
But it’s all fake news, apparently, and at least according to Trump Jr.’s camp. John Haltiwanger, a politics reporter for Business Insider, reports that a spokesman for junior dismissed the backlash as a “phony controversy.”
Haltiwanger tweeted the following response after he wrote about the zoo comment: “Don’s post was strictly about illustrating the danger and violence that comes with unsecured borders, a danger I may add that far too many angel moms know too well.”
Here is a sampling of the zoo reactions: