Eric Trump, the son of President-elect Donald Trump, asserted over the weekend that “at least 5,000 children” had died due to an effort to verify the election outcome in Wisconsin.
In a tweet on Sunday, Eric Trump said that the “sad truth” was that “the cost Of Stein/Clinton’s #Wisconsin vote recount could have saved at least 5,000 children’s lives.”
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) December 4, 2016
The tweet included a link to a Forbes column by conservative writer Chris Conover, who argues that Green Party candidate Jill Stein should have redirected the $3.5 million spent on the recount to malaria prevention for children.
Many commenters on Twitter fired back at Trump, noting that thousands of children could also be saved with the millions of dollars the U.S. government is paying for Donald Trump’s security in New York.
— WendyBrandes (@WendyBrandes) December 5, 2016
@EricTrump you know what else helps saving people's lives? paying taxes
— Special Kebab (@SoTiredzzz) December 4, 2016
@EricTrump So could the 24-karat gold-plated seatbelt buckles on your dad's plane. But, Democracy.
— Nick Bilton (@nickbilton) December 4, 2016
@EricTrump Sad truth: if that $ was donated to the Trump Foundation it would have been spent on Trump portraits, Tebow gear, and legal fees
— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) December 4, 2016
— RJ Palacio (@RJPalacio) December 5, 2016
@EricTrump dude, shut your hole. the only children you care about are your own.
— Game of Thornes (@GeoffThorne) December 4, 2016
@EricTrump Oh please share with us your wisdom on the ways of giving. Perhaps a glance at your taxes to show all your charitible donations?
— The Saddest American (@martinichaser15) December 4, 2016
— #StillWithHer (@deejay90192) December 4, 2016
@EricTrump Since you care about those children so much, why don't YOU pay for the recount then? I mean, since it was rigged and all…
— Beth – 2.6 M votes (@BethWeber1) December 4, 2016
@EricTrump things that save people's lives: clean air & water universal healthcare disavowing racism not antagonizing China shall I go on?
— jennifer rossa (@jenrossa) December 5, 2016
— Truthbomb (@KramerTruthbomb) December 4, 2016
@EricTrump Your dad's $25 million fraud settlement for Trump U could have saved 36,000 children.His sham charity saves none,unlike Clinton's
— Julie Laumann (@Zegota42) December 5, 2016