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."
The Sad Truth: The Cost Of Stein/Clinton's #Wisconsin Vote Recount Could Have Saved At Least 5,000 Children's Lives https://t.co/sMNQJDfppt— Eric Trump (@Eric Trump)1480885260.0
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.
@EricTrump @Forbes how many lives would your father's security costs in NY save? How about his big tax writeoffs? You should be ashamed.— Wendy Brandes (@Wendy Brandes)1480897976.0
@EricTrump you know what else helps saving people's lives? paying taxes— Frank Shallot (@Frank Shallot)1480885822.0
@EricTrump @ForbesOpinion What hypocrisy, you privileged ignoramus! I'm from NYC and remember all the times your family bled taxpayers dry.— RJ Palacio (@RJ Palacio)1480938119.0
@EricTrump dude, shut your hole. the only children you care about are your own.— Thorne_Identity (@Thorne_Identity)1480893176.0
@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?— 🇺🇸WEAR MASKS SAVE LIVES🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸WEAR MASKS SAVE LIVES🇺🇸)1480889215.0
@EricTrump @Forbes Dont make this about saving kids lives. You all never gave a crap about anybody but yourselves. This is about democracy— 35 Days-Pres Joe😎 MVP Kamala 💛 (@35 Days-Pres Joe😎 MVP Kamala 💛)1480894522.0
@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,TheNaziSlayer 🌊🌊🌊 (@Beth,TheNaziSlayer 🌊🌊🌊)1480892038.0
@EricTrump things that save people's lives: clean air & water universal healthcare disavowing racism not antagonizing China shall I go on?— jennifer rossa (@jennifer rossa)1480906512.0
@EricTrump @Forbes think how many children's lives could be saved with the taxes your dad doesn't pay— Hiphopopotamus (@Hiphopopotamus)1480886449.0
@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 (@Julie Laumann)1480901251.0