Donald Trump Jr. and his brother Eric attempted to mock a reporter who tweeted out a story about a Capitol Police officer leaving a gun in the restroom -- but they both quickly went down in flames.
Roll Call reporter Bridget Bowman shared an article by a colleague revealing that Lt. Mike Byrd left his Glock 22 in a bathroom Monday night in the Capitol Visitor Center complex, and she tried to convey that the weapon posed even more danger than other firearms.
She later clarified her tweet, citing the original article, saying that a Glock will fire when the trigger is pulled, unlike guns with a traditional safety, but the president's two eldest sons still tried to mock Bowman in pair of tweets.
"OMG a gun that fires if the trigger is pulled!!!!" Donald Trump Jr. tweeted. "I understand full well how a Glock works, I own a few, but this kind of sensationalism is why no one that actually understands guns can have a discussion with the other side. They don’t have a clue but want to make the rules."
"It 'fires if the trigger is pulled!?'" Eric Trump tweeted a half hour later. 'Generally, thats how firearms work. #BigScoop"
The president's second-eldest son then punctuated his tweet, which he later deleted, with a pair of goofy emojis.
Other Twitter users pounced on the Trumps' half-cocked tweets.
@DonaldJTrumpJr You’re so dumb if you thinks this was actually about the mechanics of a gun rather than the fact sa… https://t.co/9ymlmU6sig— Robert Manning (@Robert Manning)1551451974.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr What the article is highlighting, this gun effectively has no “safety”. It’s only safety is embedde… https://t.co/nYAQqBtJ4z— Ethan Embry (@Ethan Embry)1551453056.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr We get it, Jr. You know how to shoot things. Shouldn't you be getting your affairs in order before… https://t.co/Wv1RJV5lGf— Ian Poley (@Ian Poley)1551452568.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Again you missed the point. You pulled the trigger on sensationalism!— Packerpam (@Packerpam)1551452601.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr i think you missed the point dumb ass, i'm sure you do know the safety on the glock is in the trigg… https://t.co/bRhk4jmP8N— dangelo (@dangelo)1551456346.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Don’t be an ignoramus. You knew it was a reference to a gun that doesn’t require cocking. Every cha… https://t.co/kRHkDgizpA— Minty Claire (@Minty Claire)1551456068.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr She means it has no safety, dill weed.— AngularEd (@AngularEd)1551456370.0
@EricTrump If you would have taken 2 seconds to read the article it says: "Unlike a gun with a traditional safety,… https://t.co/STVSpZeqN5— Laura Marie (@Laura Marie)1551454899.0
@EricTrump @trumps_feed The point the article - and this tweet - were making was that the Glock does not have a tra… https://t.co/GxDp5nCMsu— Sean Kelly (@Sean Kelly)1551455098.0
@EricTrump Eric: Cling to your tenuous spot as the "smart" one. Stop talking.— Jenn! (@Jenn!)1551454726.0
@EricTrump Eric, you is smart.— Mike Wade (@Mike Wade)1551454865.0
@EricTrump I see why you don’t say much. Let’s keep it that way.— Lisa Rago ⚓️💙 (@Lisa Rago ⚓️💙)1551455053.0
@EricTrump Unlike Eric, who is triggered if his dad is fired...— Mitchell "Biden's Won 5 Times" Robinson (@Mitchell "Biden's Won 5 Times" Robinson)1551455119.0
@EricTrump Are you competing with junior now?— Zaza Chilvers (@Zaza Chilvers)1551455414.0