One of President Donald Trump’s adult children once again found themselves as the punchline on Twitter on Friday.
Eric Trump, an executive VP at the Trump Organization, lashed out at Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos after one of his employees received a polite and professional message from Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Fahrenthold.
In the email, Fahrenthold began by apologizing for the interruption. He then introduced himself, saying he just wanted the employee to have his contact information.
Fahrenthold explained that they could talk without the employee being cited by name in a story, and explained how to safely contact the newspaper.
Although Fahrenthold’s message was so professional it could be used by journalism professors as a best practices example, Eric Trump attacked the “tactics.”
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) September 6, 2019
Eric Trump was brutally mocked online for his tweet.
Here’s some of what people were saying:
This is journalism and your brother's signature is on the checks meant to cover up the fact that your dad cheats on your second stepmom with women who remind him of your sister. pic.twitter.com/JLC57Dxgdi
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) September 6, 2019
— Edmund Lee (@edmundlee) September 6, 2019
Trump's kids are so dumb that you actually kinda gotta marvel at it. They make Meghan McCain look like a genius. https://t.co/CUsFW4CfZs
— AdotSad (@AdotSad) September 6, 2019
Today in press intimidation: WH press office uses official email to attack two Post journalists and Eric Trump tries to shame a Post reporter on Twitter… https://t.co/Bj5uXNURmo
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) September 6, 2019
this evil tactic known as reporting https://t.co/So5KSch21C
— elizabeth bruenig (@ebruenig) September 6, 2019
what's up with people not understanding the Streisand Effect? this is only going to raise David's profile and his work even more lol https://t.co/bSQp5wkouR
— Gene Park (@GenePark) September 6, 2019
You really are the dumb brother…. https://t.co/h77H9vbzZa
— brad hags (@hags2219) September 6, 2019
— Gregory Korte (@gregorykorte) September 6, 2019
— city nolan! (@ndhapple) September 6, 2019
u hate to see journalists using journalistic "tactics" https://t.co/fnsyfoiRmi
— your pal andy (@andylevy) September 6, 2019
That's not a tactic. It's reporting. Often learned in Journalism 101. https://t.co/2B0NRSIgis
— Celeste Headlee (@CelesteHeadlee) September 6, 2019
Eric, do you prefer Rupert Murdoch's tactics?https://t.co/BhSYKluccj
— Violeta (@VioletaQSmith) September 6, 2019
It’s a shame this polite and professional email didn’t meet your family’s high standards for journalism.https://t.co/7dYQbMlgel
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) September 6, 2019
*documenting why Fahrenthold wins Pulitzers to own the libs*
Way to make @Fahrenthold look like a total pro. Good job.
— djkocisi politics (@djkocisi2) September 6, 2019
That dumb-ass gene is really strong in the Trump family!!!!!
— Colleen LR (@Cozy1950) September 6, 2019
this is why they call you the dumb one eric
— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) September 6, 2019