President Donald Trump's eldest son tried to exploit concerns over the coronavirus to promote his father's restrictive immigration policies -- and things didn't go well.
Public officials have been expressing increasing alarm over the possibility of a pandemic, and Donald Trump Jr. took a moment to stoke fears over border security and promote his father's trade policies.
"The coronavirus outbreak shows how important it is for us to keep our borders secure," Trump Jr. tweeted. "It's also why @realDonaldTrump is right to want a trade policy focused on increasing American manufacturing. He understands that it's dangerous for our economy to be beholden to China!"
The coronavirus outbreak shows how important it is for us to keep our borders secure. It's also why… https://t.co/oW4yFiIIQC— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1582650863.0
He was swiftly met with anger and ridicule.
@DonaldJTrumpJr When was the last time he hugged you?— Brian Beutler (@Brian Beutler)1582651937.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump Ignorant fear-mongering against latino immigrants. Air travel will always exist, a… https://t.co/BJ5c5ptMGQ— Vote Dem for the Planet (@Vote Dem for the Planet)1582651515.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump walls don't keep out viruses.— President Rufus T. Firefly (@President Rufus T. Firefly)1582652225.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump https://t.co/9DMRn6GfEv— 🌙Mindy🌙 (@🌙Mindy🌙)1582652059.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump Donald Trump wants Congress to give him $2.5 billion to fight the Coronavirus. F*… https://t.co/3NhueBHMgV— Russell Drew (@Russell Drew)1582651424.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump The man who stared directly into the eclipse is in charge of our pandemic response… https://t.co/pWAZrEqMpt— Alan! (@Alan!)1582650968.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump The virus came from China. Whom we don’t share a border with you eedjit. Your geog… https://t.co/9zE4TNXPJ7— Christine Im🍑 🍊🤡 (@Christine Im🍑 🍊🤡)1582653387.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump Your dad cut funding for the CDC when we have a #coronavirus outbreak. That was really ignorant.— Leadership (@Leadership)1582652484.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump Ok Fredo. Keeping the borders secure will stop coronavirus outbreak. A higher wall might also help. 🤦🏽♂️— Chidi®️ (@Chidi®️)1582652085.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @realDonaldTrump Meanwhile, Jr, lets cut funding for the CDC. https://t.co/2BVALNkW3A— 🚨BlueVotr 🚨 (@🚨BlueVotr 🚨)1582654804.0