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While Donald Trump’s surrogates are spinning his performance during the final presidential debate as a win, Donald Trump Jr. is being blunt in his assessment. Trump’s eldest son commented to Fox News that his father is still learning on the campaign trail, and this whole situation has been a “step down” from his usual lifestyle:
“Unlike Hillary Clinton, who’s gotten very rich being a politician, peddling American influence, he hasn’t — this is only a step-down. But he wants to make sure that all Americans, all ethnicities, and backgrounds, have the same opportunity to do what he’s been able to do: To start a great family, to start a great business.”
Trump Jr.’s claim of inclusion among other ethnicities seems a bit contradictory after he compared Syrian refugees to a poisoned bowl of Skittles. Flip flopping on an issue? Like father, like son. A CNN poll showed that Clinton emerged the victor of the final debate, but Trump Jr. said his dad is at a disadvantage. He said his dad would be farther ahead with more years of political experience:
“He hasn’t spent his whole life to be up on a debate stage like a career politician. He’s spent his life creating jobs, building things, doing things that would benefit American workers in this country. He’s done that for his whole career. So you know what? He’s learning. He’s learning as he goes. If he was doing this his whole life he’d be the greatest politician in the history of the world.”
But saying this is a step down comes across as a slight on the office of the presidency. Throughout his campaign, Trump has discussed how terrible the state of the country is in and that only he as president can fix it. It’s a criticism that is only amplified by Trump Jr.’s comments.