Eric Trump has described the protesters who were ‘taking over our cities’ as ‘animals’, in a passionate speech warming-up the crowd before his father’s rally in Tulsa.
Flanked by his wife Lara, Eric, 36, promised his father would keep fighting for all his supporters and lashed out at protesters.
He said those that caused chaos in the streets were bringing shame on the country, describing as ‘nonsense’ their cause.
Eric Trump spoke at Saturday’s rally in Oklahoma, and lashed out at rioters and protesters
‘We’re going to keep the moral fabric of this country, because when you watch the nonsense on TV, when you see these animals literally taking over our cities, right? Burning down churches?
‘This isn’t America. That’s not what Americans do.’
No churches are known to have been burnt down by rioters, although several were damaged.
St John’s Episcopal Church opposite the White House was targeted by arsonists, but the fire was extinguished before damage could be done.
In New York City the landmark St Patrick’s Cathedral was defaced by graffiti, and the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis sustained minor damage.
Eric’s comments were deemed particularly insensitive in Tulsa – the site of the 1921 massacre of wealthy Black residents by a white mob.
The Southern Poverty Law Center accused him of ‘sowing divisiveness’, while singer Ricky Davila commented: ‘The only animal is him.’
Another Twitter user, Margi Wilding, accused Eric of ‘belittling and trying to dehumanize them’.
Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate speech and groups, criticized his words
Singer Ricky Davila told his 300,000 followers that ‘the only animal is him’
Another Twitter user, Margi Wilding, accused Eric of ‘belittling and trying to dehumanize them’
The youngest child from Donald Trump’s marriage to Ivanka, Eric said the protesters who have taken to the streets since the May 25 killing of George Floyd and caused disruption did not represent the United States.
‘And you know what, they represent the smallest fraction of society,’ he said.
‘We have the greatest people in the world in this country. And they universally do not like that kind of behavior.’
Eric’s wife Lara applauded as he attacked ‘these animals literally taking over our cities’
A supporter of President Donald Trump in the crowd wears a shirt reading ‘It’s OK To Be White’
Supporters cheer on President Trump at his rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday evening
The floor area surrounding the stage where Trump spoke was only half filled – it is usually packed at Trump rallies – and empty seats were in the stands
He said they are going to protect religious liberty, which is ‘massively assaulted in this country’.
He said his father would encourage all Americans to say Merry Christmas – a phrase which he said ‘is totally under assault’.
He said his father will keep ‘In God We Trust’ on the currency.
The Supreme Court rejected an atheist case Monday to remove ‘In God We Trust,’ the national motto, from all coins and currency from the Department of Treasury.
And he vowed to protect the Second Amendment.
The rally – Trump’s first since March 2, when the country was put on pause due to coronavirus – was contentious given the potential spread of COVID-19 among attendees.
But Eric, speaking to Fox News before the event, said the crowd were showing that they were happy to take the risk.
‘You need the spirit back in the country,’ he said.
‘This is what the country wants. This is actually a great example of where the country wants to go.
‘They want this energy. They want the spirit. They want to get out of their house.’