Two children of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump recently clashed with the media (video below).
Donald Trump Jr. raised eyebrows when he gave his opinion about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the media to Philadelphia radio station WPHT on Sept. 15:
The media has been her number one surrogate on this. Without the media, this wouldn't even be a contest, but the media has built her up, they've let her slide on every indiscrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game, trying to get Bernie Sanders out of the thing. If Republicans were doing that, they'd be warming up the gas chamber right now.
Trump Jr. later told NBC News that he stood by his remarks, but added that he was referring to executions, not the Holocaust. Trump Jr. said that he usually uses the phrase "electric chair."
The Anti-Defamation League tweeted in response: "Trivialization of the Holocaust and gas chambers is NEVER okay," and, "We hope you understand the sensitivity and hurt of making Holocaust jokes. We hope you retract."
In another incident, Trump Jr. was doing an interview on Sept. 14 with a reporter from WTAE (in Pittsburgh) who asked: "You’re a director of the Trump Foundation charity, did you sign off on charity money for a portrait?"
The portrait question was in reference to reports of Trump using money from his Trump Foundation to purchase a portrait at a charity auction, notes BuzzFeed News.
"No, I don’t know anything about that," Trump Jr. replied. "I’m not involved in it."
When the reporter pressed Trump Jr., an aide to Trump Jr. abruptly ended the interview.
Trump Jr.'s sister, Ivanka, was asked by Cosmopolitan on Sept. 14 about her dad's new child care policy: "In 2004, Donald Trump said that pregnancy is an inconvenient thing for a business. It's surprising to see this policy from him today. Can you talk a little bit about those comments, and perhaps what has changed?"
So I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions, and I think my father has put forth a very comprehensive and really revolutionary plan to deal with a lot of issues. So I don't know how useful it is to spend too much time with you on this if you're going to make a comment like that. My father obviously has a track record of decades of employing women at every level of his company, and supporting women, and supporting them in their professional capacity, and enabling them to thrive outside of the office and within.
To imply otherwise is an unfair characterization of his track record and his support of professional women. So the policies at our company reflect that, and the diversity of our workforce, from a gender perspective, and in all perspectives, reflects that. So my father has been a great advocate for the women in the workforce, and that's part of why he recognized that reform is so necessary.
...Well, you said he made those comments. I don't know that he said those comments.
The Cosmopolitan journalist countered: "This is quoted from an NBC [interview] from 2004. I definitely did not make that up. I do want to talk to you a little bit beyond the plan, as well--"
Ivanka interrupted with:
I think what I was -- there's plenty of time for you to editorialize around this, but I think he put forth a really incredible plan that has pushed the boundaries of what anyone else is talking about. On child care specifically, there are no proposals on the table. He really took ownership of this issue, and I really applaud him for doing that. I hope that, regardless of what your political viewpoint is, this should be celebrated.
The news site asked Ivanka how her dad was going pay for an increase in defense spending, plus tax cuts and a border wall.
Ivanka made references to a "total tax-reform" plan that her dad would release on Sept. 15, and added: "I'm going to jump off, I have to run. I apologize."