The First Son was responding to student opposition to a planned Chick-Fil-A on Duquesne University campus. The restaurant has come under fire repeatedly over the last decade for opposing equal rights protections for LGBT Americans.
“Chick-fil-A has a questionable history on civil rights and human rights,” Niko Martini, a Student Government Association Senator at Large, wrote to the Duquesne Duke. “I think it’s imperative the university chooses to do business with organizations that coincide with the [university’s] mission and expectations they give students regarding diversity and inclusion.”
Many praised activists for taking the stand, but for the President’s son, this made them a target for public ridicule:
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 13, 2017
While the younger Trump tried to cowardly hide behind social media, Twitter returned his venom in full:
Your complete obliviousness to oppression and the plight of others is so baffling. You are so far removed and privileged beyond belief.
— Jillian Winkler (@jilliangwinkler) April 13, 2017
@FLOTUS how's that social media anti-bullying campaign going??
— Amy Rovin (@MomRovin) April 13, 2017
The idea that the President's son is tweeting insults to a marginalized group of American citizens is wrong on so many levels. Sad.
— 🇺🇸Marion Gallagher🇺🇸 (@mhgal704) April 13, 2017
also, your family are among the softest cowards this country has to offer, so you might want to reconsider the tact that others have it easy
— dc118 (@dc118) April 13, 2017
your dad likes his son-in-law more than you or your brother
— Come Drink With Tse ☂️ (@CarmanTse) April 13, 2017
There can be no doubt that mocking students fighting for equality is an egregious abuse of Donald Jr.’s inherited influence, and it’s also an important reminder of why protective measures are necessary for our country’s minority populations.
Even in the highest reaches of power, there are bullies with nothing better to do than pick fights with the historically oppressed. Sad.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com