There is precisely one thing that any given member of the Trump family genuinely cares about: themself. The former president and the nepotic parasites he calls his children often claim to care about a litany of things: patriotism, the welfare of American workers, the military, free speech… The reality, of course, is that they only pretend to care about these things because they know that admitting the truth—that they’re sociopaths solely concerned with their own wealth and power—would alienate the gullible rubes who form the MAGA movement.
Sometimes this faux concern for their supporters is implied, but other times it’s made so overt as to be laughable. Such was the case today when Donald Trump Jr. tweeted about Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s recent vanity trip to outer space. The disgraced former president’s son shared a clip of Bezos thanking Amazon’s workers and customers for making the trip possible—a disingenuous bit of rhetoric itself from the billionaire—with a sarcastic caption.
“They sure did,” wrote Trump Jr. of Bezos’s claim that Amazon workers helped pay for the space trip. “I bet they’d rather have gotten a raise.”
While Amazon workers would certainly appreciate a raise as well as better work conditions, the idea that Donald Trump Jr. cares one iota about them is preposterous. The Republican Party he adores has repeatedly blocked efforts to increase the federal minimum wage and the judges that the GOP has stuffed into our Judicial Branch regularly rule in favor of corporations over workers. Despite its recent efforts to rebrand as the opposite, the GOP is an anti-worker party.
Don Jr.’s decision to focus on Amazon rather than his sister Ivanka’s sweatshop practices in Indonesia or his father’s refusal to pay contractors for work completed demonstrates how little he actually cares. He’s targeting Bezos because his father hates Bezos, partially out of jealousy of his enormous wealth and partially because he owns The Washington Post which printed some of the more damaging articles about Donald Trump’s White House.
The simple fact is that Amazon should pay its workers better but supporting right-wing politicos like Donald Trump Jr. isn’t the way to accomplish such changes. Voting for progressive Democrats and then holding them accountable to pass stronger labor protections and raise wages is the only tried and true way to force corporations like Amazon to play fair.
They sure did. I bet they’d rather have gotten a raise. https://t.co/6TZ1Boj9Ch
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 21, 2021
The responses to Don Jr.’s tweet were predictably brutal.
When @DonaldJTrumpJr bets employees would have preferred a raise, you know something is wrong. Not only should he probably take that advice himself, how dare he say it about someone else? Damn… https://t.co/IqqiC15lnO
— TheMissingLink5 (@MissingLink5_) July 21, 2021
Gee because you do not like the man you want him to raise wages.
How about raises for all your employees? https://t.co/E8nWipNtIN
— Mike Reed (@mreedoak) July 21, 2021
The most ironic version of class warfare. https://t.co/0iwfYhTd57
— Citizen Stewart (@citizenstewart) July 21, 2021
That's funny, your daddy took pay raises away from 800,000 employees. Did you tweet any support for them? https://t.co/WcvLkBFvX3
— Bill D (@BillSomhigh36) July 21, 2021
At least he’s not scamming charities out of money and running fake a University that swindled its students entire savings accounts. https://t.co/4J4iQLL4VF
— Laurel Ann (@LaurelAnn78) July 21, 2021
Even more people would like it if daddy Former Guy hadn't given big business, like Amazon, those yuuge tax cuts.
— LINDZEE (@WVUMAMA2) July 21, 2021
Is daddy ever gonna pay the contractors he stiffed in Atlantic City?
— Da Bag (@DaBag) July 21, 2021
Didn’t you pay to shoot an elephant?
— conner4real4real (@conner4real2) July 21, 2021
What's the starting pay for housekeeping at any of your hotels?
— "International Strategery" (Ret.) (@IntlMergers) July 21, 2021
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This is a staff report from former Occupy Democrats Editor in Chief Colin Taylor or contributor Rob Haffney.