Bill Kristol slams Eric Trump over 'shekels' comment

Source: The Hill | September 12, 2018 | Emily Birnbaum

Conservative commentator Bill Kristol slammed Eric Trump on Wednesday over his comments alleging that veteran journalist Bob Woodward published his latest book in order to make “three extra shekels.”

Kristol, a vocal critic of President Trump who serves as editor-at-large of the conservative Weekly Standard magazine, posted a Twitter poll asking if the president’s second oldest son was “too stupid to know he’s being anti-Semitic,” with the options “yes,” “no” and “not mutually exclusive.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 16,000 people had voted in the poll, with “yes” and “not mutually exclusive” at 44 and 45 percent, respectively.

Eric Trump faced backlash throughout the day Wednesday over the “shekels” comment, which some say evokes stereotypes associating Jews with corruption and greed.   

“Shekel” is the currency used in ancient and modern-day Israel.

The younger Trump made the comments while denouncing Woodward’s latest book, “Fear: Trump in the White House,” calling it “nonsense.”

The president and several top advisers have blasted the book in recent days, accusing Woodward of portraying a false image of the White House.

“Don’t you think people look through the fact that you can write a sensational, nonsense book, CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president,” Eric Trump said on “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday morning. “It will mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels.”


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