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 said this morning that Bob Woodward made "three extra shekels at the behest of the American people" with his book.
Is Eric too stupid to know he's being anti-Semitic?
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 12, 2018
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.”
Outrageous. If you want to see how the neo-Nazis use the term "shekels" take a quick glance at The Daily Stormer. Eric Trump’s ‘three extra shekels’ attack on Bob Woodward is not some accident any more than Hillary Clinton's image over a Star of David. https://t.co/DyJTcqyX4H
— (((JonathanWeisman))) (@jonathanweisman) September 12, 2018
Um, wow. The only people who refer to being paid off as wanting "extra shekels" are Israelis speaking Hebrew and anti-Semites speaking English outside Israel. Eric Trump doesn't speak Hebrew, so you know exactly who he has been reading online. https://t.co/evuub9L1xV
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) September 12, 2018
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