As President Trump continues to lag behind Joe Biden in the polls--in many cases by double-digit margins--the Trump campaign seems almost singularly focused not on attacking Joe Biden himself, or presenting compelling policy agreements, but rather on attacking Biden's son Hunter.
But one of the newest attacks on Hunter Biden is perhaps the richest of them all.
The President's son Donald Trump Jr. today claimed that, unlike Biden's son, he had to actually work for his high-level job in his father's company. And the internet put him right in his place.
Trump Jr. made the comments in a tweet posted early Thursday morning.
My father gave me an opportunity to work my way up in his company. Joe gave his son China.— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1603374717.0
The Trump kids are known for many things, but scrappy, by-the-bootstraps upstarts is, of course, not among them.
Even if Trump Jr. had started from the bottom and worked his way up, the company that Trump Jr. helps manage, The Trump Organization, was started by President Trump with a now infamous loan from his father of nearly $61 million--about $140 million in today's money.
Trump Jr.'s claim that Joe Biden "gave his son China" was in reference to repeated baseless claims by President Trump that Hunter Biden made millions, or sometimes billions, of dollars from a Chinese private equity firm after he accompanied Joe Biden on a diplomatic trip to China in 2013 during his tenure as Vice President.
The claims have repeatedly been debunked as baseless.
Trump Jr.'s accusation of nepotism is just the latest of a months-long effort by the Trump Campaign to paint Hunter Biden as corrupt. Earlier this week, presidential advisor Rudy Giuliani spearheaded a data dump from a laptop supposedly abandoned by Hunter Biden, a plot so dubious even Fox News refused to air it. Trump and his surrogates have also sought to cast Joe Biden's parental relationship with his son as inappropriate.
None of it has seemed to work, however: Trump's poll numbers have steadily moved in the wrong direction for weeks.
It was working on Twitter, either. Nobody was buying what Trump Jr. was selling, and the drags were swift and brutal.
@DonaldJTrumpJr What’s your story- did you start in the mail room?— Laurie Kilmartin (@Laurie Kilmartin)1603397416.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr "work my way up" If your last name wasn’t Trump you wouldn't have made it to the 2nd round of interviews at PetSmart.— Chidi®️ (@Chidi®️)1603375868.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Did your dad also give you the opportunity to steal from the kids-with-cancer charity or was that a… https://t.co/QZ4Fi0Lm1j— Martha Kelly (@Martha Kelly)1603400668.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr You were born on third base, claimed you hit a triple, and STILL haven't made it home, stupid. You… https://t.co/roLygUdMvG— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1603378215.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr You are obsessed with Hunter Biden. I’m so sorry you never received the love from your own father you so desperately need.— jen pal (@jen pal)1603375306.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr This is even sadder than the dude who revealed his dad never hugged him yesterday. You’re just an… https://t.co/n0B7vT5bO7— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1603380807.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Tell us about the actual work you did to make your way up the ladder. We’ll wait.— Frank Giugliano (@Frank Giugliano)1603376647.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr is this what he told you? roflmao— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis)1603376104.0
Trump Jr., who will celebrate his 43rd birthday in December, has never held a job outside of his father's company. He is currently an Executive Vice President of the company and co-manages it with his younger brother, Eric.