When Donald Trump Jr. appealed to Twitter for questions to ask his father during their controversial boxing commentary on the 20th anniversary of 9/11, he probably didn't plan for the sheer level of backlash he would get.
He asked for topics to discuss with his father during the "gamecast" of the Evander Holyfield-Vitor Belfort fight. Veteran commentator Jim Lampley and former champion Shawn Porter provided the commentary for the main telecast.
In addition to asking Twitter for more topics, Don Jr. assured his followers he would be asking his father about space aliens and Area 51, of all things.
The biggest fight of the year this Saturday. My Dad - President Trump- & I, are commentating and we’re going to hav… https://t.co/t7YBaoIAXt— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.) 1631320392.0
Instead of the lighthearted subjects or fawning adoration he probably expected, the Twitter comments were almost entirely criticisms—both of the fact the event was taking place on September 11 and of the Trumps in general.
@grudging1 @DonaldJTrumpJr You’ve got it wrong … you have to call the fight result rigged way before the match, tha… https://t.co/go9HritGU3— RealityCheck (@RealityCheck) 1631357711.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Yes tomorrow is a somber day. Just proves how much he cares about this country. All about me me me.— Jogi (@Jogi) 1631320852.0
@DEADLINE Good idea. Trump is well-known for his eloquence and on the fly speeches. https://t.co/MAl2hwb8gl— Robert Petersen (@Robert Petersen) 1631066137.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr It's the 20th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, so of course the worst pr… https://t.co/5a9nInss7h— Red (@Red) 1631373708.0
"You know, in many ways this fight is rigged, just like the election was rigged. But I'm a fighter. And if it wasn'… https://t.co/PBQARzw0dl— Robert Swartwood (@Robert Swartwood) 1631071885.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr You’re not paying your respects to the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11? https://t.co/jGwQAiTFnY— Dawg Resistance (@Dawg Resistance) 1631320466.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr How is this event in any way appropriate on the 20th anniversary of 9/11?— 𝚆𝚎𝚍𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝙻𝚎𝚎 𝙵𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚊𝚢 ⛈ (@𝚆𝚎𝚍𝚗𝚎𝚜𝚍𝚊𝚢 𝙻𝚎𝚎 𝙵𝚛𝚒𝚍𝚊𝚢 ⛈) 1631320510.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Will he attempt to rewrite history and tell us all about his bravery on 9/11 before or during the fight?— Michael Smith (@Michael Smith) 1631325367.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Ask him about his taxes...— michael. I have a nickel. (@michael. I have a nickel.) 1631324042.0
The pair called in to commentate on Evander Holyfield's boxing comeback on Saturday.
The fight was originally supposed to feature former multi-division champ Oscar De La Hoya, but Holyfield stepped up when De La Hoya was hospitalized and bowed out of the bout the week before the fight. Holyfield had not fought professionally since 2011, according to Deadline.
The event cost anyone who wanted to watch it a cool $49.99 on the FITE platform.