When Donald Trump Jr. Yucked Up The Aurora Theater Massacre

UPDATE: The Denver Post’s John Frank:

Sandy Phillips, the mother of Jessica Ghawi, who died in the attack, issued a statement saying “this recording shows the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

“This recording goes beyond politics — it’s disturbing and painful,” Phillips said in a statement released by Democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“We’ve already known that his father is a crass, blustery billionaire who cares zero about other people’s struggles or pain,” she added.


Donald Trump, Jr.

Donald Trump, Jr.

CNN broke a story yesterday about Donald Trump Jr., who was in town yesterday campaigning for his dad, that is just now starting to trickle down into local media–and it’s outraging pretty much everyone in our state who hears it:

On shows like “Opie and Anthony,” the now-defunct “The Six Pack,” and “Opie with Jim Norton,” the younger Trump made a joke about the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, expressed regret he could no longer mock overweight people, invoked Arab stereotypes, and joked about child beauty contestants being abused by their parents…

In July 2012, on the same day a gunman killed 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, Trump Jr. joked about still giving the movie “two thumbs up.”

Trump Jr. made the comment on “Opie and Anthony” after soundbites were played of witnesses speaking about the tragedy.

“Everything was going good until, uh, we saw gas and sparks, and sounded like really strong fireworks, uh, and then you just hear people yelling and actually just a few, uh, rows away from me a girl gets up holding her jaw. I guess she had got shot,” a witness said.

“Overall I give the movie two thumbs up,” Trump Jr. exclaimed in reaction.

Among the first to respond to this story was Morgan Carroll, longtime representative of the vicinity of the Century Theater in Aurora and now a candidate for Congress:

She released a statement about Trump Jr’s comments saying, “The tragic Aurora shooting happened just five minutes from my house, in the district I was elected to represent. Donald Trump Jr. should apologize immediately to the families and victims affected by this terrible tragedy. The loss of life, and horror faced by this community and all in that theater that day, is no joke.”

Through his spox, incumbent GOP Rep. Mike Coffman of Aurora also expresses a measure of displeasure:

Coffman’s spokeswoman, Cinamon Watson, said of Trump Jr.’s comment, “That’s a filthy, disgusting, lewd, awful thing to say. He should be embarrassed and ashamed.”

We haven’t seen any evidence that Junior is in fact ashamed–or any reports about him at all since yesterday’s abortive whistlestop at The Sink in Boulder, which was moved after The Sink’s owners informed the Trump campaign that they need to have permission to invade their restaurant for a campaign event:

But as you can see from these crass remarks about the Aurora theater shooting and the dozens of our neighbors killed and wounded there, Donald Junior doesn’t just say the word “deplorable.”

He lives it.

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:

    The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

  2. FrankUnderwood says:

    I really think he opens his pie-hole and says the stuff he says so dad doesn't look quite as bad in comparison.

    Kind of like the effect George W. Bush had on how people viewed George H.W. Bush's presidency in hindsight.

  3. Duke Cox says:

    He does touch on a very real irritant under the GOP saddle. He mentions the "elite" and says it is they that have rigged things against his "non-elite" father.

    He is skirting the very real animus between the "established" super-wealthy versus the "nouveau riche" super-wealthy. Donald and his clan are little but white trash to the uppity gazillionaires of New York and the Lords of Wall Street. 

  4. Gray in Mountains says:

    It is too bad our form of government doesn't allow CO to ban this dude, and others of his ilk, from our borders 

  5. FrankUnderwood says:

    The villagers arrived with pitchforks and torches….

    Got to witness a gaggle of deplorables at the corner of Speer and Lincoln yesterday afternoon waving their Trump-Pence banners" and wearing their "Make America Great Again" caps. 

    But why obhter in Denver? Shouldn't they be doing that in Colo Spgs, Grand Junction, and Highlands Ranch? I'm reminded of Barry Goldwater's famous statement in Oct. 1964 when he re-directed his campaign to the south. He said, "I'm going hunting where the duck are."  

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