'Sensational nonsense': Eric Trump slams Bob Woodward's book, says the veteran reporter wrote it 'to make 3 extra shekels'
- Eric Trump on Wednesday slammed journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear," during an appearance on "Fox and Friends," describing it as "sensational nonsense."
- The president's son dismissed the allegations in Woordward's book and said he wrote it to make "three extra shekels," and was subsequently accused of being anti-Semitic.
- Trump also used Wednesday's appearance to bash Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, which are set for November 6.
Eric Trump on Wednesday slammed journalist Bob Woodward's new book, "Fear," during an appearance on "Fox and Friends," describing it as "sensational nonsense."
Woodward's book paints a chaotic portrait of life in the Trump administration, depicting President Donald Trump as an inept, erratic leader who is routinely undermined by his top advisers. The president has referred to the book as a "work of fiction."Eric followed his father's lead in his appearance on "Fox and Friends" and dismissed the allegations in Woodward's book while claiming he wrote it to make "three extra shekels."
Eric was subsequently accused by some of using an anti-Semitic slur over the reference to "shekels" and faced backlash on social media. The shekel is the official currency of Israel.
Some felt Eric was playing into the conspiracy that the media is controlled by Jews. Woodward, however, is not Jewish.
Eric also used Wednesday's appearance to bash Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, which are set for November 6. He claimed Democrats have no message other than being anti-Trump.
But recent polls suggest his father and the Republican Party could be in trouble when it comes to this year's elections, as the president is rapidly losing favor with independent voters and is unpopular nationwide.
ERIC TRUMP attacks Democrats: "Anti-law enforcement, high taxes, and elimination of plastic straws is not a message that will win in November."- Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 12, 2018
ERIC TRUMP then dismisses WOODWARD book as "sensational nonsense" he wrote "to make 3 extra shekels." pic.twitter.com/GuTXMpPLHG
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
Eric Trump saying Woodward wrote his book to make "three extra shekels" is incredibly anti-semitic & intentional.- Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) September 12, 2018
There's no reason to refer to an Israeli money unit other than to resort to hate-mongering stereotypes of a "greedy Jewish media."
Red meat for the deplorable base.
Thinking Eric Trump is perhaps a skosh antisemitic. https://t.co/hZxKqGV9oR- Emily Brandwin (@CIAspygirl) September 12, 2018
Here's where we are: the racist/anti-semitic/white nationalist signaling from Trumpworld is so ubiquitous that it no longer shocks. Example: Eric Trump says Bob Woodward did his book for "three extra shekels" and everyone shrugs. https://t.co/Fzbc6FVhlh- Touré (@Toure) September 12, 2018