Donald Trump is many things. He’s a billionaire, a staunch conservative, the target of many bad hair jokes and, in case you missed it somehow, he’s also running for President of the United States. Trump is also the father of five children: three sons and two daughters. Last summer, Trump went on record defending his two eldest sons, Donald Jr. (Don) and Eric, who are big game hunters. When the public learned about the sons’ penchant for killing, the elder Trump defended and complimented his sons. Now, thousands are calling on the presidential candidate to change his tune.
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Back in 2011, the pair of killer Trumps traveled to Africa to slay some exotic wild animals, with the help of one of the many safari guide companies who profit from rich hunters. The two took down an African leopard, a water buffalo, and an elephant, among several other animals. Like many ego-driven safari hunters, the Trumps documented their trophies in a number of photographs. Fast forward to the early days of the presidential campaign when photos of the Trump sons resurfaced. One image shows the brothers flashing toothy grins as Eric (now 32) holds up the lifeless corpse of a majestic leopard. Another photograph shows Don (now 38) posing with the tail of the deceased elephant, which had been severed from the elephant’s body.
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The elder Trump’s response makes it clear that he supports his sons in their endeavor to kill rare, defenseless animals for sport. In the midst of the controversy surrounding the killing of Cecil the Lion by American dentist Walter Palmer, the presidential candidate was quoted by The Telegraph in July 2015 as saying, “My sons love to hunt. They are members of the NRA, very proudly. I am a big believer in the Second Amendment. But my sons are hunters, Eric is a hunter and I would say he puts it on a par with golf, if not ahead of golf. My other son, Don, is a hunter. They’re great marksman, great shots, they love it.”
Trump was quick in his attempt to counterbalance that statement, saying that he is “not necessarily in favor” of hunting rare or endangered animals and that he doesn’t participate, preferring to play golf instead. But, anyone with parents knows full well that if your father thinks a behavior is wrong or immoral, he’s going to let you know that. By complimenting his sons’ hunting prowess, this father has clearly and unequivocally encouraged the “sport” that results in thousands of dead animals each year, many of whom belong to protected species.
Join us in demanding that Trump change his position on big game hunting immediately, and stop encouraging his sons to hunt wild, exotic animals. The killings aren’t fun or funny, and trophy hunting is nothing a presidential candidate should be proud of his progeny for committing.
Images via Hunting Legends