Donald Trump Jr.: ‘No Sitting President Has Taken the Heat’ My Father Has

By Melanie Arter | November 8, 2019 | 1:44pm EST
(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

( – Donald Trump Jr. took the co-hosts of “The View” to task for their criticism of his father’s performance as president, heralding Trump’s accomplishments and pointing out that everyone has said and done things that they regret, including co-hosts Joy Behar, who wore blackface, and Whoopi Goldberg who defended filmmaker Roman Polanski’s rape of a 14-year-old girl as not “rape-rape.”

During his appearance on ABC’s “The View,” co-host Meghan McCain, began the segment calling out the president’s treatment of Gold Star family of Humayun Khan as one example of how the president “hurt a lot of people and put a lot of people through a lot of pain,” asking whether it makes Don Jr. “feel good.


MCCAIN: Yes, and if you could let me speak, I would appreciate it. Mr. Trump, a lot of Americans in politics miss character, and a lot of people miss the soul of this country. You and your family have hurt a lot of people and put a lot of people through a lot of pain, including the Khan family, who was a gold star family who I think should be respected because of the loss of your son. Does all this make you feel good? 

TRUMP: I don't think any of that makes me feel good, but I think we got into this because we wanted to do what's right for America. My father has been working tirelessly to bring back the American dream, who’ve watched politicians with no business experience send that American dream abroad to countries that hate our guts. He’s brought jobs back. He’s created unprecedented levels of unemployment numbers for African-Americans. For Hispanic-Americans. This is fact. You can argue, but this is fact. 

GOLDBERG: No, it’s not fact. 

TRUMP: For women. Let me finish it. For women, all-time high startup businesses. So I understand that he's controversial. I understand that he's offended a lot of people, but I also understand he took on the establishment, and that's the premiere sin in American politics these days to do that.

MCCAIN: I understand, but the question is about character.

TRUMP: By the way, I’m not happy that people interpret it that way. I don't think that's our intention. 

MCCAIN:: Again, I will let you speak. Character in politics I believe is important. It was how I was raised. It's the way I view the lens of America, and I understand what you’re saying about policy, but when you are talking about attacking Gold Star families who have given the ultimate sacrifice more than any of us in this room have given and you put them through pain, does it make you feel like this was worth it? 

TRUMP: And I know he does a lot with Gold Star families, and he calls a lot of those Gold Star families, and he has a lot of care for those people, but when he’s under constant attack by the same people, when he's under attack by the establishment … the reality is this. He's a counterpuncher, and as a conservative, I would hope that you would appreciate that conservatives haven't been known for fighting back for a very long time. They’ve ceded ground to the liberals and the liberal elite for decades by not actually fighting back. So I understand we can keep going back to character. I think he has great character. I think my family has character.


Co-host Sunny Hostin interjected, pointing out that President Trump attacked Meghan McCain’s father, the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). 

Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and senior adviser for Trump’s reelection campaign, empathized with Meghan McCain but also said that President Trump has had overwhelmingly negative treatment by the press, and she called for more civility from both sides.


HOSTIN: I don’t think she appreciated that your father attacked her father. 

TRUMP: I understand, and I’m sorry about that, and they did have differences. I agree with that, and again, I'm sorry for the loss. I think you lost your aunt last night, so I do apologize for that as well.

MCCAIN: I did lose my aunt last night. Yes, I did. Thank you. It's just, for me, it would not have been worth it. This would not have been worth it, and I think people can go to the moment when my dad had stopped someone from saying Obama was a Muslim, and the pain, inflicting pain on so many people wouldn't have been worth it to me or my family to the White House, so I just want to know, is it worth it? 

TRUMP: Well listen, I think it depends on the hat that I’m wearing. For me as a citizen, as a father of kids in New York City, you know, it hasn't exactly been peaches and cream for us either, but it is worth it when I go around the country and I see people who are affected by these policies who are getting to live their American dream again, who are seeing wage growth for the lowest levels go up. When I see it happening with those people, and they tell me their stories how they're so happy they voted for my father. They're so happy he had the guts to take on those people, to not just accept the status quo, to not just accept this. 

GUILFOYLE: Here's what I would say. I know your father for so many years. Yes, and your grandmother. No finer human being. I considered him my friend. I miss him. I understand your loss. Yesterday was the anniversary of my mother passing. I lost my father Thanksgiving night. He woke me up, and said, I know this is a hard day for you. It breaks my heart to hear anybody say anything about your father. I understand that, and I know how difficult it is, and I know how difficult it is for him when everybody is attacking his family. They're out in front of our apartment. They want to put him in jail. I understand that. Having lost both of my parents to cancer. This is tough. I would like there to be more civility in politics, not personal attacks.

GOLDBERG: Can someone just say they're sorry? Can somebody just say they're sorry? 

GUILFOYLE: And I honor your father's service. 

MCCAIN: My final note, and then I don't have any more questions for you is just if you believe that, and Kimberly, we did work together, and I do know you. Try and bring civility back then. You can do it. You're in the white house. 

GUILFOYLE: And you're right. And you know what, guys? It goes both ways, and can you imagine -- honestly, and you guys you ran for president. It was absolutely brutal. They're up for re-election again - 93% negative coverage in the mainstream media about President Trump. They don't want to talk about the successes. I know the president. I know their family for 14 years.

“You're the White House. You guys are at the top,” said co-host Abby Huntsman, daughter of Jon Huntsman Jr., former Utah governor. and former U.S. ambassador to Russia for the Trump administration.

Don Jr. said no other president “has taken the heat” that his father has, which Goldberg challenged.


GOLDBERG: Suck it up. Suck it up. Suck it up. 

TRUMP: In all fairness, for eight years of Obama, there was zero criticism for anything. 

GOLDBERG: I'm sorry. Now what you can't do is you can't change the past. Obama became president, and the first thing that was said to him from the other side is, we're going to make sure you're a one-term president. We're not going to do anything to help. I'm sorry -- wait. Wait. I just want to say, who said it? I believe Mitch Mcconnell said it. 

BEHAR: McConnell said it. 

GOLDBERG: And that you can look up. 

TRUMP: Look at what's going on right now. When the Washington Post runs the article, ‘The Case for Impeachment’ 19 minutes after inauguration. Come on, guys. 

GOLDBERG: I'm just saying to you that this is -- but this is part of being president. I'm sorry. This is part -- Part of being president is having a pair that can take whatever he comes towards you. When you -- 

TRUMP: My father's got a pair. No sitting president has taken the heat that Donald Trump has. 

GOLDBERG: That is bulldog. That is bulldog. 

BEHAR: To her point, he also called Mexicans rapists. 

TRUMP: No, he said that some coming across the border are, and that’s a fact. Look at what's going on at the border.

BEHAR: Called some Mexicans rapists. He attacked the handicapped. 

TRUMP: That's also not true. 

BEHAR: Listen. We heard -- hold on. We heard the access tape where he bragged about grabbing women by their genitalia. That's what Meghan is talking about. She's talking about lowering the discourse to his level, which is horrible for this country. Even if people are working, we don't want to have a country like that. Do you understand that? 

TRUMP: We’ve all done things that we regret. If we're talking about bringing the discourse down, Joy. You have worn blackface. Whoopi, you said that Roman Polansky---

BEHAR: No, I have not. I have not. 

GOLDBERG: I'm sorry, and don’t—If you do it---

TRUMP: You’ve said that Roman Polansky, ‘it wasn't rape, rape’ when he raped a child. So let's talk about serious things. 

GOLDBERG: Let’s talk about this. You want to bring this up? The question came up -- 

BEHAR: I did not go in blackface, please. 

GOLDBERG: No, she was not in blackface. Listen, being black, I recognize blackface. This I can say, okay? I know it when I see it. So now that you’ve broken this piece of ice because I guess this is the fight you wanted -- 

TRUMP: It's not the fight I wanted, but if we’re talking about character. If we’re talking about these things--

GOLDBERG: Are you questioning my character? 

TRUMP: I'm not questioning your character. I'm talking about -- you're questioning my father's character, and I say, we all have done and said things--

GOLDBERG: I'm sorry. I didn't question anybody. I simply said that when you’re talking about your father's taken more heat than anybody else, that is not so. Instead -- 

TRUMP: As a president? 

GOLDBERG: Yes. A president. 

TRUMP: Come on, that’s ridiculous.. 

HOSTIN: The Central Park 5 took a lot more heat than your father has taken at his hands.

TRUMP: Name a president who’s taken more heat than my father. 



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