Donald Trump has created something of a whirling maelstrom in attempting to distract the media’s attention away from one bad thing by steering focus to another bad thing. The strategy has created a tornado of awful news, and with all of the sh*t flying around, it’s difficult to zero in on one issue.
To wit: I know that Trump thinks the media is biased against him, but if any other candidate had said what he had said about sexual harassment in the workplace (basically that harassed women should go find another job, or another career), that would be news for weeks. Trump, however, effectively diverted our attention away from his egregious sexism by basically destroying the Republican party.
Good job, Trump!
But let’s not forget that his son, Eric, also gave his two cents on what he’d think if his sister Ivanka were sexually harassed.
“Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn’t allow herself to be [subjected] to it, and by the way, you should take it up with Human Resources, and I think she would as a strong person, at the same time, I don’t think she would allow herself to be subjected to that.”
You know what else is “strong” and “powerful”? Defenseless elephants. Leopards. And other big game, but that didn’t stop them from being shot by a man with a gun, that man being Eric Trump. That’s the analogy Samantha Bee attempted to bring home here.
There was only one problem: She misidentified the dead animal that Eric Trump is holding up, and a lot of people on Twitter took Bee to task for it. Because obviously correctly identifying the dead animal is what is important here.
For those of you who completely missed the point of our joke, which animal do you feel is pictured above?— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) August 2, 2016
Bee and the Full Frontal team ultimately released a statement apologizing for incorrectly identifying the animal, and by “apologize,” I mean: Continued to mock the hell out of Eric Trump.
An official statement from the Full Frontal team. pic.twitter.com/mxZ6pVSjQ6— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) August 3, 2016
Afterwards, Bee tweeted more of Eric Trump’s big-game hunting exploits, and while the point about sexual harassment and Eric Trump’s cluelessness is well made, the sight of these dead animals is both upsetting and infuriating, which I suppose is the point. But GOD, that elephant photo.
To make it up to you, we will correctly identify animals. Here's Eric Trump with a deer hunted for its ivory tusks. pic.twitter.com/5g1exEtpLx— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) August 3, 2016
Eric Trump hurt this innocent duck and we are sad about it! pic.twitter.com/Fw0e1NItCz— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) August 3, 2016
He shooted a shark :( pic.twitter.com/RPKHiV8Tnu— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) August 3, 2016
Deeply upset to see that Tiffany Trump shot an elephant. As you can see, our animal identification classes paid off! pic.twitter.com/PJIUSMG8NZ— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) August 3, 2016
Uh, Eric Trump is more than a clueless idiot. He’s a heartless monster.