Eric Trump, the son of former President Donald Trump, made a fervent appeal on Fox News in the aftermath of his father's contentious testimony in a civil fraud trial—and was swiftly mocked for it.
He directed his comments towards New York Attorney General Letitia James, urging her to consider the well-being of the "thousands" of blue-collar workers employed by the Trump Organization, who would be profoundly affected by the potential dissolution of the organization.
And after he claimed there was "no crime" to network personality Sean Hannity, people weighed in online with a brutal fact check that noted his father and the Trump Organization have already been found guilty of fraud.
You can hear what he said in the video below.
Eric Trump staunchly maintained that there “was no crime” in the family business despite Judge Arthur Engoron's prior ruling indicating otherwise.
Engoron's September decision held the former President and his two adult sons liable for "persistent and repeated" fraud, leading to the revocation of the Trump Organization's business licenses and James seeking a $250 million penalty.
But Eric Trump nonetheless said:
"I can't believe this is being allowed to happen in New York. There is no crime. There is no victim."
"Our banks made hundreds of millions of dollars off of us. Our banks love us. They never called a default on us."
"It doesn't make sense. There's bad people out there every day that mess around in business. They cause harm."
"No one has been harmed—the exact opposite in fact. Our banks, I keep on saying, have made a ton of money and love us. It doesn't make any sense, Sean."
People weren't buying Eric Trump's victim complex however—and swiftly fact-checked his claims about there being "no crime."
Eric Trump contended that the legal proceedings were politically motivated and claimed that Attorney General James had been seeking to target his father for the past six years, portraying the situation as emblematic of the current state of the United States.
He seized the opportunity to depict the legal battle as an assault on those with no involvement in the alleged fraud, a sentiment echoed by his father in other legal cases, where he framed prosecutions as attacks on his supporters.
He also insisted there are "thousands of people that are collateral damage to Letitia James’ games, and she doesn’t give a damn," expressing his belief that James "wants to put those people in peril."