Donald Trump Jr. came under fire Monday morning for attacking Beto O'Rourke, the Texas Democrat looking to unseat Senator Ted Cruz (R) in November, over his name.
"What’s authentic about an Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic?" Trump Jr. said in a tweet. "Asking for some friend [sic] Texas." Junior doesn't have time for prepositions.
What’s authentic about an Irish guy pretending to be Hispanic? Asking for some friends Texas. https://t.co/c30OjHdN8j— Donald Trump Jr. (@Donald Trump Jr.)1539606630.0
The missing 'no' got a nod.
@DonaldJTrumpJr Wow, you really have no respect for the people that follow you. A ten year old could correct your tweet.— mrsk (@mrsk)1539607567.0
O'Rourke's full legal name is Robert Francis O'Rourke. Going by Beto is not a ploy to sound Spanish. A fourth-generation Irish-American, "Beto" is the nickname his family gave him as a child to distinguish him from his grandfather, after whom he was named.
Meanwhile, Trump Jr. is getting pummelled on Twitter for his endorsement of Canadian-born Cruz, whose first name isn't Ted - it's Rafael. And he calls himself Ted for almost the exact same reason O'Rourke goes by Beto: to distinguish himself from his father, Rafael Sr.
@MichaelAvenatti @DonaldJTrumpJr Junior does not know that it's ok to speak Spanish even if white. Cruz is Canadian. Haha. The irony.— Bohemian & Woke🍁🍂 (@Bohemian & Woke🍁🍂)1539612154.0
"Aren’t you supporting a Canadian guy named Rafael that goes by Ted?" one user wrote. "Idiot."
@DonaldJTrumpJr Aren’t you supporting a Canadian guy named Rafael that goes by Ted? Idiot.— Angry Staffer (@Angry Staffer)1539607401.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Same thing that's authentic about a Cuban Canadian 🤣🤣— scouser80 (@scouser80)1539606812.0
@AngrierWHStaff @DonaldJTrumpJr That pretty much sums it up. Get some salve for that burn Junior.— alex androvich 🌊 (@alex androvich 🌊)1539608590.0
@chrisacorbett @sooze555 @scouser80 @DonaldJTrumpJr He's actually a Texan, a real one, not a transplanted one, like Cruz.— WMR 🇨🇦 🍁 (@WMR 🇨🇦 🍁)1539609377.0
@AngrierWHStaff @DonaldJTrumpJr His middle name is Edward. That's where Ted comes from. Ted Kennedy did the same thing. His name was Edward.— Mr. Horse (@Mr. Horse)1539608327.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Or a Canadian named Rafael pretending to be from Texas...🙄🙄— George Cavanagh (@George Cavanagh)1539606696.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Let’s ask that tough as Texas Canadian Cuban guy, Rafael Eduardo Cruz.— villicus valentulus (@villicus valentulus)1539607923.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Authentic is a 4th generation Native Texan, born & raised in a city with a dominant Hispanic cultur… https://t.co/p7y8BjPRfK— LDH (@LDH)1539610404.0
Before he was president, Donald Trump himself thought Cruz was inauthentic.
@DonaldJTrumpJr What's authentic about Ted Cruz? https://t.co/i1thU5ik6h— 🍑DevinNunesFeverDream🍑 (@🍑DevinNunesFeverDream🍑)1539608115.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr @trumps_feed For the record: In the Texas Senate race, a guy born in Canada, who wants to be called… https://t.co/UxTLGEqNMB— Bob Drummond (@Bob Drummond)1539607505.0
Beto is a common nickname in Texas; is this the best Junior can do?
@DonaldJTrumpJr He has been called Beto for most of his life. As a native of Texas, it is VERY common for ANYONE w… https://t.co/zAzOwzUF5z— Tony Tellez (@Tony Tellez)1539606832.0
@LadyMagnus1994 @tonytellez @DonaldJTrumpJr I have lived in Texas my entire life. I have several friends called 'Be… https://t.co/wEJHLu96UA— Jim Gray (@Jim Gray)1539607710.0
Junior got nailed for his own authenticity problems too.
@AngrierWHStaff @al3xandrovich3 @DonaldJTrumpJr What's authentic about a "family values" conservative cheating on h… https://t.co/1OT9Xcbtb1— Mulled Whine is the pompatus of love. (@Mulled Whine is the pompatus of love.)1539609807.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Your wife left you— 🌴🕊 Stefan BC 🌹🏴 (@🌴🕊 Stefan BC 🌹🏴)1539607356.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Maybe not the best idea to try to claim cultural appropriation while daddy is drawing up more plans… https://t.co/rzhp0tZGQJ— Hoss 🆘️ (@Hoss 🆘️)1539608380.0
Trump isn't the presidential family's original name. It was Drumpf (yes really).
@DonaldJTrumpJr @HarrietKoval The grandson of a man who literally changed his name because he was so embarrassed of… https://t.co/CxXn6sEFXQ— sdɐɔǝ‾solɐɹ (@sdɐɔǝ‾solɐɹ)1539608203.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr Nothing in your family is authentic. Not even love . #glasshouses— Christy (@Christy)1539607095.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr What’s authentic about a lying old washed up reality tv star pretending to be president. Worst pres… https://t.co/htbQnYCjAp— Fight for our democracy (@Fight for our democracy)1539609894.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr What’s authentic about a rich uninformed rich kid pretending he understands politics and government policy?— ThumpTrump2020 (@ThumpTrump2020)1539606768.0
"You don't have any friends" became a recurring theme.
@DonaldJTrumpJr 1. He is fluent is Spanish. People can speak multiple languages, it's possible. 2. What's authenti… https://t.co/9cOLl8Z0c0— Ryan McNamara 🧬 (@Ryan McNamara 🧬)1539609466.0
@DonaldJTrumpJr You don't have any friends in Texas— Kris 🦡🧀🍻 (@Kris 🦡🧀🍻)1539607056.0
Michael Avenatti wasn't going to miss this chance to dig into Trump Jr. either.
"Can you confirm that you have no reason to believe that you are about to be indicted for making false stmts to federal agents?" the attorney asked. "Asking for some friends."
He added: "Btw, this could not happen to a nicer guy. Will your father continue his corruption pattern and pardon you?"
@DonaldJTrumpJr .@DonaldJTrumpJr - Can you confirm that you have no reason to believe that you are about to be indi… https://t.co/AgraddMaPI— Michael Avenatti (@Michael Avenatti)1539608855.0
@MichaelAvenatti @DonaldJTrumpJr Today would be a good day for an indictment.— Robert J Martin (@Robert J Martin)1539611421.0
@MichaelAvenatti @DonaldJTrumpJr Stay on him Michael.— carolyn (@carolyn)1539609004.0
Come on, Junior. Be best.