In words that echoed his older sister Ivanka's statements before a group of Trump donors, Eric Trump stated the source of his moral fiber in an oped for The Hill was his father. At the end of the oped, the second son of Donald and Ivana Trump wrote:
"To quote the great Marcus Aurelius from The Gladiator, 'Your faults as a son are my failures as a father.' I owe all of my work ethic, character, integrity, and moral fiber to my father. Hunter Biden can say the same."
And in reactions that mirrored those his sister received, the public let the younger Trump know the resemblance was obvious.
@EricTrump @thehill Penned by the son of the guy caught attempting to undermine US democracy for personal gain & wh… https://t.co/jITS0jo5F6— Derek R. Audette (@Derek R. Audette) 1570134217.0
For @EricTrump to quote about fatherly failures on character and moral fiber are actually spot on. #DaddyOfTheYear… https://t.co/WE1jsUmv5x— Vicky G. (@Vicky G.) 1570213197.0
Eric Trump shared his oped to his Twitter account.
Enjoyed writing this very direct Op-Ed for @TheHill. The double standards stop now... Eric Trump: Hypocrisy: An u… https://t.co/iVtKqsK8lN— Eric Trump (@Eric Trump) 1570133539.0
@EricTrump @thehill Dude you can write? And talking about hypocrisy. #TrumpCrimeFamily— Herb Brooks (@Herb Brooks) 1570133874.0
The title hypocrisy and Eric Trump calling out others for receiving unfair advantages struck people as a lack of self-awareness.
@EricTrump @thehill You’ve been on the upper level of the playing field your whole life. Really thing some inner re… https://t.co/UmewOXXmuS— Rene' (@Rene') 1570136006.0
@EricTrump @thehill Talk about Hypocrisy Any Deals at the Southern WH ? https://t.co/Hlk6zWICSP— janice hotchkiss (@janice hotchkiss) 1570133810.0
@EricTrump @thehill Yup, end the double standard, Scotland and Ireland should investigate the Trumps for CORRUPTION… https://t.co/lY6AK4zOPd— Jim Edwards (@Jim Edwards) 1570158439.0
@EricTrump @thehill Totally agree about double standards. We should also investigate you. How much have you and… https://t.co/GCjP8Pf8e8— JA II: The Revenge (@JA II: The Revenge) 1570158196.0
@EricTrump @GOPChairwoman @thehill The lack of self awareness here is astonishing. am not surprised that Ronna t… https://t.co/TC83ApSRom— sherrybb (@sherrybb) 1570156667.0
@EricTrump @thehill Daddy is on his way out. BTW Pompeo, Barr, Giuliani and the rest of Daddy's co-conspirators are… https://t.co/WwqLDvv0UN— MAGA Mingle (@MAGA Mingle) 1570134095.0
@EricTrump @thehill Time to investigate the Trump kids— Mike (@Mike) 1570133816.0
@EricTrump @thehill Congress needs to investigate Ivanka and Jared asap.— longhorn gal (@longhorn gal) 1570139430.0
@EricTrump @thehill That’s rich coming from the .............. https://t.co/8ZAQRonPhA— Diane🌼🌷🇨🇦 (@Diane🌼🌷🇨🇦) 1570134521.0
@EricTrump @thehill They are going to investigate you and your brother for the Scotland dealings and your sister fo… https://t.co/wSdLv9VSSP— Sam Taylor (@Sam Taylor) 1570134389.0
@EricTrump @thehill 😂🤣😂🤣like your sister and her deals with China. https://t.co/g0OPoThLGr— AnaheimDucksFor8ever 🐶🇺🇸 (@AnaheimDucksFor8ever 🐶🇺🇸) 1570133671.0
@Angelsfan4life @EricTrump @thehill An investigation should have been done on Ivanka and Kushner long ago— Julie (@Julie) 1570134186.0
The oped came after an equally poorly received Eric Trump interview on Fox News that attacked Hunter Biden for his "privilege" and "advantages."
Hunter Biden "didn't know anything about the industry he was in, he didn't have any discernible duties, and he's ge… https://t.co/NpE1foEd6U— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022)) 1570070822.0
@TrumpWarRoom @EricTrump Hey, is this “Eric Trump” related to the president by any chance?— Kevin M. Kruse (@Kevin M. Kruse) 1570108804.0
@TrumpWarRoom @EricTrump Eric sounds really jealous of Hunter, especially a day after Scotland rejected his Turnber… https://t.co/aYZWm4ykeT— Cait Featherstone (@Cait Featherstone) 1570119119.0
One Twitter user, @metten, summed up Eric Trump's oped for those who didn't want to read it.
1) That's not the name of the movie. 2) I don't know who you're calling great: Marcus Aurelius the philosopher and… https://t.co/LctK9PiIQR— metten (@metten) 1570212488.0
3) The rest of that article is you taking credit for the work of others. That rambling piece of self-promotional h… https://t.co/XaSw4ZhgJr— metten (@metten) 1570212518.0
Last week the Speaker of the House announced a formal impeachment inquiry would begin on Donald Trump. Since then, the President and those around him have scrambled to shift focus, blame others and proclaim the actions they admitted to were justified.
Eric Trump's full court press on Hunter Biden is just one more piece in that plan that seems to be failing on all fronts.