Eric Trump’s ‘Three Extra Shekels’ Remark On Woodward’s Book Draws Gasps And Outrage

Eric Trump’s ‘Three Extra Shekels’ Remark On Woodward’s Book Draws Gasps And Outrage

With legendary journalist Bob Woodward’s explosive White House tell-all Fear burning up the charts, Team Trump has been working overtime to discredit the book and sully Woodward’s personal reputation. During a Fox and Friends appearance Wednesday morning, second large adult son Eric Trump attacked the book as “sensational nonsense.”

He also made another observation.

“Don’t you think people look through the fact, you can write some sensational, nonsense book, CNN will definitely have you on there because they love to trash the president?” the Trump scion asked. “It’ll mean you sell three extra books, you make three extra shekels, at the behest of the American people, at the behest of our country, that’s doing a phenomenal job by every quantifiable metric. Is that really where we are?”

Now, besides the fact that Eric Trump obviously doesn’t know what the word “behest” means, the use of “shekels” here really stands out as it is generally only used by anti-Semites and white supremacists. (The shekel is the current form of currency in Israel and was also used by ancient Israelites.)

After Trump’s interview, folks took to Twitter to express their disbelief and outrage that the presidential son would just casually drop that term while slamming a journalist.

Meanwhile, the sewer of the internet is stoked that Eric Trump had tossed out “shekels” on air.

The funny thing is that Woodward isn’t even Jewish — was he confusing Woodward with Carl Bernstein, his Watergate reporting partner?

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.