Fox host Eric Bolling tried to turn Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, into a liberal media victim after he received a threatening letter with some white powder. But only one of the four guests was buying it and she conflated the adult Eric with Trump’s nine year-old son who lives elsewhere.
On Fox’s Cashin’ In, Bolling tried to promote a ridiculous narrative that there was not enough outrage on Eric Trump’s behalf because he is not the son of a Democratic presidential candidate.
The segment started with a FOX News Alert, even though the threatening letter had been received Thursday and was old news by today.
Bolling said, “An investigation underway after a threatening letter and white powder were reportedly sent to the New York apartment of one of Donald Trump’s sons.”
Guest Gina Loudon, a conservative talk show host, was there to talk about “why there is not more outrage about this,” as Bolling said in his introduction.
Loudon said, “They threatened his children at this point and his children are not all adults. You don’t see him a lot but Donald Trump has a little nine year-old boy. I have a nine year-old boy. The thought that this isn’t more of an outrage after what we’ve seen with the way the media has protected Sasha and Malia Obama and the way they protected Chelsea Clinton for all these years. Where is the outrage for this little nine year-old boy whose life has just been threatened?”
CBS News reported that the letter did threaten harm to Trump’s children if he didn’t drop out of the presidential campaign but it was sent to his adult son. CBS also reported that a preliminary test found the powder was not hazardous. So how much danger did this really pose to Trump's youngest son?
But Bolling did not bother to challenge Loudon and moved on to ask Juan Williams, “Is there an unfair and unbalance in respect to something like this?”
Williams said, “Of course not! Who is in support of sending a threatening letter and potential poison to anyone?”
Conservative Jonathan Hoenig laughed at the premise. “This isn’t like Patty Hearst getting kidnapped here. He was sent some powder but this is really normal, Eric, for people in the public eye.” Hoenig added that President Obama gets “something like 30 death treats a day” and his kids have been threatened, too.
Bolling turned to Real Clear Politics’ Rebecca Berg. “When it gets into, like, the opinion and the outrage, they are completely outraged if something like this were to happen on the left but when it happens on the right we’ll cover it as straight news,” Bolling complained.
Berg wasn't a taker either. “It’s hard to quantify that, really,” she told Bolling. Then she agreed with Hoenig. “This happens so much that we actually have become, I think, sadly, a little bit desensitized to this sort of thing.” She noted there are constant threats to the candidates and that something similar had happened to Marco Rubio that caused his campaign headquarters to be evacuated, not long before he dropped out of the race. “So this happens a lot, it’s very unfortunate, but I think that’s probably why there isn’t this sort of shock that you would expect," she said.
“OK, I’ll let you get by with that,” Bolling said grudgingly. But he insisted he’s “very concerned" about a candidate's family being threatened, "not because it’s Trump.” This, from the guy who diminished the assault complaint by reporter Michelle Fields against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski – shortly before Fields was booted from Cashin' In reportedly because she couldn’t be impartial enough toward Trump.
Meanwhile, Loudon made another embarrassing attempt to paint the Trump’s “children” as media victims. “The media isn’t covering this the way they did when there was a doll made in the likeness of one of the Obama kids or when someone said something about Chelsea Clinton’s appearence," Loudon continued. "There is a protective nature of the media for the Democrats that is not the same as it is for Donald Trump and for the Republicans.”
Hoenig told Bolling, "I share your concern." Then he seemed to take a dig at Trump, saying, “That’s why I think It’s important that all the candidates speak out against any type of violence, any type of shenanigans like this hurled against any other candidate. It’s not to be accepted. The debate should be about ideas not threats, not fists, not anything that comes down to force.”
Williams piled on by noting that you can’t just ignore that Trump is a provocateur himself and Trump’s events have seen violence and fights.
Bolling whined that Williams was blaming Trump for some wacko sending a letter and powder to one of his kids.
Williams insisted otherwise and said such behavior is to be "thoroughly condemned." But, “When you get into the public area, as Gina was saying, and there’s violence and there’s provocative statements, maybe you engender this kind of behavior.”
Which got Bolling almost sputtering to continue painting Trump as a victim.
Watch it below, from the March 19 Cashin' In, an ironic name given that Bolling has cashed it in as a Trump supporter.
Oh, boy — another wingnut who can’t understand why we don’t ALL get the same level of protection the children of sitting US Presidents do.
It might interest you to know, Gina, that Trump has USSS protection, a privilege extended to any presidential candidate who asks for it in the wake of RFK’s assassination back in 1968 . . . you should learn the facts before you spout off — wait, I forgot, you’re a conservative columnist; never mind . . .