President Donald Trump’s eldest son appears not to have read past the headline before blasting 2020 presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg.
In a recent editorial, the Democratic mayor of South Bend, Ind., discussed automation in the workforce. The title of his piece was “We Cannot Find Greatness in the Past.”
Donald Trump Jr. used a screenshot of that headline to make his statement.
“Did you know [Buttigieg] says we can’t find greatness in the past?!” he wrote. “Someone teach him about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil Rights Movement, storming Normandy, landing on the moon, the collapse of the Berlin War [sic]…”
Did you know @MayorPete says we can’t find greatness in the past?! Someone teach him about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil Rights Movement, storming Normandy, landing on the moon, the collapse of the Berlin War… pic.twitter.com/UfGGpePMtq
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 16, 2019
Shortly thereafter, Trump Jr. was bombarded with mockery for apparently missing — or ignoring — the point of the article.
One user wrote that she “went to the site” to find out the author’s actual message.
“He devotes a whole chapter in his book to how much he admires WWI and WWII vets,” the post continued. “This blatant lie shows that GOP is genuinely scared of him.”
In addition to taking Buttigieg’s headline out of context, some of the social-media derision focused on his reference to the “Berlin War,” presumably referring to the Berlin Wall.
“Did you think your dad was saying ‘build a war’ this whole time?” one user replied.