Eric Trump, son of President Donald Trump, said Sunday that while the latest round of threatsâ€”from celebrities and othersâ€”against his father and family are â€œupsetting,â€ they have to â€œroll off your back.â€
â€œThere [are] no borders for these people,â€ Trump, who is executive vice president of the Trump Organization, said during an interview on â€œSunday Morning Futuresâ€ with Maria Bartiromo. â€œListen, weâ€™re fair gameâ€”fine, weâ€™re adults. You see Johnny Depp and what he saidâ€”â€˜Iâ€™d like to go assassinate the president.â€™ Itâ€™s like, Johnny Depp has his own problems. Like how about you go back to making movies and doing your own thing.â€
Depp asked a crowd at the Glastonbury arts festival in England on Thursday, â€œWhen was the last time an actor assassinated a president?â€
But Depp, who later apologized for the comment in a statement to People magazine, calling the remark a â€œbad joke,â€ isnâ€™t the only celebrity who has suggested violence toward the president. Prior to the election, in October, actor Robert De Niro said in an outtake from the #VoteYourFuture ad that heâ€™d like to â€œpunch him in the face.â€ Singer Madonna said in January at the Womenâ€™s March on Washington that sheâ€™d â€œthought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.â€
While the threats arenâ€™t taken lightly by the Trumps, the presidentâ€™s son said his father is focused on his job as commander-in-chief and improving the lives of the American citizens through economic and political policies.
â€œHe said â€˜Iâ€™m going to improve the economy, Iâ€™m going to create jobs for this country, weâ€™re going to stop getting ripped off as a nation; Iâ€™m going to take care of our veterans. Iâ€™m going to take care of health care, Iâ€™m going to reduce taxes.â€™ Heâ€™s doing everything that he says. Heâ€™s been in office for 150-something days and I think that heâ€™s accomplished more than any president, arguably in history, has over that same period of time,â€ Trump said.
President Trump hasnâ€™t had the easiest of times getting his legislation through Congress, though. His attempts to repeal and replace ObamaCare, a campaign promise, have been fraught with obstruction from Democrat lawmakers.
â€œItâ€™s a defunct system, itâ€™s broken, itâ€™s bankrupt,â€ Trump said. â€œYou canâ€™t tell me that thereâ€™s not one Democrat out there that can come forward and say listen, â€˜we want to help. We understand that this isnâ€™t working, itâ€™s broken, that itâ€™s backward and we want to help put through proper health care legislation.â€™â€
The presidentâ€™s son also slammed the Democratic Party, saying it has neither leadership nor a message to bring to its supporters.
â€œThe DNC is half defunct. Theyâ€™ve got no money in the bank. They have no operation. You look at the head of the DNCâ€”heâ€™s quite frankly a nut job,â€ Trump said, adding, â€œAll theyâ€™re doing is obstructing and itâ€™s clearly not working because every race that comes along, every special election that comes along my father is winning.â€