an <http://www.washingtonpost.com/people/kerry-lauerman> August 6 at 6:00 AM
What went so wrong with Trump sons that they could kill this beautiful
In the heat of the campaign – and during a particularly brutal week
for their father — Donald Trump’s two sons suddenly disappeared. Donald
Jr. and Eric, according to reports, left the country on a hunting trip.
Beyond that, curiously little is known. Bloomberg Politics reported
that the trip was a fundraiser for a foundation run by family members
of Tyrone Woods, a Navy SEAL slain in the Benghazi, Libya, attack. Various
political reporters heard that they fled to the Yukon, a favorite hunting
location of Donald Jr. He then posted an Instagram
of himself with his son, which showed them in Canada for a “Father son
trip” — but in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
The campaign didn’t respond to requests for more information. Their media
silence could very well be just mean they’re on a needed vacation. But it
could also be a way to dodge the uncomfortable subject of the Trump sons’
well-documented love of hunting — a subject that stalks them on social
media like one of the very large predators they have killed for sport.
*[The death of Cecil the lion and the big business of big game trophy
It all started in 2012, when photos of the sons with big-game trophies
leaked to an animal rights group, and then exploded on social media.
that the photos showed the men posing with “a dead elephant, kudu, civet
cat and waterbuck while on a big game safari in Zimbabwe.” In one shot,
Gothamist said, “Donald Jr. proudly holds a dead elephant tail in one hand
and a knife in the other. In another, the brothers are seen standing beside
a 12’8″ crocodile hanging from a noose off a tree.”
It was a time when big-game hunting became a fresh cause for social media
shaming (see GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons, and his notorious elephant video
The photos have regularly resurfaced ever since.