The Trump sons go hunting again. Will more trophy photos follow?

By Kerry Lauerm <http://www.washingtonpost.com/people/kerry-lauerman>
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2016/08/06/the-trump-sons-go-hunting-again-will-more-trophy-photos-follow/

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
creature
In the heat of the campaign – and during a particularly brutal week
< https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/08/05/donald-trumps-polling-problem-in-the-proverbial-one-chart/>
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
< http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-08-03/trump-campaign-does-damage-control-after-infuriating-a-top-republican>
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
< https://www.instagram.com/p/BIsUz4ohpwL/?taken-by=donaldjtrumpjr&hl=en>
photo
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
hunting
< https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/07/29/how-the-death-of-cecil-the-lion-at-the-hands-of-american-walter-palmer-has-shed-light-on-the-big-business-of-big-game/>]*

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.
Gothamist
< http://gothamist.com/2012/03/13/photos_donald_trump_sons_awesome_at.php#photo-2>
reported
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
< https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/faster-forward/post/godaddycom-ceo-faces-backlash-for-elephant-shooting/2011/03/31/AFTwBRBC_blog.html>).
The photos have regularly resurfaced ever since.
BLOG-Trump-Probably-Hates-This-News-About-Wind-Energy-0722-2015

6 thoughts on “The Trump sons go hunting again. Will more trophy photos follow?

  1. It isn’t just Trump’s sons. I’m concerned about that Sportsmen’s Act and the giveaway Democrats if that were to pass. Hunting wolves (for no reason but irrational hatred and greed) came about under Democrats, something George Bush couldn’t even accomplish! But because it was a Democrat, all the other Democratic bobble-heads shook their heads yes and agreed, for party loyalty and a (hoped-for) Democratic majority in the Senate. And remember all the not so famous who post their trophy pics. Grizzlies are going to be next, and Obama’s Democratic appointee promises that grizzly hunting is ‘right around the corner’. There is so much corruption in the two-party system it is very worrisome. I’m hoping Jill Stein’s polling numbers will be high enough to qualify for the debates. We need other voices. That corrupt gang of ours in Washington and Wall Street needs to be broken up.

    • Excellent! We have seen much deserved outrage over Cecil and Harambe. Getting these photos out should have a similar response. More and more people are disgusted with trophy hunting and the arrogant, self-satisfied hunters photo-bragging over the bodies of their victims. They put the pictures out there. Let’s make use of them!

    • At least Trump’s sons have brought attention to wildlife killing in a presidential race which would otherwise total ignore the issue. If Clinton wants to use photos of the Trumps to opportunistically push her own campaign, more power to her!
      I have not seen any statement on wildlife issues from Jill Stein or any Green congressional candidates. The best hope for stopping the aptly named bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act is to continue the gridlock in Congress. There’s a good chance it will get lost in the lame duck session, which will more likely concentrate on getting TPP passed in order to save Clinton the embarrassment of living up to her new-found opposition to TPP.

  2. Their policy on animal rights and welfare are quite intensive. If any compromise is to be made, I wish it would be against the high bar they set, and not ground level that the Democrats have descended to. I can’t believe that other parties have been shut out of the debates. Some other voice, any other voice, can only help our democracy and break up that little club. Aren’t we tired of the issues we care about only having a wing and a prayer, with the hope, for example, that the Sportsmen’s Act will stall, instead of having real protections for wildlife and getting lead out of our water and lands? I know I am. I really don’t care if some hunter can’t get his polar bear trophy.

    I’ve been reading about the election, and I see the propaganda machine is in full swing – portraying the Green Party as a bunch of kooks, eccentrics, and fringe terrorists. Actually, if I were a conspiracy theorists I’d say we have a one-party system, an oligarchy, with Trump being just a figurehead or puppet candidate, because he’s not qualified and too outrageous to be a serious candidate for President. Obviously Hillary is going to win, and with virtually no opposition. I’m taking a wait and see approach, and unless something drastic happens, I’m voting my conscience. I’d rather stick with the kooks than the crooks.

  3. I have worked with the Greens in past elections, and have no doubt that somewhere among the plethora of meetings, workshops, etc. there are proposed policies on animals. I would have thought if they were serious about these positions, they would be readily available to the public. All I can find on the Jill Stein 2016 campaign website http://www.jill2016.com/platform is a brief mention of biodiversity in the section called Protecting Mother Earth and Humanity.
    Hillary Clinton, by contrast, has a whole section on her website http://www.hillaryclinton.com/issues/protecting-animals-and-wildlife/ detailing her proposals, and her record, of supporting wildlife protection and animal welfare.
    Unfortunately, while it’s good to see some attention on the wildlife killing exploits of the Trump family, animal issues get little attention in a presidential campaign. The reason I see it as important, at least for those of us who live in states where the outcome is not predetermined, to support the Clinton campaign is to protect access to birth control at a time when control of the Supreme Court is at stake.

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