After President Trump appointed his personal physician to be head of the Veterans Affairs office, despite his lack of experience in administering a huge organization or in veterans affairs, it’s understandable if the Trump’s are a little thin-skinned about it.
Apparently, Donald Trump Jr. is on edge about this latest appointment of someone who is completely unqualified for the job, so he jumped up to protest when the venerable BBC wrote a headline that was not to his liking.
Donald Jr. may have thought he was defending dear old dad’s choice of the doctor who declared the cheeseburger eating overweight president the picture of health. But Donald Jr.’s prissy response drew a blast of tweets from others to put him in his place.
Here, first, is what the BBC wrote:
Trump picks his doctor to replace Shulkin as veterans secretary https://t.co/wXZkhipmT2
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 28, 2018
Now that he is getting divorced, Don Jr. found time on his hands to snootily reply:
You mean ADMIRAL Ronny Jackson who BTW was also Obama’s doctor? Just so we are clear and eliminate any of what your conveniently misleading headline suggests. https://t.co/xqxKsuqupe
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 28, 2018
Don Jr. even provided a memo showing that Doc Ronny also took care President Obama.
Then came the reactions, ranging from a lesson in basic journalism about what constitutes an accurate headline to a definition of why being the house doctor is different than being appointed to run a troubled organization with the second largest staff of any bureaucracy in all of the federal government.
Guess you didn’t read the article huh Donny? Not really anything wrong with a headline stating a fact, you know. It’s a fairly standard core idea for proper journalism.
— Joel Birch (@JoelDTD) March 28, 2018
There were several tweets to point out the headline is accurate and then the comments got more pointed, getting more and more personal.
How are those divorce proceedings coming along?
— Pura Vida! (@DodgersLife12) March 28, 2018
Your wife is leaving you because you're going to prison.
— Patrick S. Tomlinson (@stealthygeek) March 28, 2018
Lollll remember when your dad had to take a competency test.
Also remember when your dad had bone spurs and couldn’t serve.
And how he doesn’t give you any responsibility or power.
And how your wife left you because of tweets like this one
— Alyssa Marie (@issyelliot) March 28, 2018
I see that Grandpa Spouting Off Disorder is genetic on his father's side. Maybe ADMIRAL Jackson can prescribe him something for that.
— Andrew Hopkins (@AndrewHopkins86) March 28, 2018
Others went after the storm of scandals hovering over the First Son’s head.
Misleading would be like someone saying that they met with the Russians to discuss adopting Russian children, but discussing a completely different subject.
— Henry Marquard (@hdm2001) March 28, 2018
Any doctor that thinks your dad is a healthy weight is questionable at best.
— Rich Swinton (@RicoSuaveJD) March 28, 2018
Has Don Jr. seen those pictures of his dad on the golf course with his butt pushed out, while everyone else has, and that is not a picture of 239 pounds of health.
Yes the military officer he ordered to say that he weighs 239 pounds. pic.twitter.com/gOn9k5qvun
— Stamford Winklevoss (@winklevosss) March 28, 2018
Then there were those who pointed out the difference between being the White House doctor and running a huge bureaucracy that is in deep trouble.
Yeah, that one…the one who has no experience as an administrator of anything, let alone the second largest bureaucracy in the U.S. government. Not good for veterans, only good for your father. Bad for the country. You are and will always remain a knee-jerk moron.
— Jennifer Davis (@daviscafe116) March 28, 2018
Don Jr. has moved on to other topics so it is unclear if he has seen or cares about the negative reaction his tweet evoked, but the comments that matter are still to come – from the Senators who have to interview and vote on Doctor Ronny’s qualifications for the job.
It appears the chief reason that he’s been given the new position is that he’s a pal of the president. If that’s all it takes, why didn’t Trump just make Don Jr. head of the VA? After all, he has so much experience as a hunter, failed husband, businessman and Russian collaborator. Quite the resume indeed.