If you had the opportunity to ask a member of Donald Trump’s family a question, what would you ask?
Arab-American comedian Mo Amer found himself contemplating this very real possibility when he was recently bumped up to business class on a flight from the US to Scotland, and found himself sitting next to none other than Eric Trump. The President-elect’s son was apparently flying to Glasgow to check in on the family’s golf course.
“Hey guys heading to Scotland to start the U.K. Tour and I am ‘randomly’ chosen to sit next to non other than Eric Trump,” Amer wrote on his Facebook. “Good news guys, Muslims will not have to check in and get IDs. That what I was told. I will be asking him a lot of questions on this trip to Glasgow, Scotland. Sometimes God just sends you the material.”
“I was just walking in and he was just sitting there with his Trump shirt on and I was like, Is this real?” Amer told BuzzFeed News of the experience.
“When I sat down I said: ‘How you doing?’ Trump says: ‘I’m doing good.’ And I said: ‘You have no idea how fantastic this is for me right now. My name is Mohammed. Salams. I’m a standup comedian. This is fantastic for me,” he continued. “And I said – just FYI I’m not getting that ID shit done. You gonna really make my people get ID cards and all this? You know we’re not doing this shit.” (Amer was speaking in reference to Donald Trump’s comments about creating a registry for Muslims who are currently residing in America.)
Amer says that Trump apparently responded with “Ah, come on, man. You can’t believe everything you read. Do you really think we’re gonna do that?”
Amer also claims that he spoke with Trump about his father’s campaign “tricks,” and how Donald Trump played the media “like a fiddle” in order to win the election. Eric Trump’s response?
“Yeah you’re absolutely right.”
“That’s what he told me,” Amer said. “He basically acknowledged the fact that his father played this thing like a mad genius and that’s how he got elected and he admitted it.”
Overall, Amer claims that the experience was fairly pleasant, albeit a tad stilted. And, while stories like this make the Trump family seem down-to-Earth and relatable, it’s important to remember what’s going on behind closed doors. Amer says that the Trumps are essentially still playing to win rather than govern, and that Eric Trump doesn’t seem to grasp the hazardous repercussions of his father’s election win.
“I just felt he was a robot, in the sense this guy has a routine that has been there since he was 6. I believe his dad raised him super old-school and that’s the feeling I got from him … He also seemed disconnected from the reality of race attacks and violence. The vibe that I got, this was a game to them and they had no regrets and they did it to win and they will most likely keep doing it.”
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