Donald Trump Jr. recalls playing video games as a child with Michael Jackson, who lived in Trump Tower. He doesn’t remember anything remotely scandalous about the pop star’s visit, though it did cost him a Nintendo game.
The president’s eldest son is making the rounds to plug his new book, and appeared on Fox News’ “Watters’ World” over the weekend to tell the tale of him playing video games with the King of Pop in the late ’80s or early ’90s — Trump Jr. was born Dec. 31, 1977.
Trump Jr.’s book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us,” is a New York Times bestseller, but as with all things Trump, there’s controversy over claims the RNC ordered bulk copies — a representative denied the charge, saying: “We haven’t made a large bulk purchase, but are ordering copies to keep up with demand.”
Host Jesse Watters was talking about how the Trump children grew up in a world of celebrities. Trump Jr. mentioned the story to demonstrate how his parents made the kids earn their things. He also mentions in the book that anyone wanting to pin the “racist” label on his dad would have to brush up on some history considering the way the man lived his life.
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“This is a cool story, Michael Jackson used to come up and he was our neighbor at Trump Tower,” he explained. “So I was playing ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ with Michael Jackson in the early ‘90s–maybe even in the late ‘80s.”
“Michael really likes the game so my dad walks in and says, ‘well why don’t you take the game Michael?’” Trump Jr. said. “My parents made us work for the things that we wanted and it was one of the great things they did for us. So that took me whatever it was time to earn it — I’m pretty sure Michael could’ve called Nintendo and said I want one of those.”
“But he took it,” he continued. “Eric and I argued to this day on whose game it was, we were playing in his room but it was my game.”
The time frame referenced is after Jackson had released the “Thriller” album in 1982, where he exploded on the pop scene — by the end of 1983, it became the world’s best-selling album, having sold 32 million copies.
This was before persistent rumors that Jackson had a sexual interest in young boys. Jackson denied the accusations when he was alive and his estate continues to do so, but at the time of his death and beyond, he was the subject of multiple sexual abuse accusations and police investigations as well as civil and criminal lawsuits.
Around the time Trump Jr. was playing video games with Jackson, he was lavishing attention on a then 10-year-old California boy, Jimmy Safechuck, who appeared in a 1987 Pespi commercial with Jackson — Safechuck would later claim Jackson sexually abused him.
Not that Watters delved into this, opting to shift his focus to talk about Trump Jr. going to a private all boys school, mentioning that he got his “butt kicked when you first got in.”
“The body developed much later than the mouth,” the president’s son replied with a laugh.
“I got out of the city in eighth grade,” Trump Jr. said. “Now in eighth grade you run that mouth like a senior and I’m like, what, 13?”
Watters chimed in to say his adversaries didn’t need a reason, prompting Trump Jr. to counter that sometimes you need a “good a** kicking.”
Or, as Watters characterized it, “good character building.”
He also said there are some who like to give him a butt-kicking today.
“Oh, they’re trying,” Trump Jr. replied.
The first son then spoke of a “traumatic” childhood experience that took place at a Taco Bell.
The restaurant visit came after he went shopping for supplies at K-Mart with his mother and father.
“First it was the trip to K-Mart, shopping with Donald Trump and Ivana Trump,” he explained. “We needed to do it, but it was more their presence that made the whole thing ridiculous.”
“Then on the way out mom said we should get Mexican, so she goes to Taco Bell and orders — asks for the red wine menu. And I’m just sitting there like, this is going to be a long Taco Bell.”
Watters asked if anybody witnessed the moment.
“I did!” Trump Jr. replied. “And whoever on the other side of the counter witnessed it. That’s all that matters because 20 years later it’s haunting me enough that I wrote it in the book.”
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