Eric Trump controversies
The Eric Trump Foundation
The Eric Trump Foundation has advertised that its golf charity events raised money exclusively for St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, with 95–100% of the money raised going toward the charity. However, public tax records show that the foundation applied significant amounts of the funds raised to pay costs of the events to the Trump Organization for use of its facilities, casting doubt on the claim. Additionally, the foundation donated to charitable causes other than St Jude and made grants to several other charities, including at least three animal welfare organizations and the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, a California wine industry organization.
However, on December 30, 2016, the fundraising president of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Richard C. Shadyac Jr., issued an official letter refuting recent media claims and confirmed that The Eric Trump Foundation has raised and donated $16.3 million to the hospital since the charity’s inception 10 years ago.
In 2010, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) criticized Trump, a trophy hunter, for an African hunting trip he took with Donald Trump, Jr., his older brother. PETA condemned the pair after photos showed the brothers on an organized safari in Zimbabwe, where they hunted animals. The director general of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, V. Chandenga, issued an official response supporting the brothers and calling any allegations of illegality “baseless” and “false”. Both brothers defended their safari via Twitter, affirming their actions as hunters and longtime advocates of the outdoors. Their father also addressed the controversy, saying on TMZ that he fully supported his sons.
Sexual harassment in the workplace
On August 2, 2016, in a television appearance on CBS This Morning, Trump was asked to comment on his father’s controversial statement to USA Today the previous day in which he said that if his daughter were ever subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, he hoped she would find another company to work for or switch careers. Eric Trump said, “Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn’t allow herself to be objected [sic] to it”. The younger Trump’s comments drew widespread criticism from individuals and organizations claiming that this logic puts the blame for sexual harassment on the victims and contends that only weak women are subject to harassment. Critics included Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor who sued Fox chief executive Roger Ailes for harassment, and Megyn Kelly, who was also a Fox News anchor at the time.