Donald Trump Jr. drew an analogy on Fox News Thursday night involving Vladimir Putin.
He said the Trump Organization’s indictment was “no different” from Putin’s poisoning of “Navatny”.
Trump Jr. mispronounced the name of Alexei Navalny, the leader of the Russian opposition.
Donald Trump Jr. compared the indictment against his father’s company to the reported assassination attempt by Russian President Vladimir Putin of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, whom Trump Jr. wrongly called ” Navatny ”.
“This is the political persecution of a political enemy”, the eldest child of former President Donald Trump told Fox News Thursday evening. “That’s what Vladimir Putin does. Just ask Navatny.”
Trump Jr. also slammed the accusations against the Trump Organization and its longtime CFO Allen Weisselberg earlier Thursday, Calling them “banana republic stuff”.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on Thursday cfelony accused the Trump Organization and Weisselberg for a 15-year tax scheme. Weisselberg, who arrived handcuffed at the hearing, pleaded not guilty to the charges listed in a Indictment in 15 counts.
Trump Jr. is executive vice president of the Trump Organization and helped run the company alongside his brother, Eric Trump, while his father was in office.
No charges have been laid against Trump or any of his family members, although the investigation is still ongoing.
Trump Sr. also lambasted the indictment, to the New York Times Thursday that it is “a terrible thing for our country, and people are very angry about it” and also calling it political persecution.
Navalny, the leader of the Russian opposition, was poisoned and left in a coma last year with what doctors suspect is a Russian nerve agent.
The German doctor who treated Navalny – after Russian doctors denied he was poisoned – died suddenly months later.
As John Haltiwanger and Tom LoBianco of Insider reported in June, Putin’s subsequent imprisonment of Navalny turned him into a symbol for dissidents of the authoritarian regime.
Trump Jr. commented on “Fox News Primetime,” the network’s 7-hour show featuring a different host each week.
This week’s host Jesse Watters has made misleading statements and inaccurate claims in the past, such as when he was baseless launched the idea that the murder of George Floyd by the police was “a premeditated coup” which “was extremely poorly executed”.
Watters has been an advocate and reliable interlocutor for Trump Jr. over the years, often inviting him to his weekend show.
Fox News weekend host and “The Five” co-host was one of the few conservatives around Trump Jr. in 2017 when The New York Times reported on his meeting with a related lawyer in the Kremlin at Trump Tower, with Watters calling it the real one “victim. “
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