Donald Trump Jr. went on Fox News to give his thoughts on the Trump Organization being charged with tax crimes.

Trump Calls Out New York Democrats 

Trump Jr. was quick to question the priorities of New York State Democrats, saying that the targeting of political enemies was “banana republic stuff.”

“[I]s this what they promised the American people?” Trump Jr. said. “This isn’t. This is a farce. It’s a disgrace that they spent millions of dollars and years. Instead of prosecuting actual murderous thugs on the streets of New York, they go after their political enemies.”

“And if we’re going to pretend for one second, this is anything other than a witch hunt that they can get away with it, because where do you go, Jesse?” he added. “To another leftist judge in New York who’s going to says, you know what, I don’t care, go after your political enemies.”

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Trump Jr. Doubles Down

“This is going on in America right now,” he added. “This is banana republic stuff, and if our press was even a little bit intellectually honest, they’d be calling at that because this is not the storyline that they have been sold and told by the AG and the DA over the last few years. This is nonsense, and it has to be called out as such.”

“This is what Vladimir Putin does,” Trump Jr. also said, adding that “after … 3 million documents, countless witnesses and hours of grand jury testimony, outside forensic auditors, this is what they come up with: they’re going to charge a guy who’s 75 years old on crimes of avoiding paying taxes on a fringe benefit.”

Trump Jr. was referring to Allen Weisselberg, who has pleaded not guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court to charges of tax fraud, conspiracy, grand larceny and falsifying business records, according to The New York Post. Prosecutors claim that Weisselberg received “indirect compensation” of more than $1.7 million, as well as free rent at a Manhattan apartment, luxury cars and private school tuition for his family members, without paying taxes on any of it.

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Trump Jr. Doubles Down

Trump Jr., however, was not having any of it.

“The taxable portion of that [$1.7 million] to New York State is 8 percent,” Trump Jr. said. “That’s $136,000 over 16 years. That’s 10 grand [actually $8,500] a year. Half of that, because my father’s a good guy, he paid for this guy’s grandchildren’s education.”

“Our tax experts say that’s not even taxable,” he concluded. “You can pay for someone’s education that way. So you cut it down, it comes out to … closer to five grand a year if you take out the education. And that’s what they’ve got.”

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This piece was written by James Samson on July 7, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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