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January 17, 2019

First Son Donald Trump Jr. says ‘walls work’ in Instagram post comparing border to zoo barrier

January 10, 2019
Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a campaign rally (Matt York / AP)

Even Don Jr. can take a hint.

The eldest son of President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., has deleted an Instagram post comparing migrants at the border to zoo animals even as his father addressed the nation from the Oval Office, calling the immigration situation a “crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul.”

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“You know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo?” the younger Trump wrote in a post that no longer exists on his Instagram account but has been replicated across the Internet. “Because walls work.”

The post, widely decried as racist, was flagged by journalist Emily Jane Fox, who tweeted, “Immigrants as caged animals, from the First Son,” along with a screen shot of his post. But it was perhaps in keeping with a guy who has in the past has compared Syrian refugees to a bowl of Skittles seeded with potentially poisoned ones.

A Trump Jr. spokesman told The Hill that the remark was “strictly about illustrating the danger and violence that comes with unsecured borders” and had no other connotation. “Anyone insinuating otherwise is simply attempting to create a phony controversy out of thin air to distract from Don’s point that walls equal safety.”

That didn’t stop a wave of reaction.

“I can’t actually enjoy a day at the zoo, because due to the shutdown the national zoo is closed,” wrote @coollady42 in reply to Fox’s tweet.

Others referenced the First Son’s penchant for trophy hunting, saying things like, “I wouldn’t think this dude would be welcome at a zoo,” alongside a photo of Trump Jr. with one of his kills.

Many tweeted about their hope that he too would someday reside behind walls – prison walls – which may or may not be made of steel, as President Trump’s latest border wall plan seems to be.

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