Donald Trump Jr. Defends Hunting Trip in Africa: 'It Was All Legit'
Donald Trump Jr., the son of real estate mogul Donald Trump, is once again defending a hunting trip he took to Africa in 2011, in which he and his brother Eric shot and killed a number of animals, much to the decry of animal rights organizations like PETA.
Speaking to Dan Schmidt and Brad Rucks of Deer & Deer Hunting last Wednesday, Trump Jr. attempted to clarify the trip once and for all, claiming it was "all legit."
"I think what made it sort of a bigger story and kind of national and even global news was that I didn’t do what a lot of other people do, which is immediately start apologizing for what I am and that I’m a hunter and all this," he said. "I kinda said, 'No, I am what I am. I did all those things. I have no regrets about it.'"
"That really stirred the hornet’s nest," he continued, "Because they’re used to these other guys, perhaps with slightly weaker personalities, just kowtowing to their calls and everything like that ... If I’m in the right, I make sure I let people know it ... I guess within the hunting community, a lot of people gave me some credit for that. It gave me more flack from the other guys but if they’re not gonna understand or they don’t choose to, I could care less."
"There’s enough people in the world," he concluded. "I have enough friends. I don’t need to make any more."
The Trump brothers first came under fire for their trip in March, when TMZ obtained photos of Donald and Eric showing off the animals they had killed. In one photo, Donald is seen holding the tail of a dead elephant.
Shortly after the pictures were released, Donald received a number of scathing reactions from various people and organizations, including PETA.
Donald later defended himself on Twitter, claiming, "Not a pr move I didn't give the pics but I have no shame about them either. I HUNT & EAT game."
He added that the animal carcases "fed a village for weeks" and that nothing was wasted.
In March, Donald and Eric became the subject of an investigation by conservationists in Zimbabwe over their hunt.