Donald Trump Jr. defends father’s comments on Mitt Romney’s faith

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SALT LAKE CITY – Donald Trump was the subject of some criticism in Utah Saturday following his remarks on Mitt Romney’s faith, and Trump’s son was in the FOX 13 Studio Saturday to discuss his father’s candidacy and the controversy.

Donald Trump Jr., who goes by Don, sat down with FOX 13 News' Matt McDonald.

Matt McDonald: “Your dad talked about Mitt Romney, he didn’t say some really flattering things about Mitt Romney last night, he questioned Mitt Romney’s faith."

Don Trump: “No, that’s not what he said actually.”

Trump's remark Friday was: "I have many friends that live in Salt Lake, I have a lot of friends, a lot of friends, by the way, Mitt Romney is not one of them. Did he choke? Did this guy choke? He’s a choke artist. I can’t believe, are you sure he’s a Mormon?"

Trump Jr. said the tongue-in-cheek comment made by his father is an attack on Mitt’s character, not his faith.

“He wasn’t saying anything about faith, he was saying the people that we know from this state, the people that we know that are Mormons and take those things seriously: You don’t say one thing here and one thing [over] here,” Trump Jr. said. “You don’t do that. If you say something, you stick to it.”

The public perception of Donald Trump is often that he is loud, bombastic and brash. But, his son said that’s not the man he knows.

“There’s this big misconception about my father, I mean, he’s an incredibly family oriented guy,” Don Trump said. “The way he is with us around the holiday table, the way he is with my five kids, he’s an incredibly family first guy.”

6 comments

  • Beverly Burton

    It was a joke. Everybody at the rally laughed along. The SLC Tribune mentioned it in a story yesterday: “And then he joked that he paid the tithing of some of his Mormon employees directly to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to avoid the temptation of taking the money. I have a lot of friends. … By the way, Mitt Romney isn’t one of them,” Trump said to hoots from the crowd. “Are we sure he is a Mormon? Are we sure?”

    • Trenton Spears

      Beverly Burton I don’t question Mitt Romney’s faith he has demonstrated his loyalty to the Church many times over he served a full time mission as a young man. I believe his comments about Donald Trump calling him a liar and basically dishonest was beyond his duties as a High Priest in the Church this is most troubling to me of his character and loyalty to the teachings of Jesus Christ. I hope that his comments were a result of pressure from the Republican Establishment that are a small minority of the party that wants to pick the next nominee for President over the will of the people. I believe that the people will get it right if politicians will speak the truth over speculation. I believe that Romney did a great disservice to the Republican voters that want to chose their nominee not hand picked by a Republican brokered convention. Trenton Spears

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