Eric Trump in Denver: Dad was wrong, but sometimes that’s what happens when you’re “alpha”

“Sometimes that’s what happens when alpha personalities are in the same presence.”

Eric Trump (Rich Girard/Flickr)

Eric Trump made a stop in Denver on Monday and offered an explanation of the things his father, Donald Trump, has said about women.

As you might recall, Donald Trump in 2005 said that he attempted to have relations with a woman — “I moved on her like a bitch” — and that he is known to “automatically start kissing” women, that you can “grab them by the pussy,” especially if you are “a star.”

The elder Trump has said that he has not actually sexually assaulted women, but instead that it was “locker room banter.” Eric Trump in Denver expanded on that theory, as The Gazette reports.

“I think sometimes when guys are together they get carried away, and sometimes that’s what happens when alpha personalities are in the same presence. At the same time, I’m not saying it’s right. It’s not the person that he is,” he reportedly said.

(Eric Trump said all this looking like “a younger version of his confident father with steely blue eyes and slicked-back blonde hair, as he leaned forward in a metal folding chair,” according to the newspaper.)

If you’re still confused: Being “alpha” is a shorthand way to say someone is aggressive and dominant. After Sunday’s debate, UK politician Nigel Farage of the right-wing Independence Party similarly said in the spin room that Trump was like a “silverback gorilla” who had “dominated” Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton, meanwhile, has the nickname “big dog.”

Eric Trump also complained that Clinton will “dig out dirt on someone from 15 years ago when someone is in entertainment.” For context: It was 11 years ago, and Trump first ran for president in 1999.


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