President Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump, a businessman, died Saturday night after being hospitalized in New York. He was 71 years old.
“It is with heavy heart I share that my wonderful brother, Robert, peacefully passed away tonight,” President Trump said in a statement. “He was not just my brother, he was my best friend. He will be greatly missed, but we will meet again. His memory will live on in my heart forever. Robert, I love you. Rest in peace.”
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) August 16, 2020
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris released statements of condolence.
“Mr. President, Jill and I are sad to learn of your younger brother Robert’s passing. I know the tremendous pain of losing a loved one — and I know how important family is in moments like these. I hope you know that our prayers are with you all,” Biden shared on Twitter.
“Doug and I join the Biden family in sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Trump family during this difficult time. Losing a loved one is never easy but know that we are thinking of you,” read Kamala Harris’s statement.
Doug and I join the Biden family in sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the entire Trump family during this difficult time. Losing a loved one is never easy but know that we are thinking of you. https://t.co/j9cVKi8b5A
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 16, 2020
Their supporters, however, were less willing to be gracious, and instead reacted with their usual venom toward him. The hashtag #wrongtrump trended on Twitter in the hours following the announcement.
Dear Grim Reaper,
You took the #wrongtrump.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) August 16, 2020
To be honest, the first thing I do every morning and the last thing I do every night is check if Trump has been arrested, infected or died.
Anyone with me? #wrongtrump
— Andrea Junker (@Strandjunker) August 16, 2020
— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) August 16, 2020
The Grim reaper took the #wrongtrump “it is what it is” 🤷🏻♀️
— improperbostonian (@Eli_Tobin) August 16, 2020
— Pauley Teeks (@PauleyTeeks) August 16, 2020
Wrong Trump. Too soon? pic.twitter.com/uJjLRLnZjX
— scamazon (@OMovies) August 16, 2020
— Kimberly (@KimmyLou7) August 16, 2020
Yeah, definitely the #wrongtrump. Fuck!
— ♥️Romeo's Juliet♥️ (@IlkaSeesItAll) August 16, 2020
These people who are making such toxic attacks on Trump in the wake of his brother’s death are the same people who are supporting Biden to “restore civility” in the White House.
Matt Margolis is the author of the new book Airborne: How The Liberal Media Weaponized The Coronavirus Against Donald Trump, and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis