- The Washington Times - Friday, August 3, 2018

Eric Trump, one of the president’s sons, said Thursday night that everyone in his family had white powder sent to their homes and argued that the media is hypocritical. 

“I’ve been threatened. Don’s [Donald Trump Jr.] been threatened. All of us. We’ve all had white powder show up at our house,” Mr. Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

Just a few months earlier in February, Vanessa Trump was hospitalized as a precaution after she opened an envelope containing white powder. Authorities found the substance to be non-poisonous.

The younger Trump brother, who also runs the Trump organization, did not go into much detail about these threats. He mentioned them as an example of a double standard between conservatives and liberals. Mr. Trump argued that there isn’t as much national outrage when conservatives are threatened or harassed by critics.

“And by the way, there’s no moral outrage over that,” he said about the white powder and other harsh criticism toward members of his family.

Mr. Trump specifically cited the recent treatment of CNN reporter Jim Acosta at his father’s rally in Tampa Tuesday night.

“They spew nonsense all day and then little Jim Acosta gets belittled at a rally and all of a sudden, ‘I’m holier than [thou],’ ” he said, “It’s really incredible.”

The tension between members of the Trump administration and the media ramped up again this week, especially over the phrase “enemy of the people.”

After the president’s rally, Mr. Acosta pressed White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to explicitly say that the press is not “the enemy of the people.” She responded that the president made his opinion clear on the subject before.

The president’s eldest daughter and a senior adviser, Ivanka Trump, broke with the administration on using that rhetoric and disagreed with the phrase.

However, the president responded to her comment and specified that fake news, which is a “large percentage” of the media, should be considered an enemy.

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