Trump Jr: Would a racist 'let his son ... hang out with Michael Jackson'?
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The 41-year-old son of the president writes in his new book "Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us" that, growing up, he used to play video games with the "Thriller" singer. At the time, Jackson lived in Trump Tower in New York, the same building where Trump was raised.


"One day in Eric’s room, my father saw how much Michael enjoyed playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with us on Nintendo and told him he could take the game home. My game!" Trump Jr. writes in the book, released Tuesday.

"To this day, Eric says it was his game because it was in his room, but I know whose game it was," Trump Jr. says of his younger brother. "I’d worked a summer job to pay for it!"

"And here was Michael Jackson, probably a billionaire at this point, and he took it!"

Given "all the things my father has been called, particularly a 'racist,' it sure sounds odd that he’d let his son vacation with a black man or hang out with Michael Jackson, doesn’t it?" writes Trump Jr., who also mentions his friendship with former NFL star Herschel Walker.

”If he’s a racist, he’s sure not very good at it.”

Trump Jr. also says that "recent revelations" about Jackson — two men alleged in the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland" that the performer molested them as children — "came as a shock" to him.

"My experience with Michael does not include any of what he’s been accused of," he writes of Jackson, who died in 2009.

As Trump Jr. details in his book, despite growing up around wealth, he usually felt "uncomfortable around the people who populated the rich circles my father lived and worked in."

"Even when Dad would bring home a celebrity, which he did often, I would usually run in the other direction," says Trump Jr.

Instead, he says he would often befriend the security team members and the chefs who worked for his dad.

"Within a few years, I was caramelizing onions and making soufflés right along with them," Trump Jr. says of picking up a few culinary skills with the wait staff, "even taking over the kitchen and giving some of their dishes a shot on my own."

"When Prince Charles came to Mar-a-Lago, for instance, I made him a nice meringue cookie," Trump Jr. boasts, before quipping, "(If you’re enjoying this book so far, keep an eye out for my self-help/cookbook, Cooking Through Collusion with Junior!, coming in 2024.)"