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Donald Trump Jr. tells Mark Levin how his family's firsthand experience with the Soviets galvanized him against socialism

On Sunday night's episode of Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox News, LevinTV host Mark Levin spoke with Donald J. Trump Jr. about how his family's experiences with socialism have shaped his views on the subject.

"I don't necessarily come from a conservative background, though I've always been a conservative," the president's son said during the interview, attributing a "big part" of that to his mother's experience escaping the Soviet bloc.

Donald Trump Jr. is the son of President Donald Trump and his first wife, Ivana Trump, who came of age in Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakia but was able to get out in 1972. During his discussion with Levin, Trump Jr. explained how the struggles that those on his mother's side of the family have faced helped form his conservative worldview.

"When I see some of the sort of mainstream politicians of today talking about the great virtues of socialism and communism, you know, I go back to that in my childhood, going over there every summer with my grandfather, who was a blue-collar electrician and really wanted to make sure that we — his grandchildren — experienced that," Trump explained.

The president's son also explained that he often gets calls from his 93-year-old maternal grandmother — who lived through Nazi and Communist occupation and still lives in the Czech Republic — worried about the growing popularity of socialism in the United States.

"She calls me to this day, Mark, in tears," Trump explained. "'Don, you don't understand, the socialism, the communism, it always sounds so great on paper, it's always free, everything's always great, you don't understand.' I have to assure her, 'Trust me, I know; I'm on the leading edge of pushing back against this nonsense.' But when you have a woman who's been through that, who's in tears for fear of the well-being of her children, and her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, it has to tell you something."


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