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Eric Trump lashes out against accusations about his golf tournament for charity

Eric Trump called for civility and manners while vaguely addressing accusations that money was funneled from a charity golf tournament for children with cancer. (Image Source: YouTube screenshot)

Eric Trump spoke out against Democrats and critics of his family in the media while talking to Sean Hannity on Fox News Tuesday. He vaguely referred to a damaging report published Tuesday accusing him of funneling money away from a golf charity he's run to benefit children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

"You know I've never seen hatred like this," Trump, 33, told Hannity. "To me, they're not even people.

"It's so so sad, morality's just gone," he continued, "Morals have flown out the window. We deserve so much better than this as a country. And it's so sad. You see the Democratic party, they're imploding. They're imploding.

"They have no message. You see the head of the DNC who's a total whack job. There's no leadership there," Trump said. "They have no message, so what do they try to do? They try an obstruct a great man, they try an obstruct his family. They come after us viciously, and it's truly truly horrible."

"Eric, I have to tell you something," Hannity responded. "I actually would use the term, with Kathy Griffin, and a CNN anchor calling your father a piece of shhh-alright. A conspiracy theory that every intelligence office and top Democrats have all said there's no evidence of. And thousands of hours of coverage. And they've gone after your 11-year-old brother, they've gone after your soon-to-be-born-child, they've gone after you."

"Look at that POS comment that you made," Trump responded, "all right, somebody on CNN, an anchor on CNN called my father on the show a piece of ... you might be an opinionated person, but you don't use profanities, you're not a child, when it comes to calling people names."

Trump referred to a tweet by CNN host Reza Aslan who called the president a "piece of s**t," but it wasn't during his show, "Believer."

"I mean I got attacked today," he said. "I raised $16.3 million for St. Jude's [Children's Research Hospital], $16.3, I've dedicated my — I started when I was 21, I raised $16.3 million for the greatest hospital in the world, that's St. Jude. And I get attacked for it. Barron gets attacked. People come out there and look at my wife, 'well I hope she, y'know, I hope the kid is aborted because God forbid there's another Trump in the world.' I mean, the manners, the the lack of morals in society is awful.

"And honestly," he said, "I blame most of these politicians, and I blame the media. Because it's out of control. I mean the way they act are out of control."

Trump referred to a story from Forbes Tuesday that claimed that he was misleading donors about where donations to his charity were heading — and that some of the money ended up at the Trump Organization and the Trump Foundation.

In reviewing filings from the Eric Trump Foundation and other charities, it's clear that the course wasn't free — that the Trump Organization received payments for its use, part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization. Golf charity experts say the listed expenses defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament.

Additionally, the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which has come under previous scrutiny for self-dealing and advancing the interests of its namesake rather than those of charity, apparently used the Eric Trump Foundation to funnel $100,000 in donations into revenue for the Trump Organization.

And while donors to the Eric Trump Foundation were told their money was going to help sick kids, more than $500,000 was re-donated to other charities, many of which were connected to Trump family members or interests, including at least four groups that subsequently paid to hold golf tournaments at Trump courses.

"It is truly, truly sick, and my father's a great man," Trump said of the attacks while speaking to Hannity. "And he's going to do a great job for this country. But honestly, we need to bring some principle back, we have to bring some manners back, we need to bring some respect back. It's sad."

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