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The way Trump Jr. holds his own book inspires mockery

Anyone know if it's common practice for authors to read their own books? Asking for a friend.


Brooke Sjoberg


Published Dec 10, 2019   Updated May 19, 2021, 8:46 pm CDT

Is there a “right” way to read a book? According to more than a few Twitter users, there is—and Donald Trump Jr. doesn’t know how to do it.

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He is, however, a published author. But in promoting his book Triggered, Trump Jr.’s dainty grasp on the book left people perplexed.

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In one tweet, which helped spur the roast, @Rschooley wrote, “He’s gotten through the dedication and half the first chapter!”

While the way Trump holds Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us is the main draw here, different parts of his office have also become comedic fodder.

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For example, this “trash Trump” in the corner.

To be fair, others find it kind of horrifying too, calling it a “daddy/nutcracker hybrid Christmas statue.”

While there really is a lot happening in this picture—the daddy nutcracker, a standard-issue Direct TV remote, and his messy desk—Donald Trump Jr. is challenging the way reading is done, gripping his own book by the edges of its corners, the title unobscured.

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As @bleakfacts notes, “just chilling holding a book like a normal person.”

While his uncomfortable posture and book-holding technique are of immense importance to critics, a greater question plagues the thread: Why would he need to be reading his own book?

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A simple answer?

“Obviously his ghostwriter wouldn’t share any drafts until after it was published,” @koobrick said.

“He wants to know how the book ends,” proposed another.

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But he may not be looking at a book at all—just the jacket.

“Is he just holding the jacket because that looks off,” @ms_intexas said.

The stark lack of books on Trump’s shelves speaks volumes as well.

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*First Published: Dec 10, 2019, 3:47 pm CST