'It was the lighting': Don Jr addresses rumors he was on cocaine during RNC speech

The president's son deflected the accusations by saying people had him confused with Hunter Biden

Graig Graziosi
Saturday 29 August 2020 13:19 BST
Donald Trump Jr addresses rumors he was on cocaine during RNC speech
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Donald Trump Jr denied rumours that he was under the influence of drugs during his address at the Republican National Convention on Monday.

The president's son appeared on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday to discuss the Republican National Convention. He called attention to his appearance - "glassy" eyes and a sweaty brow - during the convention and the rumours it sparked.

"I guess there must have been something with the lighting," Mr Trump Jr said.

The president's son said the claims were "ridiculous."

"When they can't attack the delivery, when they can't attack the substance, they gotta attack something," he said.

Comedian Stephen Colbert of "The Late Show" was among those who wondered openly if Mr Trump Jr had used drugs prior to his speech.

"It was [Mr Trump Jr's] keynote address, in that he looked like he had snorted a key," Mr Colbert said. "So before I tell you what he said, can we zoom in on Junior's sweaty face and wet, bloodshot eyes? Either he's high or that's what happens when you live in the splash zone of Screamin' Guilfoyle. Just bring a poncho!"

Mr Colbert was referencing the address of another RNC speaker, Kimberly Guilfoyle.

Ms Guilfoyle - who is dating Mr Trump Jr - gave a widely mocked speech at the RNC in which she shouted and gesticulated from the podium.

Mr Trump Jr took the opportunity to use the rumours to his advantage and launch an attack on his political enemies.

"They started doing this tending thing - 'Donald Trump Jr's on cocaine' and all of that - I said, no no no. You have me confused with Hunter Biden."

Hunter Biden is Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son, and has openly discussed struggling with drug addiction. Hunter Biden was discharged from the Navy Reserve in 2013 for failing a drug test.

Mr Trump Jr has a strange fascination with Hunter Biden. He has challenged Hunter Biden to debate him and to release his tax records in an attempt to determine which son born into wealth and privilege was most born into wealth and privilege.

President Trump's request for Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Mr Biden and Hunter Biden's connection to a Ukraine-based gas company called Burisma eventually resulted in Mr Trump's impeachment. The president threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine if Mr Zelensky didn't help him.

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