Donald Trump Jr. was ridiculed this week after comparing shortages of certain commodities in the United States under President Joe Biden to life in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1980s.
Trump Jr. made the remarks during a conversation on Newsmax on Saturday with Sebastian Gorka, a right-wing media personality and former Donald Trump aide.
Gorka asked Trump Jr. to discuss the “empty shelves” and cargo backlog in California due to supply chain issues, given his “perspective” as someone who, “as a child, traveled behind the Iron Curtain and saw real socialism. “
“When the conservatives say, ‘They are socialists. Democrats have turned radical, ”that’s not an exaggeration, is it? You saw it, Don, Gorka added.
Trump Jr.’s mother, Ivana Trump, grew up in Czechoslovakia before moving first to Canada and then to the United States in the 1970s. He told Gorka that his Czech grandparents wanted him to understand the “freedoms and blessings we have here” in the United States.
“So I traveled with them there every summer, you know, six, eight weeks. I waited in those queues, ”said Trump Jr., whose father was estimated to be worth over $ 1 billion in the 1980s.“ We’re starting to see the empty shelves that I knew then. in Communist Czechoslovakia in the 80s in America right now. “
Grocery stores in the United States are having problems stocking some products due to the coronavirus pandemic, a labor shortage and shipping congestion at the Port of Los Angeles.
Some social media users and conservative media figures have shown images of empty shelves to attack Biden over supply chain issues. However, some of these images turned out to be photos from years ago.
Trump Jr. has been criticized on social media for the absurd comparison. A number of people have also pointed out that last year, at the height of the pandemic under the Trump administration, store shelves across the country were stripped of certain essentials and people lined up on kilometers in their cars or on walking blocks to get help from food banks.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.