Donald Trump Jr. posted an Instagram story about immigrants that is on-brand with his father’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.
It is being called out for being incredibly racist. In an Instagram video he mused:
You know why you can enjoy a day at the zoo? Because the walls work.
Comparing immigrants to animals didn't go down well with people around the world, who took to social media in their droves to condemn him.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘@DonaldTrumpJr your zoo analogy is pure hateful idiocy. I’ll keep this very simple. Immigrants are human beings, not animals. If you don’t get this, there’s no point listening to anything you have to say on immigration.
Journalist Ernest Owens added: “Reporters stopping asking activists & politicians ‘why’ they think this administration is racist.
“Better question: Ask the administration ‘how’ this isn’t.”
Others pointed to similarities with Nazi rhetoric
Likening immigrants to animals harkens back to the days of Adolf Hitler. His leadership and subsequent murder of millions of Jewish people was underpinned by a deeply anti-Semitic rhetoric that debased Jewish people and made them out to be little more than animals.
Nazis often called Jewish people rats and parasitic vermin, or ‘untermenschen’, which means subhuman.
This isn’t the first time Donald Trump Jr has made racist comments. During the 2016 presidential campaign, he compared Syrian refugees to skittles.