Lara Trump, who is married to Eric Trump, son of former President Donald Trump, has been criticized online for a video showing her son outside in heavy rain caused by Hurricane Ian.
She shared the video on Instagram on Wednesday with the caption, “I thought we had a clear window, turns out we did some character building instead.”
In the video, Trump’s son can be seen driving a child’s car on a residential street that is being pelted with rain. He appears to be trying to shield his eyes from the heavy fallout and is heard telling his mother, “I can’t do this.”
“No, you can do it. Let’s go,” she replies.
Despite Trump’s Instagram post implying that getting caught in the rain was an accident, the video drew heavy criticism on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. A user, @mmpadellan, recommended that Child Protective Services should call Trump because he had her son up in the storm and was filming him. Others said Trump’s actions amounted to “abuse.”
“What Lara Trump is doing by making her child fear in the storm while filming him is abuse. Plain and simple,” another user, @tonyposnanski, tweeted.
Lara and Eric Trump bought a home in Jupiter, Fla., in the Trump National Golf Club gated community last year, Insider reported, citing property records. Another picture Lara Trump posted to Instagram on Wednesday after sharing video of her son in the rain was tagged as in Florida, meaning the severe weather was a result of Hurricane Ian.
The Category 4 hurricane recently made landfall in the state, which had been preparing for its impact. The Associated Press reported just after 3:15 p.m. ET that the storm hit southwest Florida near Cayo Costa. Before it made landfall, the National Hurricane Center’s most recent public advisory, released at 2 p.m. ET, said Ian had maximum sustained winds near 155 mph with higher gusts, although it was expected to pick up after the landing would weaken.
Social media videos have already provided a glimpse of severe flooding caused by the storm in the state, while PowerOutage.us showed more than 681,000 in Florida were without power as of 3 p.m. ET.
While Trump was criticized for the video of her son walking in the rain, others took to social media to defend her.
“Lara Trump is an amazing mom, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting caught walking in the rain! The left is crazy.” tweeted Brigitte Gabriel, a conservative author and founder of a group that the Southern Poverty Law Center calls anti-Muslim.
Conservative author and commentator Nick Adams also wrote in a post Lara Trump has been accused by Democrats of child abuse “because she was taking her son for a walk on his mini-tractor and accidentally got caught in the rain on the way back.”
news week has reached out to Trump for comment through her website, The Right View.
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