Donald Trump Jr. is an avid hunter and competitive shooter who this week promised big changes on behalf of hunters and gun-rights advocates should his father win the presidential election in November.
“As it relates to the sportsmen and the hunters, we’re going to actually have hunters involved in the Department of the Interior,” Trump Jr. said in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News. “Not animal rights activists who are setting hunting seasons, but don’t believe in the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.”
With Donald J. Trump generating headlines on the campaign trail, Trump Jr. has been quietly trying to rally the support of sportsmen, hunters and anglers.
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<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/156299012″>Donald Trump Jr. at the 2016 Western Hunting & Conservation Expo</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/user49244665″>Sportsmen for Trump</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p>
He described hunting and shooting — even the Second Amendment — as “a lifestyle” and “not just something I do.”
“Hunting has been a passion for me when I’m not working and with my family, and frankly, it’s been a passion when I’m with my family as well,” said Trump Jr., whose experience in the outdoors was mostly inspired by his grandfather.
“The discipline, the good times, the bond that I’ve had in a hunting camp, around a campfire, on a shooting range, all of those things as well as the discipline and patience it takes to become a competitive shooter, those are all values I want to pass on to my kids.
“I want to make sure they get them, so I want to make sure to preserve these things for my kids and for their kids after them.”
Last month, Trump Jr. spoke at the Western Hunting and Conservation Expo (see video) using the same general tone.
He talked about the value of mentors in an era when fewer kids are venturing into the great outdoors.
“For this to go on and for us to have these same experiences with our families, be a mentor to someone,” Trump Jr. said. “Take a young kid out. Take a woman out. Make sure that everyone experiences the great outdoors the way we’ve all been lucky to experience it. That’s the only way this is going to survive the next generation.”
His tone became slightly more Donald J. Trump-like when Trump Jr. spoke of a perceived threat from the left, particularly if a Democrat should become president.
“We’re coming to a critical time in this country,” Trump Jr. said. “There’s a lot of things that are going wrong. Our traditions are being attacked. The people who are going to try to take away our rights, our access to land, our ability to own firearms and carry them … our ability to hunt and fish … those people, they love the politics game. They love when you sit at home and pretend you don’t want to play, because they’re going to take advantage of that.”
Will Donald J. Trump truly represent the values of sportsmen and uphold their long-held traditions if he becomes president? That, of course, remains to be seen.
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