Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law thought he was ‘retarded’

When he’s not killing elephants and cutting off their tails, Donald Trump, Jr., the fourth-ranked child of the presumptive Republican nominee for president, doesn’t capture a lot of headlines. The eldest of the Trump offspring, he seems to be a textbook example of a first pancake. Sure, he serves as the executive vice president of the Trump organization, but he lacks both his sister’s grace and his brother’s Aryan nation mien. He’s also not a cute little rascal like his youngest brother, Barron, and so that places him in front of only the family black sheep, Tiffany, in terms of notability.

In fact, Donald, Jr., is so fucking forgettable he doesn’t even seem to leave much of an impression on his own father, as evidenced by this story of how Trump, Sr., introduced his namesake to his future wife, Vanessa.

Via a 2006 The New York Times profile:

“I’m at this fashion show,” Vanessa Trump said, recalling their meeting in 2003. “Donald Trump comes up to me with his son: ‘Hi, I’m Donald Trump. I wanted to introduce you to my son Donald Trump Jr.'” The three engaged in a brief, awkward conversation. At intermission, the elder Trump again noticed a gorgeous girl nearby.” Donald comes back up to me again, ‘I don’t think you’ve met my son Donald Trump Jr.,'” Vanessa Trump recalled. She remembers responding, “Yeah, we just met, five minutes ago.” Six weeks later, at a birthday party at a New York restaurant, they were introduced a third time, this time by a mutual friend. Neither remembered the other. “We talked for an hour,” she recalled. Then suddenly, something clicked: Wait, you were at that fashion show. Wait, you’re “the one with the retarded dad!” Vanessa blurted out.

Takeaways from this story:

  1. Donald Trump, Jr., is so utterly lacking in general character his father can’t remember time spent with him after only five minutes have passed.
  2. He prompted a similarly blasé reaction from his future wife.
  3. Does Donald Trump have dementia?

[h/t @olivianuzzi | Photo: Getty]