St. Jude Family Criticized After Thanking Eric Trump for $16.3 Million Donation

Natalia Mittelstadt | July 10, 2018 | 5:03pm EDT
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After thanking Eric Trump for helping to raise $16.3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a Tennessee woman has been criticized on Twitter for being grateful to President Donald Trump’s son.

On June 27, Sherrie Hopper of Memphis, Tenn., whose nephew Zachary had received treatment from St. Jude’s, tweeted, “@EricTrump Thank you for your commitment to St. Jude. This St. Jude family is eternally grateful.”


The next day, Eric Trump retweeted it, saying, “.@StJude is the best cause in the world! It has truly been one of the most important and meaningful missions of my life.”

After that, Hopper and Trump were attacked on Twitter, which caused her to post a #WalkAway video, explaining that she had already told her story of walking away from the Democratic Party, and that “this just solidifies why I walked away.”

In the video, she explained what happened and how people had been criticizing her and Trump: “And I said thank you to Eric.  I tweeted at him through my radio show.  And I didn’t expect any response—I mean, come on, it’s Trump’s—right?  He liked it this morning, which excited me—it’s on my radio show page—on my twitter.  This afternoon, he retweeted it.  And the hate that has come out is unreal.  Unreal. 


“They’ve not only attacked him, they’ve attacked—they’ve said stuff to me, they—I mean that’s why I had to show you he [Zachary] was real, because they may even accuse me of not having a real St. Jude kid," said Hopper. 


“This whole thing that is going on with this—the vitriol, the angry—the nastiness, just the hate that is surrounding the president and his family and just anybody who is affiliated with him at all is just—it’s just awful,” she said.

“I don’t understand how we have become so hateful in our society,” the woman said.  “I don’t get it and all I did was say thank you, and I’ve been getting tweeted at nasty, he’s been getting—I mean, all I said was thank you.”

Since then, Hopper has been accused of being a Russian bot, leading her to tweet, “I have news for you all. I am not a Russian bot. I just happen to be grateful to people that help my family and that includes @EricTrump Get a grip sometimes people have a different way to see the world.”

Both Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump have tweeted about the incident.  Yesterday, Trump, Jr. tweeted, “Does the hatred of the far left know no bounds? This is truly sick. St Jude family, attacked after thanking Eric Trump for $16 mil in donations. Now, they're fighting back.”

Sherrie Hopper is the host of the #19Strong Show at KWAMggo AM Talk Radio- The Community Voice of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn. She is a wife and the mother of three children. She holds a Master's degree in political science from the University of Memphis. 

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