Friess + Trump = ‘Civility’

By on October 3, 2016

Town council candidate organizes protest in response to Donald Trump, Jr.’s appearance today.

Collage by Cait Lee.

Is anyone else getting hungry for Skittles? (Collage by Cait Lee)

Jackson Hole, WY — Mr. anti-Skittles is coming to town.

Donald Trump, Jr., son of presidential candidate Donald Trump, will appear at a fundraising event today hosted by multimillionaire Foster Friess.

Trump Jr. recently made the news when he tweeted a photo of a poisoned bowl of Skittles candy, likening it to the Syrian refugee crisis. “This image says it all,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first.”

The Don added: “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. [sic] Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”

In response to Trump Jr.’s appearance, town council candidate Jessica Chambers has organized a protest. She issued a rallying cry via email. “I call upon all of you and all candidates running for local office to gather with me in front of the Friess Building at 115 East Snow King Avenue TODAY, Monday, October 3rd at 5:00 p.m.,” Chambers wrote. “Let’s respectfully inform Mr. Friess and his guest, Don Trump Jr., their brand of ‘civility’ is not at all welcome in Jackson.”

Chambers explained to The Planet: “There’s been a lot of talk about civility both in Jackson and across the country. Organizing a ‘protest’ is a civil and constitutionally protected action we can take to respond to Mr. Friess, Mr. Trump, and Mr. Trump Jr.’s unacceptable commentary.”

In an email invitation to supporters entitled “Return to Civility,” Friess praised the 38-year-old Trump Jr. as “a really, really nice guy.” Recipients of Friess’ invitation were invited to pay $25,000 for a sit-down with Trump, Jr. For one thousand dollars, donors can meet the Don in a larger group 5:30 p.m. today at the Brandywine/Friess Building.

Trump, Jr.’s appearance in Jackson Hole, a place touted as a tax haven for the rich, falls on the heels of a revelation by The New York Times that his father may not have paid federal taxes in nearly two decades. Trump Sr. declared a nearly one billion dollar loss on his 1995 income tax returns, a deduction weighty enough to allow him to legally avoid paying federal income tax for up to 18 years, NYT found.

Friess wrote in his invitation that he supports Trump’s proposal to cut the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, which is lower than China’s or Russia’s. (Trump has also said he will cut taxes for the uber-wealthy.)

An anti-abortion proponent, Friess told supporters in his email that he is “excited” about the kind of Supreme Court justice a president like Trump would appoint. “Supreme Court justices who would protect the Little Sisters of the Poor from being forced to pass out abortion pills and would secure our right to preserve our right to protect our lives and the lives of our families,” Friess wrote.

Friess did not immediately reply to The Planet’s email request for comment.




About Meg Daly

Meg Daly is a freelance writer and arts instigator. She grew up in Jackson in the 1970s and 80s, when there were fewer fences, but less culture. Follow Meg on Twitter @MegDaly1

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