Donald Trump Jr. hasn’t always seen eye-to-eye with his famous dad, but since Donald Trump Sr. become president, Jr. has come back into the fold.
Although alcohol abuse seems to be closer to the Trump family, Donald Trump Jr. has revealed he gave up alcohol, just like his father, because he ‘didn’t know how to drink in moderation.’
“With my personality, drinking alcohol was a recipe for disaster.” The 41-year-old says there were warning signs in his family, like his uncle Fred Trump Jr., who died of alcoholism aged 42.
Trump’s brother, Fred, died at a young age from overdrinking. He died in 1981 after years of abusing alcohol. He was just forty-two years old when he passed away from the addiction that runs in the Trump blood.
In his new book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us, published Tuesday, the president’s eldest son admits he made the decision to get off the booze after partying his ‘a** off’ in college and realizing he has a compulsive personality.
“Once I got going, it wasn’t easy to stop me – which, when you’re in college, isn’t a huge problem, as long as you’re getting your work done,” he writes.
Don Jr. writes that his father ‘loved’ Fred Jr., who was eight years older than him, and his death ‘affected him greatly’.
Their father Fred Trump wanted to groom Fred Jr. to be his successor but he left the real estate business and became a pilot instead.
By his mid-20s Fred Jr.’s life spiraled out of control and he got divorced, quit flying, and moved back into his parents’ house where he worked on one of his dad’s maintenance crews.
Don Jr. addresses the family’s story in his long-awaited book, which is 294 pages mostly score-settling against liberals.
But in between, he includes personal anecdotes such as what happened during his gap year after graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
He worked at a bar in Aspen, Colorado called The Tippler where the likes of Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone used to hang out in the 1980s and 90s.
He got behind the bar in the Spring of 2000 and started reflecting on his hard-partying lifestyle. His gap year ended up being a ‘turning point’ in his life and though he still partied, he realized that it would ultimately end badly.
“One thing about us Trumps is that we have plenty of willpower. I would come to find that it was easier for me to ignore alcohol than it was to try to control it. Eventually, I would give up drinking for good.”