Lara Trump sparks anger after sharing video of her son driving a toy car outdoors during Hurricane Ian
Lara Trump has sparked anger and concern after posting a video of her five-year-old son driving his toy car outside amid heavy rain from Hurricane Ian.
The 39-year-old television producer, who lives in Florida with her husband Eric Trump, shared the video on his Instagram Wednesday from the couple’s son, Eric Luke Trump. Trump and his wife also share a three-year-old daughter, Carolina Dorothy Trump.
In the video, Trump’s son, who is named Luke, could be seen driving his toy car down the middle of the street as rain from the category four storm poured down. As he steered the vehicle, he held a hand over his eyes in an effort to shield his face from the rain.
As Trump shot the video, she offered her son, who seemed distraught, words of encouragement, as he could be heard saying, “Oh my God, Luke. It’s raining so much. Come on, you can do it, let’s go.
She concluded the video by documenting the torrential rain she and her son were going through. In the post’s caption, Trump joked about what his son learned from his driving through the hurricane.
“I thought we had a clear window, turns out we built a character instead… Stay safe everyone!” she wrote.
On social media, the video drew backlash among viewers, with many criticizing Trump for allowing his child out during the storm.
“I don’t know which is worse – that Lara Trump did this to her child, or that she filmed it and then posted it as some kind of bragging,” one person wrote.
“We don’t know who needs to hear this, but it’s a terrible idea for an adult to be out during this mighty storm, let alone small children,” another reviewer wrote. “On second thought, Lara Trump needs to hear that.”
A third person asked, “Would you publicly post a video exploiting and humiliating your very young child for clicks? Because it really looks like Lara Trump.
Others claimed it looked like the five-year-old was crying in the video, with many condemning Trump for calling the incident a “character building” experiment.
“Even though Lara Trump and her son were already outside when it started to rain, she still filmed the poor boy crying. Then posted the video on social media for millions to see. This is just cruel parenting,” one person tweeted.
Hurricane Ian reached southwest Florida at 3:05 p.m. ET Wednesday with winds of up to 155 mph, making it a category four storm. As authorities urged residents to shelter in place, destructive waves pounded the southwest coast from Englewood to Bonita Beach. A total of eight million people were in the center of the hurricane this morning.