Donald Trump Jr. Suggests Growing Up At Boarding School Helped Him Build Connection with Middle America

Donald Trump Jr. has suggested growing up at a Pennsylvania boarding school where tuition fees are on par with the median household income helped him build a connection with middle Americans.

Speaking on Fox & Friends Wednesday, the president's eldest son also claimed that he started his working life as a dock attendant and bragged that he and his brother Eric Trump were "the only sons of billionaires" who could drive a Caterpillar D10 bulldozer.

After saying his real estate mogul father Donald Trump "gets" middle America because he spent time on construction sites, Trump Jr. said: "He'd get on the ground and that's why I was like, listen, he can go talk to working class Americans because he has his whole life."

In an attempt to establish a connection of his own with the middle and working class, the president's son continued: "Eric and I, we went to boarding school in central Pennsylvania. We went through our formative years in the rust belt.

"So while we may be the son of a New York billionaire, we grew up in Pottstown, Pennsylvania."

Donald Trump Jr. attended The Hill boarding school in Pottstown where tuition fees currently stand at $61,410 for boarding students and $42,370 for day students.

The latest U.S. Census Bureau figures put average household income at $61,937—just $527 higher than the boarding fees for a single student at Trump Jr.'s alma mater.

It is not the first time the businessman has brought up his boarding school past to try and establish a link between him and middle America. PhillyVoice reported in August that Trump Jr. told a Kentucky rally growing up in Pottstown had helped him understand working class struggle.

Speaking to Fox & Friends, the businessman claimed he started out his career as a dock attendant, saying: "We're the only sons of billionaires who can drive a D10 Caterpillar."

"My parents did a good job of making sure we understood the value of a dollar. That we didn't take any of those things for granted," he added.

Donald Trump Jr claims he's in touch with "middle America" because he went to boarding school in Pennsylvania and can drive a Caterpillar

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Trump Jr. also took aim at Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, following on from attacks in an op-ed written for The Hill by his brother Eric Trump.

"Unlike Hunter Biden, who magically became an international businessman the second his father stepped on that stage as VP, we've been international businesspeople for decades," Trump Jr. told Fox.

He later added: "[Hunter Biden] literally started when he had the first chance he got to take advantage of his father's office. We did exactly the opposite."

The president's son appeared on Fox & Friends to promote his new book Triggered going on sale next week.

A website promoted by Trump Jr. called Trigger a Liberal has been set up to encourage people to buy a copy of the book that is sent to the user's "favorite liberal snowflake" from a list including Hillary Clinton and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.