At the height of his pre-election anti-Obama hysteria, bloviating billionaire Donald Trump was reportedly approached by three of his kids and asked to tone down his risky rhetoric.

This according to a New York Daily News source with knowledge of the meeting.

"[Eric, Donald Jr. and Ivanka] met and went to see their dad in his Fifth Ave. office," the insider told the Daily News. "They showed a lot of respect, but told him he's worked too long and too hard to build up the reputation he has. They understand completely he's always been outspoken and that he likes attention, but this is too much."

The meeting allegedly took place in mid-October, around the time Trump began touting his "October Surprise" stunt that turned out to be a blackmail-ish demand for President Obama's passport records and college transcripts.

The talk, if it did take place, obviously didn't help: Trump went on to have a now-infamous Election Night meltdown on Twitter, calling for Americans to rise up and overthrow the government.

Trump took to his medium of choice over the weekend to deny the Daily News report. "My kids never negatively discussed my criticism of President Obama with me or anyone," he told his nearly two million followers, "it's not in their nature!"

[H/T: Mediaite, photo via AP]