RALEIGH – While President Donald Trump fights in the court to keep MAGA going, there have been reports of other Trumps looking at their own political prospects. Most recently, Lara Trump, a North Carolina native, is getting national attention for reportedly eyeing a seat in the U.S. Senate to represent the Old North State, according to the New York Times (NYT).
The “failing New York Times,” has a lengthy piece focused on Lara Trump’s possible ambitions, as well as exploring those of other Trump children. Along with the Leftist Media’s obligatory smear attempts, the piece notes the NC State graduate’s frequent stumps across North Carolina (and the nation) during both of her father-in-law’s campaigns, especially this year.
“[…] Ms. Trump, three allies said, has been telling associates she is considering a run for Senate in 2022, in what is expected to be a competitive race for the first open Senate seat in a very swingy swing state in a generation. Senator Richard Burr, an unobtrusive Republican legislator who was thrust into the spotlight as chairman of a committee investigating the president’s ties to Russia, has said he will retire at the end of his term. Despite expanded turnout in rural areas, Mr. Trump won North Carolina by a smaller margin than he did four years ago, just 1.3 percentage points, a sign that overall the state is trending blue and that the race for the Senate seat will be tightly contested by both parties in the first post-Donald Trump election.
But not, perhaps, an entirely post-Trump election, if Ms. Trump proceeds.
Ms. Trump, 38, a former personal trainer and television producer for “Inside Edition,” wed Eric Trump at the family’s Mar-a-Lago estate in 2014 and worked as a senior adviser on the 2020 Trump campaign. […]
“She’s very charismatic, she understands retail politics well, and has a natural instinct for politics,” said Mercedes Schlapp, a Trump campaign adviser who traveled the country as a surrogate alongside Ms. Trump. “In North Carolina, in particular, she’s a household name and people know her. She worked really hard on the campaign and was very involved in a lot of decisions throughout.”
Ms. Trump declined to comment about her plans. […]”
In 2016, Lara Trump carried a lot of water for the campaign in her home state. This author interviewed her then, and noted how invested and apt for the politicking of retail outreach ‘with the people.’
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If she were to run in 2022, her entry would by a big variable in an already interesting prospective race. Burr’s retirement has been telegraphed for quite a while, and there’s no shortage of reported suitors and potential candidates.
Former Republican Governor Pat McCrory has reportedly put his odds of running at 70 percent; former NC Congressman Mark Walker has talked publicly about a potential run for the seat, after bowing out of 2020 elections in light of redistricting; and, former NC Congressman and current Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has been mentioned as a possible candidate.
Of course, Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest could be considered a potential candidate, as well.
But despite the more seasoned possible candidates, insiders say Lara Trump would instantly have advantages in fundraising. They know she can do the retail politics, has spent two campaigns now speaking to the issues, and you’re not going to get better name ID.
“[…] “She would be formidable,” said Kellyanne Conway, a former White House official and the 2016 Trump campaign manager. “She has the trifecta: She can raise money, raise awareness of key issues and raise attention to her race. Unlike many typical politicians, she connects with people and is a compelling messenger.”
Michael Watley, the chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, predicted that the race would draw significant interest from a wide range of people.
“I think you’re going to need a dance card to keep everything straight,” he said. […]”
Not that it would be a path clear of competition, as the there are bound to be at least a couple well-known names in the race. Still, some initial prodding about how Lara Trump stacks up against them gave encouraging signs.
More from NYT:
“[…] The Club for Growth, an influential conservative anti-tax group, earlier this year commissioned a poll with Ms. Trump as a candidate for Congress representing New York’s Second District.
David McIntosh, the president of Club for Growth, said at the time that the group simply polled her name to show there was a well of support and lure her into an open race.
In a hypothetical primary, the poll showed her winning by 30 points. […]”
That would be a pretty big margin in a crowded primary for among established politicians, and not something the others interested in the seat will want to hear. We’ll have to wait to know for sure, but 2022 elections aren’t that far away for such a big race, especially if the Senate is as vital as it’s looking like it will be.
You read the rest of the NYT piece here. When you do, note how aggressively this media attack on Lara Trump (and Trumps in general) is. That much flak most definitely means the Left/Media is worried this Trump MAGA movement will live on, whether Donald Trump prevails in election challenges or not.