The Kennedys, the Bushs, the Clintons, then… the Trumps?
The Trump family could be the next political dynasty as President Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump is reportedly considering a run for the United States Senate.
The 38-year-old Trump, who is married to the president’s son Eric Trump, would run in her home state of North Carolina, but not until 2022 when current Republican Senator Richard Burr intends to retire.
Trump could benefit from her family name as well as the recognition she has gained from appearing alongside President Trump during his time in the White House. The state of North Carolina particularly likes President Trump, having voted for him in 2016 and 2020.
She could also benefit from a Biden administration as the first midterm election following a presidential election usually benefits the party that did not win the White House.
Democrats picked up seats in the House, enough to flip the majority, in the 2018 midterm election, after Trump won the presidency in 2016.
The Washington Examiner adds:
The contest could attract several Republicans because they do not have to challenge an incumbent and because the expectation is that the general election would be easier to win with President-elect Joe Biden in the White House. But if the president continues to carry weight with GOP primary voters in North Carolina in his post-presidency, Lara Trump could enter the Senate race as a top candidate.
Mercedes Schlapp, who worked in the Trump administration and on the Trump 2020 re-election campaign, described Lara Trump as “a household name” in the state.
“She’s very charismatic, she understands retail politics well, and has a natural instinct for politics,” she continued. “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.”
The Washington Examiner reports Lara Trump regularly advises President Trump and regularly appears alongside her family and the president for rallies and events:
Over the past four years, she has advised her father-in-law’s political operation and is among his most high-profile surrogate spokeswomen on television and on the campaign trail. Speculation about a future in electoral politics regarding the president’s children has centered on Donald Trump Jr., his oldest son, but with five young children, it is unclear if he would throw his hat into the ring in the immediate future.
Lara Trump currently lives in New York and would be sure to have competition in the Senate race if she moves back to North Carolina with her family and runs.