TTrump’s flags and signs in the yard are still standing. Flags screaming “Impeach Biden” flutter from the back of trucks. “Most people here believe that Donald Trump is still the president,” says Nancy Allen of her neighborhood in Shelby, North Carolina. “And I call him President Trump.”
Allen may have a chance to vote for Trump again sooner than expected. But it won’t be for Donald or his politically ambitious daughter Ivanka. Instead, the former president’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, a native of North Carolina, is considering a career for the United States Senate next year.
“If she decides to run, I will campaign for her,” added Allen, 74, who used to run a business in Wilmington, where Lara Trump (née Yunaska) was born and raised and where her parents still live. “He’s very accessible – it’s amazing that he’s like one of us. She doesn’t have any air about her. She is a people person.
“She is very well known throughout the state, which is very important, and I think she is good and would win. Henry, my husband, said yesterday that it would be a landslide if she ran. “
Lara, 38, a former television producer who has also worked as a chef and personal trainer, married Eric Trump. on his father’s Mar-a-Lago farm in Palm Beach, Florida, in 2014. Since becoming a family member, she has demonstrated the zeal of the convert and has proven to be an ardent advocate of the “Make America great again” movement.
Lara played on her local roots when she addressed rallies for the president in North Carolina and his biography on Twitter, where she amassed 1.2 million followers, she simply says, “Girl from North Carolina in NYC #MAGA.” He also ran Women for Trump events, hosted numerous campaign video broadcasts, and, after his father-in-law’s defeat, blatantly pushed for false claims of voter fraud.
She told Sean Hannity, from a conservative Fox News anchor on December 5: “I want to make it very clear to the American people: this is not over. So don’t think for a second that Joe Biden will be sworn in on January 20. “
This week Lara returned to the limelight in more ways than one. He conducted Trump’s first on-camera interview since leaving the White House on his online show. The right view But the conversation was removed from Facebook and Instagram because he has been banned from those platforms for inflammatory comments.
It also emerged that Lara is joining Fox News as a paid on-air contributor, a potential boost to her political brand ahead of a possible North Carolina Senate race to be vacated next year by retired Republican Richard. Burr. She told Fox & Friends on Monday that she hasn’t “officially made a decision, but hopefully soon.”
Such a move would require her to cut ties with Fox News, in accordance with the network’s policy. It would also represent the first electoral test of Trump’s name since 2020 and underscore how the former president’s sons and his associates have emerged as some of his most influential allies and surrogates.
Don Jr’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News anchor, campaigned vigorously for the president and went viral with a Republican national convention speech that ended with a crescendo: “The best is yet to come!” Ivanka’s husband, Jared Kushner, served as a senior adviser to the White House with a portfolio so extensive it was ridiculed by critics.
The surprise, perhaps, is that the first standard bearer would be Lara instead of Ivanka, who amid much speculation has ruled out a race for the Florida Senate.
Wendy Schiller, A political science professor at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, said: “She would be what I think Donald Trump expected Ivanka to be. She would become the avatar of the Trump name. He looks like Trump, he talks like Trump.
“Every president has wanted their children or grandchildren to run for public office for a long time. Trump is no different. This is a daughter-in-law, but it doesn’t matter and we’ll see. Maybe I can do what Ivanka can’t do and attract suburban college-educated women who dropped out of Trump. “
Lara entering the polls could also offer clues to the presidential election, Schiller added, even if Donald Trump himself decides not to run again. “When Lara Trump runs in North Carolina, the Trump brand is tested and, if successful, that is an indication that the Trump brand could perform well in 2024 in the presidential race, which may lead to pushing for Don Jr to run for president. .
“There are many other people who want to run for president in the Republican Party in 2024. They will see a very complicated dance between prominent Republicans and the children of Trump and Trump himself in the next two years because they want their support, but they do not want them to have too much. success because that will displace them all. “
There is no guarantee that Lara will win a Republican primary in which Trump’s name can go from active to passive. Rivals could include Mark Meadows, a former North Carolina congressman who became Trump’s chief of staff. Burr, the outgoing senator, voted in favor to condemn Trump in his impeachment following the January 6 insurrection in the United States Capitol.
Larry Jacobs, director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota, said: “There will be other candidates on the Republican side in North Carolina and some of them will claim allegiance to Donald Trump to try to neutralize that, but also suggest to the voters they have a better chance of beating a fairly competitive Democratic candidate in the general election.
“Because one thing we know about Donald Trump, and this will be part of the political genetics here, is that he is a detour for independents.”
Trump won North Carolina for only 1.3% against Joe Biden, significantly less than his margin in 2016. Democrats hope the state may trend in the same direction as Georgia and Virginia, where anti-Trump resistance was a rallying point.
Antjuan Seawright, A South Carolina-based Democratic strategist who works in North Carolina frequently said, “The demographics of North Carolina still give us real possibilities, real opportunities to do the unthinkable, just like we did in Georgia in January.
“I think the time is right, the environment is right, and Republicans are going to have a fight on their hands that they didn’t expect for that Senate seat. In the same way that Georgia was key for the Senate in the 2020 cycle, I think North Carolina will be equally key for the 2022 cycle ”.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism