Whatever your opinion of President Donald Trump, there is no doubt that the man exudes high levels of confidence. This trait has been passed down to his children, who have been put in charge of his business empire.
In a recent Cindy Adams column, she claimed that Donald Trump Jr. could be looking to run for New York City Mayor in 2020. If the president’s son and namesake decides to do so, however, he will be facing significant obstacles.
Adams wrote of Trump Jr.’s ambitions in her inimitable fashion, “We are not talking some parched sod in Iowa, where the corn is as high as a Democrat’s eye. Kiddies, mother is saying friends are saying he is saying he’d like to run for mayor of New York City.”
There are a number of factors that could be detrimental to Trump Jr.’s chances. Most important of all, though, would be Donald Sr.’s unpopularity in New York City.
Even candidates who lose elections in landslides are still generally successful on their home turf. This was not true of Trump Sr.’s performance in New York City during the 2016 presidential elections. Hillary Clinton defeated the Republican candidate, defeating Trump by a margin of 79% to 19%.
If Trump Jr. was to run against Bill de Blasio in 2021, he’d again be facing an uphill climb. de Blasio won the 2017 mayoral election by a margin of 66% to 27%.
The Trump name has become increasingly toxic in New York City. A total of 6 New York residential buildings have voted to remove the Trump name from their properties.
Here’s the letter from the board announcing the removal of the “Trump Place” sign at 120 Riverside Blvd. pic.twitter.com/bHvO3Czu73
— David Fahrenthold (@Fahrenthold) February 21, 2019
Donald Trump Jr. and the Trump brand are wildly popular in many parts of the country. New York City, though, is not one of those areas.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.