Lara Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, is reportedly eyeing a possible run for the United States Senate in 2022 to replace incumbent Republican Senator Richard Burr, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who plans on retiring at the end of his current term.
Ms. Trump, a North Carolina native, has served as a campaign adviser to Trump.
“It would be an incredible thing. It’s my home state, a state I love so much and. And look, I think we need some strong Republicans in Washington, DC. We had a great run with the Senate and the House this go-round, but you know, let’s see what happens,” she said recently on Fox News. “Let’s get through this one and then we’ll talk about the next one.”
The president, who lost his reelection bid to President-Elect Joe Biden, hinted shortly before the election that Ms. Trump, whose husband is Trump’s middle son Eric, has the political prowess to pull it off.
“We had an asset from North Carolina named Lara Trump, married to the legendary Eric Trump,” Trump remarked at a Wisconsin campaign rally. “We had a big asset there, Lara Trump, and she knew that area so well and they loved her so much. They loved her so much and they just had another baby and they named the baby Carolina.”
Name recognition, however, is probably the biggest factor working in Ms. Trump’s favor even in the face of her father-in-law’s defeat. The president carried North Carolina and its 15 Electoral College votes by roughly 2.5 points over Biden, and the state currently has two Republican Senators – Burr and Thom Tillis, who won reelection in this year’s election. North Carolina’s governor, Roy Cooper, meanwhile, is a Democrat.
Moreover, Ms. Trump is not the only member of the clan to have her sights set on elected office. Rumors have swirled about the potential candidacies of Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son who holds enormous popularity among Republicans, as well as Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka, who has served as a senior White House adviser since 2017.
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