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Like father, like son. Make no doubt about it. Donald Trump Jr. has been bitten by the political bug, and, as written by Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard, he “is returning to the glare of the Klieg lights to take on the new president with a tour, newsletter, and direct messages to the MAGA nation.” Let the shredding begin (continue).
"He's a puppet of the radical left, and he's their dream guy because they'll sign whatever they put in front of them, and he doesn't know the difference."https://t.co/mMRYXQ1RAn
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) February 15, 2021
Fresh off his self-published bestseller, Liberal Privilege: Joe Biden And The Democrats’ Defense Of The Indefensible, Trump Jr. told the Examiner “The reality is that pretty much no one out there has the ability to have the platform that I have to be able to get it out there.” New York publishers have reportedly banned Trump Sr. and his top aides.
“It’s the only book out. It’s also probably the only book in the near future that will be critical of Biden because no one will publish anything from a conservative viewpoint. I think we have a great head start.”
The book centers on the Hunter Biden scandal and other “scandalous Biden family financing,” as well as campaign promises Trump Jr. says Biden has already failed to live up to. “The reality is, I could rename the book ‘I Told You So,’” he said.
TRUMP JR: Biden is Radical Left’s ‘Dream Puppet’ Because He’ll Sign Whatever They Put in Front of Him https://t.co/YFX791GkXs
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) February 15, 2021
As was the case with his father — who was clearly in his element during his fired-up Trumpapalooozas — Jr. said he was far more comfortable on the campaign trail than with being “the guy in a boardroom in New York City.”
“Politics allowed me to actually be who I was more so than the guy in a boardroom in New York City. It’s the guy who I was on the weekends. I was acting, per se, when I put on a suit to be in a boardroom.
“You know, I actually understand the base because I live with the base. These are my friends. These are my people.”
Given the way the election and post-election played out, Jr. thinks “we’re more popular” now than on Election Day. In particular, he zeroed in on the media’s attempt to portray Biden as “a moderate nice guy” who is, in reality, he said, a “puppet of the radical left.”
“We’re more popular with the base now than we were on Election Day, I think because they realize how bad it is. They realize the tech censorship, which we talked about extensively. They realize that the lies that the media sold them.
“They realize that they have been played. They realize that they’ve been sold in a bill of goods that was nonsense. Joe Biden’s not the moderate nice guy that they made him out to be.
“He’s a puppet of the radical left, and he’s their dream guy because they’ll sign whatever they put in front of them, and he doesn’t know the difference.”
Not to read too much — or too little — into his comments, but Jr. sure did sound as if he were trying to position himself to run for office, although he didn’t suggest which office. Then again, there are “those” who have suggested that he or his sister Ivanka could be a potential presidential candidate in 2024.
— Forbes (@Forbes) February 15, 2021
He suggested, probably rightly so, that many conservatives are afraid to speak out for fear of “being canceled,” but he “couldn’t care less” about who thinks what. Sound familiar?
“The reality is this. There is a shortage of conservatives out there who are willing to say what everyone in the conservative movement feels and believes. They’re afraid. They’re worried about being canceled.
“They care more about what some liberal at some D.C. quote-unquote ‘think tank’ thinks about them than they do the guy who just lost his job and won’t be able to feed his family next week. I couldn’t care less.
“I couldn’t care less what those people think. I care about the hard-working men and women. That’s what we made our campaign on. That’s what we’re going to do.”
Moments after he was acquitted in the Senate impeachment trial, former President Trump released a statement in which he said, in part: “Our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun.”
That could — and most likely does — mean different things to different people.
To those clamoring for Trump to run in 2024, it’s a hint. To others, it could mean he’s interested, perhaps, in playing Republican kingmaker — via a “Trump media company,” endorsements and speaking engagements, and other activities.
And in other “Trump politics news,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News host Chris Wallace on Sunday that he would “certainly” support Lara Trump — Eric Trump’s wife — if she runs for a North Carolina Senate seat in 2022.
Graham not only called Lara Trump “the winner of the impeachment trial,” but also the “future of the Republican Party.”
“The biggest winner of this whole impeachment trial I think is Lara Trump. My dear friend [retiring Sen.] Richard Burr, who I like and I’ve been friends to a long time, just made Lara Trump almost the certain nominee for the Senate seat in North Carolina to replace him if she runs, and I certainly would be behind her because I think she represents the future of the Republican Party.”
There’s a lot of water to flow under the bridge between now and 2024, but one thing seems certain. Trump family politics doesn’t look to be going away any time soon.
Nancy Pelosi was unavailable for comment. Heh.