Two periods in, and the Republican National Convention searches a lot like a Trump family business.
Just as Donald Trump worked closely with his children at the Trump Organization, numerous members of the President’s immediate family, including all four of his adult children, are speaking throughout the week at the RNC to advocate for his re-election. On the first night of the convention, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. talk, as well as Don Jr.’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle. First Lady Melania Trump headlined the second night, with President Trump sitting in the front row to watch her speech in the Rose Garden. The president’s children Tiffany Trump and Eric Trump both spoke before Melania on Tuesday, and a list of speakers sent out by the Trump campaign ahead of the week’s occurrences also has Ivanka Trump and Eric’s wife, Lara Trump, scheduled to speak.
Trump has long valued allegiance among his closest associates above all else, and simply a small group of people have managed to stay in his kindnes through the vicissitudes of his first term. For the president, viewing his children as some of his best surrogates is a natural expansion of that loyalty-focused mentality.
“President Trump is a family man who cares deeply about his wife and children ,” says Samantha Zager, deputy national press secretary for the Trump campaign.” For years, the Democrats and mainstream media- blinded by bias- have sought to dehumanize and discredit that side of him, and the Republican National Convention is a perfect opportunity for those who know the President best to tell their stories.”
Polling also suggests voters may respond better to the president’s family than to other speakers appearing at the requirements of the convention. In a Morning Consult/ Politico poll liberated on August 24, members of Trump’s nuclear family were more popular than other the heads of state of the Republican Party among all voters, although there was still a wide partisan gap in how they were viewed. According to the poll, which was conducted Aug. 21 -2 3 among 1,992 registered voters and has a 2-point margin of correct, Melania Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. all polled higher–both among Republican voters and voters overall — than other Republican on the convention lineup, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, former United Nations representative Nikki Haley and Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton.
It isn’t unusual for politicians’ families to take the stage at nominating conventions to support the candidate. Several members of former Vice President Joe Biden‘s family speaking at the Democratic National Convention last week, including Biden’s wife and son, Hunter. But for Trump, family are equally important to his political apparatus as it was to his business. His daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner have senior roles in the White House( though Kushner is absent from the scheduled list of convention orators ), and his adult sons and their partners work closely with the re-election campaign.
” I miss running alongside you every day but I’m damn proud to be on the front lines of this fight ,” Eric Trump said during his speech in a direct address to his father.” I am proud of what you are doing for this country .”
The show of unity from Trump’s inner circle this week comes amid report of fraught dynamics between the President and other members of his family. Trump’s estranged niece Mary Trump released a tell-all book earlier this year in which she — backed by her doctoral degree in clinical psychology — says her uncle exhibits characteristics of narcissism and claims that he paid someone to take his SATs for him to get into college.( A White House spokesperson has denied this allegation .)
On Aug. 22, the Washington Post reported that Mary Trump had secretly recorded the President’s sister Maryanne Trump Barry, a retired federal magistrate, lambasting her younger friend. “He has no principles. None. None ,” Barry says in the recording published by the Post. She also says: “I’m talking too freely, but you are well aware. The change of tales. The absence of planning. The lying. Holy sh-t.”
In response to his sister’s comments, the president said in a statement, “Every day it’s something else, who cares. I miss my brother, and I’ll continue to work hard for the American people .” Trump’s younger friend Robert Trump passed away on August 15.
Any familial tension looming in the background was largely absent from the family lectures Tuesday night. Tiffany Trump, who rarely makes public looks, protected her father’s firstly term and said he has taken on” the creation, the entrenched bureaucracy, big pharma, and media monopolies .”
” My father has made me believe that America can truly be great again ,” Tiffany Trump said. Her appearance in particular demonstrated the commitment to giving Trump’s household a platform this week , noted a top campaign spokesperson, because the recent Georgetown Law graduate doesn’t often campaign for her father. Tuesday was her first major lecture since she speaking at the 2016 convention.” Tiffany is not one who shapes very many public looks, so there should be a good sum of attention paid to those remarks ,” Trump campaign communications head Tim Murtaugh said on a press bawl Tuesday afternoon.
Eric Trump talk immediately to “his fathers” at the end of his speech, stimulating explicit citations to household to close his remarks.” I am proud to show my children what their granddad is fighting for ,” he said. And, referencing his late uncle, he continued:” Dad, let’s build Uncle Robert proud … Let’s run get another 4 years .”
Speaking to an assembled crowd in the Rose Garden with her husband in the front row, Melania Trump said the president” is a husband who are in favour of me in everything that I do .”
Amid personal narratives about her own upbringing and recounting meaningful experiences fulfilling the military, children and American households as First Lady, Melania Trump likewise praised her husband’s passion for “the two countries “.” The future of our country has always been very important to him ,” she said,” and it is something I that I have always admired .” She continued:” From the working day that I convene him, he has only wanted to make this country the best it can be. For many years, I watched him grow concerned and frustrated. And I’m so proud to see the many things he has done in such a short period of time .”
” If you tell him it cannot be done ,” she added,” he merely runs harder .”
After Melania Trump concluded her lecture, the president stood up and joined her onstage, giving her two kiss on the cheek and praising beside her before they went hand in hand down the colonnade into the residence.
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