Political Office Appeals to Donald Trump Jr.

Political Office Appeals to Donald Trump Jr.
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CLEVELAND - Donald Trump's nominating convention might also be the launching pad for the political career of another family member: Donald Trump Jr.

The younger Trump "would consider" running for office when his five children are older and out of school, he said at an event Wednesday hosted by Wall Street Journal.

"It would be appealing as a patriot,” he explained.

The nominee's eldest child, 38, remarked on his future in politics the morning after he delivered a well-received speech to the Republican National Convention here.  On Tuesday he also announced New York’s delegates voting for his father during the roll call of states, symbolically pushing the tally past the mark needed to lock up the GOP nomination.

In the mold of his family, Donald Jr. has focused on his career in the real estate business. A University of Pennsylvania graduate, he works alongside his siblings as senior executives in the Trump Organization.

But his father’s presidential campaign has afforded him a new opportunity -- to explore a role on the campaign trail, including stumping solo for his father in Nevada earlier this year and hunting pheasants in Iowa with his brother Eric. He has meanwhile raised his national profile in television interviews as an articulate surrogate.

Should he pursue a political career of his own, Donald Jr. might offer Republicans a friendlier version of the brand his father has established in this election cycle. At the Wall Street Journal event on Wednesday, he was at ease and positive, engaging the audience with jokes and occasional self-deprecation. Whereas his father has aggressively attacked the media or wary Republicans, Donald Jr. instead shrugged them off with humor.

What he does share with his father, however, is a lack of experience in politics and governing — a factor the younger Trump sees, as does his father, as a net positive. Nor was he willing to feign expertise: When asked about the Glass-Steagall Act, which his father has controversially supported reinstating, Donald Jr. passed on the question. 

“I don’t know enough about it,” he admitted. “I’m not a policy guy.”

Rebecca Berg is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at rberg@realclearpolitics.com.


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