Lara Trump, daughter-in-law of former President Donald Trump, speaks at a Republican fundraiser at the Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, on August 31, 2018.
AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsiváis
Donald Trump mocked a possible candidacy of his daughter-in-law Lara Trump for a North Carolina Senate seat in 2022.
The former president raised the possibility of Lara during some impromptu remarks at Mar-a-Lago while speaking at a fundraiser for Big Dog Ranch Rescue on Friday. Lara Trump has long been an animal rights activist.
“I didn’t exactly prepare for this, but I was walking around and I heard everyone yelling,” Trump said from the lectern to furious applause. “I want to thank Lara who has been so amazing – and I don’t know, are you running for Senate? I heard you are running for Senate! “
The video of the moment was uploaded to Twitter by local. TA Walker, journalist from Florida.
North Carolina Senator Richard Burr will retire in 2022. Lara, 38, of Tar Heel, has not officially declared herself a candidate for the seat, but has had no qualms about fueling speculation.
“I couldn’t think of anything greater than representing the people of my home state, representing North Carolina,” he said during a podcast interview in December.
Burr was one of seven Republican senators who voted to accuse Trump of inciting a Jan.6 insurrection at the capitol that left at least five dead. A Lara Trump run would be an early test of the former president’s staying power with Republican and state voters.
“If Lara entered the race, I think she would get widespread and immediate attention across the state,” Michael Whatley, chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, told the Associated Press earlier this month.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has also said that Lara Trump would be an ideal candidate for the nomination if she wanted to.