Republican political strategist Rick Wilson predicted that Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, will run for office in 2024 and is likely to win the GOP nomination.
“There are three 2024 scenarios that Republicans pretend they won’t face, but that represent the further decline and fall of a once-great party of conservative ideas,” Wilson wrote in a Daily Beast op-ed published Thursday. “First, the clues have been there all along that the real 2024 primary will be between Donald J. Trump, Jr. and everyone else.”
“It’s becoming more obvious by the day,” he said.
Trump Jr. has been “on the road doing fundraisers and political events for the Republican candidates,” Wilson noted, as a sign that he’s considering a future run for the White House.
“He is fluent in the language of whining, dickish grievance-mongering, which has replaced modern conservatism,” Wilson said. “Whether the GOP wannabe 2024 field knows it or not, it’s DJTJ’s opening shot for the 2024 nomination.”
He then suggested that Trump Jr., who is currently serving as a trustee and executive vice president for the Trump Organization, may have an even greater chance of the GOP 2024 nomination if his father loses his 2020 reelection bid.
“Every single one of these candidates will spend the year before the election posturing and posing as the sole heir to Donald Trump’s legacy,” he added.
Last Thursday, Trump Jr. headlined a rally in support of Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s re-election bid at Pikeville’s Appalachian Wireless Arena.
The event’s organizers had to ask “the audience to move out of the seats and closer to the stage” because the rally was so “sparsely-attended,” WFPL reported.
In March, Trump Jr. told Bloomberg he wouldn’t “rule out” running for office in the future. “I definitely enjoy the fight,” he said. “I definitely like being out there and I love being able to see the impact and the difference that it makes on these people’s lives that I get to see all over the country.”