Lara Trump announced Saturday evening she would not be running for Senate in 2022, knocking down months of rumors and speculation while leaving open the possibility for a future bid.
“I am saying no for now, not no forever,” the North Carolina native told an audience at the North Carolina GOP state convention.
The daughter-in-law of former President Donald Trump cited her two young children as the main reasons she wouldn’t run. She added that one is just a year old and the other is 3.
“When you do something, you give 100%. That is the only way to operate,” she said. “At the right time, I would absolutely love to come back and consider running for something here in my home state because I love it dearly.”
Donald Trump lauded Lara Trump, saying she would have been “tough” to defeat.
“But I think she did the right thing for her and for her family,” he added.
Instead, Donald Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd in his speech Saturday evening, noting that a number of potential candidates had waited until Lara Trump had made her decision before announcing their candidacies.
“He will fight like hell. He will fight like nobody fights,” he said.
After Lara Trump left the podium, the former president immediately pivoted to the Senate race, calling Budd “your next senator.”
“This is a complete, and total endorsement,” he said.
In selecting Budd, who has served in the House since 2017, Trump shunned the candidacies of former Gov. Pat McCrory and former Rep. Mark Walker, conservative politicians who were angling for his coveted endorsement.
Next year, Republicans hope to build on their gains in North Carolina, as they’ve been successful in state legislative races and with Trump’s statewide wins in 2016 and 2020.
But Democrats control the Governor’s Mansion and are eager to gain a true foothold in this politically-tricky Southern state and expand their razor-thin Senate majority.
Lara Trump on Thursday pushed back on the baseless notion that her father-in-law, former President Donald Trump, could be reinstated in the White House in August.
“As far as I know, there are no plans for Donald Trump to be in the White House in August,” she told “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade. “Maybe there’s something I don’t know, Brian, but no, I think that is a lot of folks getting a little worked up about something because maybe there wasn’t enough pushback from the Republican side, so no, I have not heard any plans for Donald Trump to be installed in the White House in August.”
She also appeared to blame mainstream media outlets for reporting that Trump believes he’ll be reinstalled, saying, “I think you should take a look at who those networks are and who is pushing that out.”
This idea that Donald Trump will be back in the White House in the summer stemmed from MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell who has spent the last several months pushing false and preposterous claims of the 2020 election being rigged.
Lindell first claimed in an appearance on Steve Bannon’s podcast in March that he would be presenting bombshell evidence to the Supreme Court of foreign countries and “communism coming in” and stealing the 2020 presidential election from Trump. This evidence, he claimed, would result in Trump being “reinstalled” in the White House in August.
Sidney Powell, a lawyer who’s filed several failed election-related lawsuits and pushed outlandish conspiracy theories about hacked voting machines, again shared the baseless reinstatement theory at a conference of QAnon supporters in Dallas, Texas, over the weekend.
Aside from Lindell’s lack of evidence of this massive fraud, which he’s had months to produce, there is no constitutional mechanism for the Supreme Court to overturn an election because the president is elected state by state in the Electoral College, not by a national vote.
There is also no constitutional framework for a former president to be “reinstated” in the White House.
The only way for Biden to removed from office at this point would be through the impeachment process, and that wouldn’t result in Trump being reinstalled either.
Eric Trump and his wife Lara are the latest members of their famous family to scoop up premium real estate in south Florida.
The couple bought a mansion in Jupiter, Florida, located in Palm Beach County, for $3.2 million in March, property records show. A December real estate listing for the five-bed, seven-bathroom property said it was the largest home in the Trump National Golf Club gated community.
“Breathtaking preserve & golf views surround this luxurious, completely renovated, private estate home located on the largest lot in the exclusive gated community of Trump National Golf Club,” it said. “The exterior has been designed like a Tuscany estate while the interior has a transitional contemporary feel.”
The listing, which features photos of the property, also says the home has two master bedrooms, his and hers closets, and a safe room, as well as a backyard with a pool, kitchen, and a full cabana bath.
The Trump National Golf Club is owned by Eric Trump’s father and former president Donald Trump, who bought the club from Ritz-Carlton in 2012.
The community is next door to another luxurious gated community, Admirals Cove, where Don Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, spent $9.7 million on a six-bedroom, 11-bathroom waterfront mansion.
Donald Trump also relocated to Palm Beach, Florida, after leaving office, and took up residence at his Mar-a-Lago resort along with his wife, Melania, and son Barron. Though Insider’s Tom LoBianco reported the family is temporarily relocating to Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, for the summer.
Former first daughter Ivanka Trump has also settled in Florida, further south in Miami. Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner spent $32 million in December on an empty lot in a private island community known as Miami’s ‘Billionaire Bunker.’ The couple is staying in a luxury oceanfront rental until their new home is ready, The Miami Herald reported.
Former President Donald Trump on Friday gave a short speech during an apparently impromptu appearance at a dog rescue at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach Florida, local news outlet WPTV reported.
The fundraiser was led by Lauree Simmons, the president and founder of Big Dog Ranch Rescue, who told WPTV she held the fundraiser in hopes of raising $500,000 to use a plane to extract dogs from dog meat farms in China.
“[What you’re] doing is so important and so great, and so important and I’m with you 100%, and you had many meetings in the White House and the Oval Office having to do with saving and helping dogs,” Trump said Friday.
Lara Trump, the wife of Trump’s son Eric Trump, was listed as a chairwoman for the organization’s charity events beginning in 2018, according to the report. Simmons in 2019 visited the White House when Trump signed a bill focused on animal cruelty, according to HuffPost.
While on stage, Trump referenced the rumors that his daughter-in-law was eyeing a run for Senate.
“I want to thank Lara, who has been so incredible. I don’t know, you’re running for the Senate,” he said in a video recorded Friday and posted to Twitter, wearing his signature “Make America Great Again” red hat. “I hear she’s going to run for the Senate.”
Trump has made few public appearances since he left office in January, plagued by scandal following his monthslong refusal to concede his loss to President Joe Biden and his inciting the January 6 riot at the US Capitol that left five people dead.
He continued: “My dear friend Richard Burr, who I like and have 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 will be behind her because she represents the future of the Republican Party.”
Insider previously reported that Lara, who is married to Eric Trump, was considering running for Senate in North Carolina for the midterm elections in 2022.
Former President Donald Trump extended Secret Service protections for all of his adult children and their spouses, as well as three top administration officials, just before leaving the White House, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
The taxpayer-funded security will be extended to Trump’s four adult children and their spouses – Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and wife Lara Trump, and Tiffany Trump, three people familiar with the president’s request told The Post. Trump’s grandchildren will also be included in the protections deriving from that of their parents.
Former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and former National Security Advisor Robert C. O’Brien were also granted Secret Service protections by the president, according to The Post report.
Typically, Trump and his wife Melania are automatically granted the expensive 24-hour protection for their lifetimes, and their 14-year-old son Barron will receive such protections until the age of 16. Former Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence are also entitled to full-time security detail post-administration for the next six months.
Trump isn’t the first president to extend Secret Service protections to those who aren’t automatically entitled to receive them. Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush granted security details to their college-age daughters for a period of time following their terms. Former President Barack Obama extended protections to his daughters Sasha and Malia after he left office, who were in high school and college respectively.
Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of President Donald Trump, decided against running for an open Senate seat in Wyoming last year, according to Politico.
The article detailed the political futures of the Trump family, specifically that of White House advisor Ivanka Trump, who is thought of as a potential Republican challenger to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022.
According to the Politico report, Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, are looking at real estate in Florida,
Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of President Donald Trump, decided against running for an open Senate seat in Wyoming in 2020, according to Politico.
In an article detailing the political futures of the Trump family, specifically that of White House advisor Ivanka Trump, who is thought of as a potential Republican challenger to GOP Sen. Marco Rubio in 2022, the development about Wyoming was notable.
“The president’s eldest son, Don Jr., is eyeing a future in politics as well, though allies say it’s unclear when or what office he’d seek after he passed on running for the Senate in Wyoming this last cycle,” Politico said.
Donald Trump Jr. has sparred with home state Rep. Liz Cheney over his father’s foreign policy agenda in the past, but despite Wyoming’s strong Republican lean, he lacked roots in the Western state, which is also the least populated state in the US.
The Wyoming seat, which became open when four-term GOP Sen. Mike Enzi decided to retire, was won by former congresswoman and newly sworn-in Sen. Cynthia Lummis last year.
According to the Politico report, Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, are looking at real estate in Florida, where much of the Trump family, including the president and first lady Melania Trump, will be headed next week.
Lara Trump, wife of the president’s son Eric, is said to be seriously considering a 2022 Senate bid in North Carolina, her home state. She would be running for an open seat being vacated by three-term GOP Sen. Richard Burr.
“It’s real and she is legitimately interested in it,” a Trump family advisor told Politico.
The Trump political brand still faces dire political turbulence, however.