One of the president’s family members is widely considered a top contender to replace a Republican senator who plans to retire in North Carolina.
Daughter-in-law to the president Lara Trump is seriously thinking about running for the U.S. Senate in the 2022 mid-term election.
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) has decided not to stand for re-election despite spending more than 15 years in public office. The senator is expected to continue his civil service until 2022, at which point a replacement will be required, fueling media speculation that Lara Trump would be a perfect fit, according to Politico.
Lara Trump is married to the president’s second-eldest son Eric and grew up in Wilmington, 201 miles southeast of Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, has been the president’s campaign adviser in 2016 and 2020, and supported the 2020 Trump campaign at various rallies across North Carolina before Election Day.
The Old North State has increasingly emerged as a swing state recently, with President Trump defeating Democratic rival Joe Biden by just 1 percent. According to data compiled by the same publication at the 2016 presidential election, the incumbent defeated then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by a 2.8 percent margin.
The Oval Office recently criticized Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper for failing to certify that the 2020 Republican National Convention (RNC) could be held.
The president revealed that Cooper initially promised to allow the event to proceed but later changed his mind, putting organizers into a difficult position where they would need to invest significant time and money to prepare for an event that might not go ahead. The RNC ended up being held virtually from the Queen City.
“Spend millions of dollars, have everybody arrive, and then tell them they will not be able to gain entry,” he said on Twitter. “Gov. Cooper is still in shelter-in-place mode and not allowing us to occupy the arena, as originally anticipated and promised.”
The governor did not cite party politics as a reason for the sudden change of heart and maintained it was due to strict social distancing measures to help contain the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
“We have been committed to a safe RNC convention in North Carolina, and it is unfortunate they never agreed to scale down and make changes to keep people safe,” he said on Twitter. “Protecting public health and safety during this pandemic is a priority.”
However, the president believes Cooper’s backflip on the RNC has cost the state significant business and employment opportunities.
“[The event] would have showcased beautiful North Carolina to the world, and brought in hundreds of millions of dollars, and jobs for the state,” he said on Twitter.