While much of the media has been worked into a frenzy trying to remove President Donald Trump from the White House, or otherwise hinder his reelection chances in 2020, others are already fretting over the possibility that the Trump reign may extend to 2024 and beyond.
President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., spoke at an event in San Antonio, Texas, last week, ahead of his father’s planned rally in Dallas, and this prompted the Associated Press to report on the political aspirations of the president’s namesake.
This being prompted by someone calling out “2024!”
The news agency tagged Trump Jr. as a rising star and “a master preacher,” whose word at Trump rallies “is gospel.”
Accompanied by gal pal Kimberly Guilfoyle, the former Fox News host, and Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale, the first son was getting supporters fired up about the 2020 presidential election — muck like his father, Trump Jr. doesn’t mince words in his political discourse.
“In 2016, my father said something very serious. He goes: ‘What do you have to lose?’ And he was right,” Trump Jr, told a room full of supporters. “So America, you gave him a chance and he has delivered on those promises. Now, what do you have to lose? A lot.”
While telling the room that Trump didn’t “need” the job of president when he ran, his son recalled that his father told him right before coming down the escalator in Trump Tower to announce his candidacy, “Now we find out who our real friends are.”
It was when he began speaking of the “character of the man” in regards to his father that Trump Jr. was interrupted. A man yelled that this included the Trump children, and a person then shouted “2024!”
“Oh god, let’s worry about 2020 first. Come on!” Trump Jr. responded, dismissing the idea.
The AP quoted a supporter, Annie Davidson, 65, of Alamo Heights, who was excited about a possible Trump Jr. candidacy someday.
“He’s the future,” Davidson said. “He’s just like his father and I can’t wait to vote for him someday too.”
Alleged “Republican” political strategist Rick Wilson, a rabid, Trump-hating favorite on CNN and MSNBC, said in an op-ed published last month by The Daily Beast that Trump Jr. will run for office in 2024.
“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,” he wrote. “First, the clues have been there all along that the real 2024 primary will be between Donald J. Trump Jr. and everyone else.”
In Wilson’s eyes, aligning yourself with Democrats and advising them on how to beat Republicans is not a threat to “conservative ideas.”
As for the fretting, it’s oh, so real … here’s a quick sampling from Twitter:
Bear in mind that if Trump resigns (let me dream for just a moment), he’ll spend the rest of his life ranting that the presidency was stolen from him, Don Jr will make that claim the cornerstone of a presidential run in 2024, and well-armed deplorables will believe them.
— Michael Marshall Smith (@ememess) October 1, 2019
I just want to win. Whoever can pull votes from EVERY direction is the ticket for me. I have seen “Trump fever” first hand up close & have heard the chants for Trump JR to run in 2024 if his father wins. 12 more years of Trump could be a death sentence for America.
— Barbara Poeta (@PoetaBarbara) July 8, 2019
Impeaching and removing Trump, or defeating him in 2020, doesn’t mean he goes away.
There were 2024 chants for Jr. at that rally. Grab your barf buckets. https://t.co/DJMaU9XjuG
— Brandon (@Brand_Allen) October 20, 2019
And some people thought The Walking Dead was a pessimistic view of the future. #DumbJr is purely the product of nepotism. He’s never earned a job in his life
— Cranky old guy (@fogdad64) October 21, 2019
— Dennis Pinna (@PinnaDennis) October 21, 2019
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