Donald Trump Jr. gets rave GOP reviews

Donald Trump Jr. gets rave GOP reviews
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CLEVELAND — Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE Jr. is sparking chatter here about his own political future after his time in the spotlight at the Republican National Convention. 

Hours after casting the decisive votes on behalf of the New York delegation to make the senior Trump's nomination for president official, he delivered a prime-time speech Tuesday night that even impressed his father's critics. 


Trump Jr. stoked the buzz further on Wednesday as he expressed interest in a potential run for office.

“Maybe when the kids get out of school, I would consider it,” he said at an event sponsored by The Wall Street Journal.

Trump Jr., a 38-year-old father of five children, added that he still has ”a lot to do in my own career." 

His speech Tuesday night was one of the best-received in the convention hall as he touted his father’s business success in an effort to humanize the polarizing real estate mogul.

“I’ve seen it time and time again — that look in his eyes when someone says it can’t be done,” Trump Jr. said. “I saw that look a little over a year ago when he was told he couldn’t possibly succeed in politics.”

“His unrelenting determination is why he’s going to become the next president,” he added. “And why I know when my father says he’s going to fix the country, he means it."

Renowned GOP pollster Frank Luntz surveyed a focus group of undecided voters on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show shortly after Trump Jr. spoke. Sixteen of the 19 participants agreed: They’d like to see Trump Jr. run for office.

The voters in the focus group didn’t hold whatever misgivings they hold about Donald Trump against his son. 

“The father should take lessons from the son. He didn’t tear anybody down,” one participant said.

Trump Jr., notably, retweeted a Fox News link detailing the results of Luntz’s focus group.

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), the first member of Congress to endorse Trump, told The Hill that he saw Trump Jr.’s political potential after they both appeared at a recent National Rifle Association event.

“You know, I think you could be a solid candidate against Sen. [Charles] Schumer someday,” Collins jokingly told Trump Jr., who laughed off the suggestion.

Of course, it would be extraordinarily difficult for any Republican to unseat Schumer, the likely next Senate Democratic leader, in deep-blue New York. But Collins said his impression of Trump Jr. was a preview of what the nation saw Tuesday night.

“He is such a natural, my goodness,” Collins said.

Members of Trump’s family are slated to speak every night of the GOP convention. His third and current wife, Melania, spoke on the opening night; Donald Jr. and daughter Tiffany both spoke on Tuesday; his son Eric on Wednesday night; and Ivanka will introduce her father when he formally accepts the GOP nomination on Thursday.

Trump Jr. has been one of his father's most influential advisers throughout the campaign and is an executive vice president of the Trump Organization. He also served as a New York delegate in Cleveland.

Ralph Mohr, a New York delegate from Buffalo, expressed enthusiasm for the idea of Trump Jr. launching a bid for public office.

“We can use Republican representatives out of Manhattan in New York. He would be a good candidate, I believe,” Mohr told The Hill in an interview near the Quicken Loans Arena, where Trump Jr. had electrified the crowd the night before.

“The family hasn’t been in politics before. Maybe this is something that they’ll enjoy and be able to get going into to become involved in politics and maybe run for office,” Mohr said. 

Even conservative commentator Erick Erickson found himself praising Trump Jr. despite his disdain for the party’s 2016 presidential nominee.

“If he were running for President, he sounds like a guy I could support. But alas he is not. His dad is,” Erickson wrote in a blog post titled “Donald Trump, Jr. For President.”

“He knows his audience. This guy could have a future in politics,” he concluded.