Donald Trump's oldest son might be the next Trump to appear on a ballot. After a rousing speech at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night praised by conservatives and liberals alike, Donald Trump Jr. said Wednesday he would consider running for office once his own children are grown.
Donald Trump Jr., a adviser to his father's campaigns, described the presidential candidate as an everyman business mogul from Queens during the speech that inspired many to suggest he run for office next. When asked by reporters about his political ambitions Wednesday, the 38-year-old New Yorker responded: "When the kids get out of school, I would consider it."
He added he'd "love to be able to do it, as a patriot," The Associated Press reported.
After his step-mother Melania Trump was ridiculed on Twitter for cribbing from a Michelle Obama speech during her remarks Monday at the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump Jr. was also accused of plagiarism. His speech included a line that apparently mirrored a recent story in the publication, The American Conservative. But otherwise, his appearance was a hit.
"Perhaps Donald Trump Jr. should run? His speech was excellent," tweeted politically active talk show host Montel Williams, who often criticizes the Republican presidential candidate. Conservative commentator Dana Loesch called the speech "great."
Former Barack Obama chief strategist David Axelrod also conceded that Donald Trump Jr. was a success, Politico reported. "However polished, a very political-sounding speech. Not sure attack dog is the role candidate's son should be playing," he tweeted. He later added: "In fairness, folks I respect had [positive] reaction to Don Jr., responding to his powerful speech as meaningful validation of his dad."
Donald Trump Jr. described his father as a hardworking patriarch who spent his time on job sites and conference rooms.
The Manhattan businessman "didn't hide out behind some desk in an executive suite," his son said. "He spent his career with regular Americans. He hung out with the guys on construction sites, pouring sheet rock and hanging -- pouring concrete and hanging sheet rock... He listened to them and he valued their opinions as much and often more than the guys from Harvard and Wharton, locked away in offices, away from the real work."
Time has a full transcript of the speech here.