Though former President Donald Trump seems like he would be the obvious biggest winner of the failed impeachment trial that was voted on in the Senate on Saturday, according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) it’s Trump’s daughter-in-law that may have actually gained the most.
The former prescient didn’t lose his freedom or his right to run for political office in the future, but Lara Trump could have won the biggest chance she’ll ever have to run for office in North Carolina, according to Graham.
“North Carolina, the biggest winner I think of this whole impeachment trial, is Lara Trump,” Graham told Fox News host Chris Wallace according to The Daily Wire. “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.”
“I certainly will be behind her because I think she represents the future of the Republican Party,” added Graham.
North Carolina is staring down the barrel of putting a new senator in office in the upcoming 2022 election thanks to Burr not seeking re-election, however, even if he did seed re-election, there’s an excellent chance he wouldn’t get it, as he was one of seven Republican senators who voted “guilty” on Saturday’s impeachment trial. According to the Daily Wire, the senior senator from North Carolina made his vote despite believing that holding the impeachment trial was unconstitutional due to Trump no longer holding the office of president.
“When this process started, I believed that it was unconstitutional to impeach a president who was no longer in office. I still believe that to be the case. However, the Senate is an institution based on precedent, and given that the majority in the Senate voted to proceed with this trial, the question of constitutionality is now established precedent. As an impartial juror, my role is now to determine whether House managers have sufficiently made the case for the article of impeachment against President Trump,” said Burr.
“The evidence is compelling that President Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection against a coequal branch of government and that the charge rises to the level of high Crimes and Misdemeanors. Therefore, I have voted to convict,” he said.
As Americans wonder what comes next for the Trump family, we’re reminded that Lara Trump, wife of the former president’s middle son, Eric Trump, has reportedly been weighing a Senate run since November of last year.
Lara Trump, on the other hand, has reportedly been weighing a Senate run since at least November of last year.
Late last year both The New York Times and Politico reported that Lara Trump was considering the monumental run for Senate in North Carolina. The 38-year-old mother of two was born, raised, and attended College in North Carolina, though she currently lives in the state of New York with her family. She served as an adviser on the Trump presidential campaign and was her father-in-law’s unofficial ambassador to the state during his election process.
“She would be formidable,” Kellyanne Conway, former counselor to Donald Trump, told the Times of Lara Trump running for Senate in North Carolina according to The Daily Wire. “She has the trifecta: She can raise money, raise awareness of key issues, and raise attention to her race. Unlike many typical politicians, she connects with people and is a compelling messenger.”
“She’s very charismatic, she understands retail politics well, and has a natural instinct for politics,” said Mercedes Schlapp, an adviser to Trump’s 2020 campaign. “In North Carolina, in particular, she’s a household name and people know her. She worked really hard on the campaign and was very involved in a lot of decisions throughout.”