South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham argued on Sunday that Lara Trump was the biggest winner of the Senate impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump.
During an interview on Fox News, Graham said Lara Trump — who is married to Eric Trump, the former president’s son, can use impeachment ahead of her rumored Senate run in North Carolina.
“North Carolina, the biggest winner I think of this whole impeachment trial, is Lara Trump,” Graham told Fox News host Chris Wallace.
“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,” he added.
“I certainly will be behind her because I think she represents the future of the Republican Party,” added Graham.
Burr, who will not be seeking re-election as North Carolina’s senator in 2022, was one of seven Republican senators to vote “guilty” in the impeachment trial on Saturday.
Lara Trump, on the other hand, has reportedly been weighing a Senate run since at least November of last year.
Back in November, both The New York Times and Politico reported that Lara Trump was weighing a possible Senate run in North Carolina, where she was raised and attended college.
The NYT report added:
Much of the speculation about who might inherit the Trump mantle has focused on his eldest children, who have cultivated their own niche followings. Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, has the deepest connection with the online disinformation system that has fueled support for his father as well as with the Trump base that supports protecting the Second Amendment.
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Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter and a White House official who focused on work force development, was deployed on the campaign trail to make the president more palatable to the suburban women who were turned off by his tone and his tweets. She generally steered clear of repeating her father’s ad hominem attacks on President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., or his son Hunter, or casting doubt on the integrity of the election.
But Ivanka Trump, people familiar with her plans said, is still deciding on whether to settle her family in New Jersey or Florida and has no immediate intention to pursue elected office herself. Donald Trump Jr., meanwhile, despite his talent for channeling his father’s id, may choose to forgo a run for office altogether.
Eric Trump, the most-low profile of the Trump siblings, has never cultivated a political spotlight, leaving the way clear for his wife.
During the 2020 presidential election, Lara Trump served as an advisor to the president’s re-election campaign and traveled to the state on his behalf.
She is also a native of North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina State University.
“She would be formidable,” Kellyanne Conway, former counselor to Donald Trump, told the Times of Lara Trump running for Senate in North Carolina.
“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,” Conway added.
“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,” Schlapp said.