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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Barron Trump Selected as Delegate for Republican National Convention

Barron Trump, the youngest son of former President Donald J. Trump, steps into the political spotlight as he is selected to be one of Florida’s delegates to the Republican National Convention. At just 18 years old and on the brink of high school graduation, Barron’s entry into the political arena marks a notable departure from his previously guarded privacy.

Joining 40 other at-large delegates, Barron’s role in the convention, where his father is expected to be nominated as the Republican presidential candidate, signals a significant moment for the Trump family. Alongside his more politically active brothers, Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr., Barron’s participation adds another dimension to the Trump campaign.

Tiffany Trump, Mr. Trump’s younger daughter, also secures a spot as a Florida delegate, while Ivanka Trump, his eldest child, is notably absent from the list. While it’s common for politicians’ children to engage in campaign activities, Barron has remained relatively distant from his father’s political pursuits in recent years. Whether he will take the stage at the convention, as his siblings have done in previous elections, remains to be seen.

Barron’s graduation from a private high school in Florida on May 17 became a focal point in Mr. Trump’s legal proceedings in Manhattan, where the former president faced a hush-money trial. The scheduling conflict prompted discussions between Mr. Trump’s legal team and the judge overseeing the case. Ultimately, the judge granted a day off from court proceedings to accommodate Barron’s graduation ceremony.

The selection of Barron and other Trump family members as delegates underscores the Trumps’ enduring influence within the Republican Party. Lara Trump, Eric Trump’s wife, was appointed as co-chair of the Republican National Committee earlier in the year, further solidifying the family’s presence in party politics.

Notable figures among Florida’s delegation include Kimberly Guilfoyle, Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancée, and Michael Boulos, Tiffany Trump’s husband. Longtime allies of Mr. Trump, such as Isaac Perlmutter, former Marvel Entertainment CEO and prominent donor, and Steve Witkoff, a real estate investor and close friend of the former president, also join the roster of delegates.

The composition of the Florida delegation reflects the intertwining of personal and political connections within the Trump orbit. As the Republican Party gears up for the national convention, Barron Trump’s inclusion serves as a reminder of the family’s enduring presence and influence in American politics.

Chris Matthews
Chris Matthews
I am a Political News Journalist of The National Era
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