Eric Trump made his comments in a July 5 interview on Greg Kelly Reports, a news discussion program on the right-leaning Newsmax network. Kelly, the show’s host, asked Eric Trump about Democratic Missouri Representative Cori Bush’s July 4 tweet in which she said the holiday only commemorated freedom for white people.
“This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free,” Bush’s tweet concluded.
Eric Trump began by claiming that Democrats sometimes make such statements to distract from their political party’s policies. He then blamed Democratic President Joe Biden for rising energy prices, the immigrant crisis at the border, “putting handcuffs on the military” and being disrespected by Russia and China. Eric Trump then began to praise his father, the former president.
“There’s no one who has a greater cheerleader for the United States of America than him,” Eric Trump told Kelly. “I mean, he would go out in this beautiful red hat that said USA on it. Where’s that patriotism with Biden? Where is that patriotism with Kamala? In fact, it’s the exact opposite.”
Eric Trump then said that Biden’s failures will set up Republicans for a “landslide” victory in the 2022 midterm elections. He also said Biden’s record would place his father in a good position to win the presidency in 2024, if he decides to run for re-election.
“My father doesn’t need this job,” Eric Trump continued. “He did it because he saw a country that was going down the tubes, and it’s happening again right now.”
Donald Trump has long kept quiet about whether he will run again or not in 2024. On the last day in June, he told Fox News host Sean Hannity that he had made up his mind about whether to run for president again in 2024.
Behind the scenes, some Republicans worry that if he runs, he may potentially harm moderate Republican candidates running in state races or refocus attention on how his baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election contributed to the January 6 Capitol riots.
Far-right GOP Congress members, like Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and Florida Representative Matt Gaetz, have hailed Trump as the future of the party. Meanwhile, other GOP congress members, like Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger and Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, have rejected Trump as a dangerous and anti-democratic influence.
A late-May poll from Quinnipiac University found that 66 percent of Republican voters would like Trump to run in 2024. Only 30 percent opposed the idea. The results reversed when all voters responded. Among all voters, 66 percent opposed Trump running again and only 30 percent supported it.
The same poll found that 85 percent of Republican voters wanted future GOP candidates to agree with Trump on policy issues.
Newsweek contacted the Trump organization for comment.