Despite being a focus of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Donald Trump Jr. has been a highly sought after midterm campaigner and recipient of his father’s pride, according to a Sunday Washington Post report.
Trump Jr.’s participation in the Trump Tower meeting, while placing him in possible legal jeopardy, makes him a sympathetic figure with ardent Trump fans and has rallied his father to his side.
“Don has received notoriety for a brief meeting, that many politicians would have taken, but most importantly, and to the best of my knowledge, nothing happened after the meeting concluded,” Trump said in a statement to the Post.
In a less polished statement, a source told the Post that recently, as Trump Jr.’s face came onto the screen when Trump was watching Fox News, he said: “Don’s gotten really good. My people love him.”
Trump Jr. seems to be such an effective surrogate because he can comfortably occupy two worlds. An avid outdoorsman, he feels as comfortable with hunters in Montana as he does with real estate moguls in New York. And per the Post, he is free from his father’s burning desire to be accepted into the fold of elites he so often derides.
However, Trump Jr., like his father, has sometimes fanned the flames of controversy, including when he likened immigrants to a bowl of skittles, some of which could be killers.
Nevertheless, Trump Jr. is embarking on an intense midterm campaign schedule this fall as an in-demand stumper and surrogate.