Donald Trump, historically unpopular and hysterically miserable, is once again falling back on his old standby: fraudulent rallies with his base, as the rest of the nation increasingly turns against him. Tonight the “Trump campaign” held yet another faux-2020 rally centered around his family members, and Donald Trump surely would have liked to have had at least one relative whose name he can remember. But they’re all now under criminal investigation.
So instead the rally was headlined by least-favorite child Eric Trump and his wife Lara Trump, the latter of whom we’re not even convinced Donald Trump has ever met. This helps serve to demonstrate just how thoroughly the Trump family is being carved up by the exploding Russia scandal. Trump’s more prominent son Donald Trump Jr. is now under criminal investigation for colluding with the Russian government to try to rig the election, a prison-for-life felony. Trump’s trusted son-in-law Jared Kushner, who sounds too much like Milhouse from the Simpsons to be used at a rally anyway, has been caught committing multiple Russia-related felonies of his own. And Trump’s prized daughter Ivanka is in legal trouble for having helped to keep Jared’s meetings secret.
So now Donald Trump is down to Eric – who is best known for being portrayed as the dumb one on Saturday Night Live and for having allowed his father to steal from his children’s cancer charity – and Eric’s wife, whoever she is. Yet the family that grifts together stays together. And so as Donald Trump keeps holding these rallies under the guise of a phony 2020 reelection campaign so that he can use the fundraised money to pay his family’s legal bills, the racket continues with whoever isn’t yet under investigation.
And even these two bottom-of-the-Trump-barrel figures are tenuous. The powerful Democratic Coalition now says it’s investigating Lara Trump (link), while the Senate sent a letter to Eric this week demanding that he turn over any communications he had with key figures in the Russia scandal.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report