Republicans are considering Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. for president

Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. ranked in the top four of a poll on possible 2024 GOP presidential candidates

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published January 5, 2020 10:00AM (EST)

Ivanka Trump; Donald Trump Jr. (Getty/Riccardo Savi/Bob Levey)
Ivanka Trump; Donald Trump Jr. (Getty/Riccardo Savi/Bob Levey)

A new poll reveals that two of President Donald Trump's children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, rank among the top four Republicans being considered by party voters for the 2024 presidential nomination.

Twenty-nine percent of Republican and Republican-leaning voters say they would consider Donald Trump Jr. for president and 16 percent said they would consider Ivanka Trump, according to a SurveyMonkey poll for Axios. The same survey found that 40 percent of those voters would consider nominating Vice President Mike Pence, 26 percent would consider former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and 15 percent would consider Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

"An early poll like this is largely a measure of name ID," Axios reporter Neal Rothschild wrote in an article explaining the poll results. "But it's also a vivid illustration of just how strong Trump's brand is with the GOP." The article also noted how Donald Trump Jr.'s recent book "Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us" reached No. 1 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list, that a rally in San Antonio chanted "2024!" when Trump Jr. delivered a speech for the president's reelection and that Trump Jr. was the top choice among young Republican and Republican-leaning voters in the survey (Pence won among older voters within that group). Donald Trump Jr.'s political ambitions have caused him to dabble in far right politics in the past, as he follows a number of white nationalists on Twitter and has retweeted some of them.

Although she ranked below Trump Jr. in the poll, Ivanka Trump actually works for her father's administration, while Trump Jr. has stayed behind to manage the president's business empire with his second eldest son, Eric. Ivanka Trump serves as "Advisor to the President" and has championed policies like paid family leave. She recently attempted to downplay her influence with her father, however, when CBS News anchor Margaret Brennan asked her about her father's controversial family separation policy.

“Immigration is not part of my portfolio, obviously,” Ivanka told Brennan. She then discussed "protecting the most vulnerable" as a priority of "border security" and claimed “that includes those being trafficked across our border, which this president has committed to countering and combating human trafficking in an incredibly comprehensive, aggressive way.”

Both Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. have faced legal trouble since their father became president. They are each under investigation for their alleged role in their father's inauguration, and Trump Jr. is also under investigation for his alleged role in concealing hush money payments and signing checks reimbursing disgraced former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. Ivanka Trump, meanwhile, has been the subject of controversy for her influential role in her father's presidency, raising accusations of nepotism as well as concerns that she had access to highly classified material while not being held to the same restrictions as other federal employees. Ivanka Trump has also been accused by the nonpartisan ethics watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington of violating the Hatch Act by using her Twitter handle for inappropriate political activity.

If either Donald Trump Jr. or Ivanka Trump became president in 2024, it would mark the fourth time in American history that a direct descendant of a previous president was elected to the same office. John Quincy Adams was elected in 1824 after his father, John Adams, had been elected in 1800. Benjamin Harrison was elected in 1888 after his grandfather, William Henry Harrison, had been elected in 1840. Finally George W. Bush was elected in 2000, and reelected in 2004, after his father George H. W. Bush was elected in 1988.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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