During a final bid to Iowa Republicans just hours before the caucuses on Monday, the ex-president’s eldest son and his fiancé Kimberly Guilfoyle delivered remarks to supporters in Ankney, Iowa.
Trump Jr., serving as the top surrogate for Trump’s campaign in Iowa, was asked by an audience member whether he would consider a presidential run in 2028 – a potential that he didn’t completely rule-out.
‘I see exactly what’s happening right now,’ Don Jr. said to a room of Iowans at Whisky River restaurant in Ankeny, Iowa just hours before the caucus commenced on Monday.
Donald Trump Jr. appeared more than three hours late for one of the final pitches for his father’s candidacy in Iowa in Monday with remarks in Ankeny just hours before caucus sites opened
The eldest Trump son appeared alongside fiancé Kimberly Guilfoyle for remarks in Ankeny, Iowa on Monday, January 15
‘They’re trying desperately to suppress the vote by saying we have it in the bag,’ he said. ‘When you see these games, whatever happened over the last 48 hours… There’s always going to be something. There’s always a scheme. And that includes our side.’
He continued: ‘At this point in time we understand it’s actually the D.C. elite versus Trump. You see that from the Republicans involved, you see that from the billionaire donors disappearing from Ron DeSantis’ campaign because they realize he doesn’t have it.’
Polling released two nights before the caucus from the NBC News/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll in Iowa showed Trump walking away with 48 percent support.
Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley came in second with 20 percent – while DeSantis dropped to third place with 16 percent.
But Trump and his oldest son are now claiming that those pushing that narrative of a predicted big win are trying to suppress the ex-president’s supporters and encourage them not to caucus on Monday evening.
The frigid temperatures, icy roads and surging negative 40-degree windchill has resulted in speculation that Trump supporters might stay home because they believe he has enough backing to win without everyone showing up.
But Trump and his surrogates have urged supporters not to give into that thought-process.
The former president told hundreds at a rally in Indianola, Iowa on Sunday that they should turn-out to caucus even if it puts their life in danger and they die.
‘If you’re sick as a dog, you say, ‘darling — even if you vote and then pass away, it’s worth it,” Trump said.
Don Jr. told supporters that critics are trying to suppress the vote by claiming his father is so far ahead in the polls in hopes that his supporters will not turn up on Monday. Pictured: Donald Trump Jr. speaks to supporters after remarks in Ankeny, Iowa just hours before Iowa caucuses opened
Donald Trump told Iowans preparing to caucus that ‘if you vote and then pass away, it’s worth it’ during a rally in Indianola, Iowa on Sunday, January 14, 2024
At the event in Ankeny on Monday afternoon, Kimberly Guilfoyle said voters should bring people on ‘piggy back’ if they have to.
Don Jr. also took the time of undivided attention from his father’s supporters to tear into Gov. DeSantis for speculation that emerged last year that he wore lifts in his cowboy boots to appear taller.
He also segued that into criticism of Haley, who served in his father’s administration and is running a second-place campaign now after passing DeSantis in recent polls.
‘Who thinks it’s acceptable for men to be wearing high heels while running for the Republican nomination? Anyone?’ the eldest Trump son questioned, to which the audience replied: ‘NO!’
‘And here’s the thing – no one cares if he’s short. No one cares. No one cares if you’re short,’ he continued. ‘You know what they care about – that you’re so insecure about it that you have to overcompensate.’
‘That’s the kind of stuff that gets us into wars, right? It’s that kind of insecurity that you do get pushed into doing stuff that’s probably not right for the will of the people,’ Don Jr. said. ‘And that’s what we see from so many of the RINOS in Washington, D.C. right now.’
‘Nikki Haley, she never met a war she didn’t want to be in. We would be in a 30-front war.’
Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former Fox News host and the fiancé of Don Jr., spoke to supporters of Donald Trump in Ankeny, Iowa on Monday
At the conclusion of one of the final events teeing up the Iowa caucuses, Don Jr. was asked if he has aspirations for the White House and if he would make a bid in 2028.
While not appearing enthusiastic about the prospects, he also didn’t shoot it down directly.
‘Oh God,’ Trump Jr. said to the question, to which he then turned to Guilgoyle to say: ‘Hey princess, you ready for this?’
‘Let’s go Iowa,’ she replied from the back of the room.
‘I don’t want to say no because then if you decide to do it, it’s like, ‘Oh my God, he’s a major liar,’ Don Jr replied.
He then went on to talk about the difficulty of public life as an open conservative, and said it would have been easier to remain a real estate developer in New York City being invited to ‘cool parties.’