The New York Post's gossip column, Page Six, reports Tuesday that President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., may be considering a bid to replace Bill de Blasio as New York City mayor.
In a short "whispers" item, the Post suggests that Trump Jr. is putting feelers out to gauge whether it's worth it to make a bid for NYC's top office.
"Political families beget dynasties. Take Gov. Mario Cuomo’s kid, Gov. Andrew. Add a pile of Roosevelts, wall-to-wall Kennedys, more Bushes than they have in Cypress. Clintons might gear Chelsea for office. We had multiple Daleys in Chicago, assorted Tafts from Ohio, Jerry Brown and daddy Pat both grabbed California governorships. Plus leave us not overlook those Rockefellers," the Post says. "Comes now Donald Trump’s son. Drums are beating that Donald Jr. would like to run for mayor. Of where? Where else?"
"Kiddies, mother is saying friends are saying he is saying he’d like to run for mayor of New York City," the paper declares.
He'd only be fulfilling his father's lifelong dream of getting his name on the mailbox at Gracie Mansion, but the time may have passed for a Trump to helm New York City's city government. The Trump name is now synonymous with the Republican Party, and NYC isn't likely to elect a Republican, no matter which name the "R" on the ballot comes after.
But Donald Trump Jr. would have to win the race to be mayor of New York City to cause problems for Bill de Blasio who is, inexplicably, out on the trail campaigning for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, despite his lack of popularity in his own city.
De Blasio's campaign has been centered on attacking Donald Trump, and according to Politico, while that's doing little to attract people to his cause, it is stoking the flames of a feud between de Blasio and the White House.
“I’m a New Yorker. I’ve known Trump’s a bully for a long time. This is not news to me or anyone else here,” de Blasio says in his campaign video, released last week. “And I know how to take him on.”
The president took notice, tweeting, "The Dems are getting another beauty to join their group. Bill de Blasio of NYC, considered the worst mayor in the U.S., will supposedly be making an announcement for president today. He is a JOKE, but if you like high taxes & crime, he’s your man. NYC HATES HIM!”
Certainly, the Trumps who live in NYC aren't fans. Donald, Jr.'s brother, Eric got into a "heated" exchange with de Blasio on Twitter last week over claims that de Blasio's "Green New Deal" is designed largely to punish successful corporations, fining companies like the Trump Organization millions to pay for a scheme of socialist environmental policies. De Blasio claimed the GND wasn't personal, but his office tweeted out a list of NYC-based Trump properties and how much each would be charged to finance the mayor's new plan.
The exchange eventually got so heated the president got involved, retweeting his son's responses to de Blasio, including a tweet where Eric Trump accused de Blasio of letting New York City "go to sh*t."
Karma seemed to follow the current mayor who was forced to hold a press conference inside the Trump Tower, when his original plan — to hold the conference on the sidewalk and street outside the building, with the Trump Tower name visible in the background — fell through because of weather.
Having to face a Trump at home after having to bow out of the national contest for the Democratic nomination would only be adding insult to injury for the currrent New York City mayor, whether Donald Trump Jr. had a chance to take the mantle or not.