Early Arrivals Hope for Trump Jr. Presidential Run in 2024

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — People in line to listen to Donald Trump Jr. this morning were enthusiastic about the possibility that he might follow in his father’s footsteps and run for the presidency.

About 20 people were lined up outside Blue Wolf Events at the Maronite Center just after 9 a.m. to hear Trump Jr. encourage local voters to support President Donald Trump’s re-election.

The campaign stop comes just a week before Election Day, and polls show a tight race in Ohio, which only months ago had not been expected to be competitive for Democrats.

Just outside the entrance was a table with hand sanitizer and masks. Most people in line were unmasked or were observing social distancing.

The event spurred John Coughlin of Rochester, N.Y., to drive here to listen to Trump Jr. The Youngstown event represented the only opportunity for him to hear from someone from the campaign in person.

Like others waiting to enter the hall for the noon event, Coughlin was enthusiastic about the idea of Trump Jr. running in 2024, presumably after a second term for his father.

“He’s got a lot of his father’s qualities,” he said.

First in line to enter was Ron Moore Jr. of Austintown.

“He’s the greatest president,” Moore said. Aside from saying he’s running for president in four years, Moore said he wanted Trump Jr. to reassure the audience that his father “has our backs.”

Moore said he saw the news reports over the weekend that both Trump Jr. and his brother, Eric, are considering presidential runs.

“I even support Ivanka. I can’t support Barron because he’s too young,” he said. “They’re smart young people. Younger people need to start running for President.”

Moore, who has Parkinson’s disease, also said he was grateful to Trump for signing “the big pharma deal.” After that was signed, he said drug companies already started reducing what he was charged for his medications.

He called assertions that Trump wants to cut people’s insurance and remove protections for people with preexisting conditions “lies just to get people stirred up.” The Trump administration is suing to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Tama Soliman of Warren also said she would like to hear Trump Jr. announce a 2024 run.

“He’s very intelligent. He knows what’s going on in these United States,” she said. “He’s an excellent candidate.”

Pictured: Residents line up early to listen to Donald Trump Jr. speak at Blue Wolf Events at the Maronite Center on Monday.

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