Ivanka and Eric Trump won’t be voting for their father, GOP Primary front-runner Donald Trump, in the New York Primary next Tuesday.
This week on CNN, the Trump clan sat down and explained to Anderson Cooper why two out of three of the billionaires offspring would not be able to help their daddy win New York.
We’re not a family of politicians. We haven’t been in politics very long,” Ivanka Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday during a town hall with the Republican presidential front-runner and his family. “New York has one of the most onerous rules in terms of registration, and it required us to register a long time ago — almost close to a year ago — and we didn’t do that. We found out about it sort of after the fact.
Eric Trump echoed his sister’s sentiment and even tried to mitigate their irresponsibility by explaining how they made voter registration videos to help Trump supporters:
It was our first kind of foray into politics,” he said. “We didn’t realize how the whole system worked. It was amazing. We actually made it a very big part of the campaign and there’s no one that’s been more visible on the campaign than the two of us, but we made it a very big part to get that message out” to register and vote.
Ivanka also revealed that she’s a registered Independent voter. Her father, cleverly defended her affiliation stating that it’s hard to be thrilled about what’s going on within the political parties right now:
She’s gonna switch over to be Republican, I guess, at some point,” he said. “Perhaps she wants to see what’s going on, but I have a feeling she’ll be voting in November for me.
Trump also dismissed the importance of having his kids show up support him at the polls in the New York Primaries:
They had a long time [to] register and they were, you know, unaware of the rules, and they didn’t, they didn’t register in time,” he said on Monday. “So they feel very, very guilty.”
“But it’s fine,” he added. “I mean, I understand that.
Donald Trump holds a 20 to 40 point lead over Ted Cruz and John Kasich in New York. FiveThirtyEight.com predicts that Trump has a 99 percent chance of winning his home state. New York offers 95 delegates and is a winner-take-most state.
Many believe that a big win in New York could boost Trump’s momentum after a lackluster couple weeks which includes a bruising defeat to Cruz in Wisconsin.
And that “onerous” New York voter registration deadline to which Ivanka Trump made reference? It was in October.
Here’s a video of the CNN interview with the Trumps.
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