The Youngest Trump Enters the Political Spotlight

Barron, 18, attends his first rally for his father, gets a big ovation
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2024 10:15 AM CDT
Barron Trump Attends First Rally, Gets Big Ovation
Barron Trump acknowledges the crowd as his father, Donald Trump, speaks at a campaign rally at Trump National Doral Miami on Tuesday in Doral, Florida.   (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

When Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Miami on Tuesday night, he acknowledged a first—the presence of his youngest child, Barron. "That's the first time he's done it," Trump said of the 18-year-old, per the Palm Beach Post. As cheers grew, the former president asked Barron to rise. "You're pretty popular," joked Trump. "He might be more popular than Don and Eric. Hey, Don, we gotta talk about this."

  • Barron didn't speak, but Donald Trump told the crowd he would be attending college soon, without specifying which one. "All right, so Barron, it's good to have you," Trump said, per the Washington Examiner. "Welcome to the scene, Barron! I don't know, he had such a nice, easy life. Now it's a little bit changed. Anyway, special guy, right?"

  • Melania: Former first lady Melania Trump wasn't in attendance, though the New York Post notes that she hosted a fundraiser for Log Cabin Republicans—a conservative LGBTQ+ group—at Trump Tower in New York this week. The event pulled in more than $1.4 million. "Melania took photos and gave a beautiful speech about the importance of unity," one guest tells the outlet. "She also said about the election, 'We will see what happens, but, we must win.'"
(Barron was chosen to be a delegate at the upcoming GOP convention, but he declined.)

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