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Trump's daughter-in-law considering Senate run, says US media

  • Michael Mathes

    Agence France-Presse

Washington, United States   /   Fri, November 20, 2020   /   11:45 am
 Trump's daughter-in-law considering Senate run, says US media In this file photo taken on August 26, 2020 Lara Trump, wife of US President Donald Trump's son Eric, addresses the Republican National Convention in a pre-recorded speech at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, DC. US President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law Lara is considering a Senate run in her home state of North Carolina in 2022, US media reported on November 19. (Agence France Presse/epost-robot)

US President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law Lara is considering a Senate run in her home state of North Carolina in 2022, US media reported Thursday.

The reports, in the New York Times and Politico, come as Donald Trump continues seeking to reverse his November 3 presidential election loss to Joe Biden through baseless fraud claims and personal outreach to state election authorities.

Lara Trump, married to the president's second-eldest son Eric, "has been telling associates she is considering a run for Senate in 2022," the New York Times said, citing three unnamed "allies."

North Carolina Republican senator Richard Burr has said he will not seek reelection that year.

The Republican field to replace him is already set to be crowded, with Politico reporting that other potential candidates include Donald Trump's current chief of staff Mark Meadows as well as former governor Pat McCrory and outgoing Lt. Governor Dan Forest.

North Carolina is historically Republican, and voted for Donald Trump on November 3 -- but by a smaller margin than in 2016. It is increasingly seen as a possible swing state.

Chavez, Soros and 'My Cousin Vinny'

Meanwhile, in a bizarre press conference President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani unleashed eyebrow-raising claims Thursday that George Soros, China and a dead Venezuelan dictator conspired with Democratic "crooks" to hand America's election to Joe Biden.

In an extraordinary 90-minute press conference at the Republican National Committee in Washington, Giuliani, with hair dye streaming down his cheek and other members of Trump's legal team left no doubt they were refusing to acknowledge President-elect Biden's win, arguing instead that a broad "national conspiracy" to deny Trump reelection was underway.

Giuliani opened with a frontal attack on "corrupt" Democratic-led cities like Detroit he accused of purposely flipping thousands of votes to Biden, spoke of "a plan from a centralized place to execute" voter fraud, and warned of an "iron curtain of censorship" denying the American people facts about the election.

Then it turned bizarre. "Did you all watch 'My Cousin Vinny'?" asked Giuliani, who proceeded to deliver his best Joe Pesci impersonation, copying the actor's mafioso persona from the hit 1992 movie.

"How many fingers do I got up?" he groaned, apparently complaining about how far away election monitors were kept from the ballot-counting in swing states like Georgia.

Patting his beading brow with a handkerchief, and with sweat mixed with hair dye dripping down from his temples, Giuliani's attacks veered towards the outlandish.

"You should be more astounded by the fact that our votes are counted in Germany, and in Spain by a company owned by affiliates of Chavez and Maduro," Giuliani lectured reporters, referring to Venezuela's notorious strongman Hugo Chavez, who has been dead for seven years, and the country's current leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

The company in question is elections software firm Smartmatic, founded in 2000 in Florida by two men born in Venezuela. 

Smartmatic's chairman Mark Malloch-Brown is on the board of the Open Society Foundation begun by billionaire philanthropist George Soros, a recurring bogeyman of Republican politicians.

The company's chairman "is a close associate and business partner of George Soros, the biggest donor to the Democratic Party, the biggest donor to Antifa -- and the biggest donor of Black Lives Matter," Giuliani said.

"My goodness. What do we have to do to get you to give our people the truth?" he said.

Accusing Biden's aides of orchestrating the alleged fraud, Giuliani asserted: "They made significant mistakes, like all crooks do, and we caught them."