Donald Trump’s children, Ivanka and Eric Trump, have been very active in their dad’s campaign, despite leading very busy lives, not to mention Ivanka just giving birth to her third child. Both Ivanka and Eric have been two of Trump’s biggest advocates and they truly both love their dad. So when they found out they weren’t eligible to vote in this coming Tuesday’s New York primary they were quite taken back.
According to MSN News on April 12, Donald Trump spoke about Ivanka and Eric during a recent interview. He is resigned to the fact that his two grown children, who are both New Yorkers, missed the deadline to register to be eligible to vote in this Tuesday’s primaries. Both Ivanka and Eric are guilt-ridden over missing the deadline, but as their dad points out in a recent interview, they didn’t know the rules.
Both Ivanka and Eric are not registered as Republicans and that ship sailed last year to register in time for the Tuesday primary. Those rules are pretty strict, it is not as if you can register a few days ahead of the primary in New York. According to Politico, Ivanka and her brother missed the voter registration deadline in New York State which was in October of last year.
Ivanka explained this to Anderson Cooper during a town hall-type meeting last night. Donald Trump and his entire family appeared in Tuesday night’s venue, hosted by CNN. Ivanka explained why she missed the voter registration: “We’re not a family of politicians. We haven’t been in politics very long. 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.”
Donald Trump, who called in to “Fox and Friends” for one of his frequent morning interviews, talked about Ivanka and Eric not being eligible to vote in New York’s primary. He said, “They had a longtime register and they were, you know, unaware of the rules, and they didn’t register in time. So they feel very, very guilty.”
He continued: “They feel very guilty. But it’s fine. I understand that. I think they have to register a year in advance and they didn’t. So Eric and Ivanka, I guess, won’t be voting.” While it is unfortunate that Ivanka and Eric won’t be able to vote for their dad, it doesn’t look like Trump will be lacking votes come Tuesday in New York. Polls have him far ahead of his number one opponent, Ted Cruz.
This incident also speaks to Trump being an outsider when it comes to politics, which is one of the aspects people love about him. He didn’t try and use his power to push some buttons and get his kids signed up behind the scenes. It is a breath of fresh air to see that Ivanka and Eric are just like the rest of the folks who found out too late on the rules of primary voting in New York, or in any other state for that matter.
While disappointed, they’ve accepted this without expecting any special treatment of someone signing them up quietly. If Ivanka and Eric were children of a veteran politician, you would never hear about this incident and it would have probably been “fixed” without a word said to the public.