Trump Jr’s fanbase sees him as an authentic political figure, but many conservatives are waiting for the next shoe to drop

Donald Trump Jr is a man under pressure, but also in fierce demand.

To sworn enemies of Trump World he is at the centre of everything objectionable – from alleged election campaign collusion with Russia and the Trump Organization’s pursuit of global wealth to aggressive trolling of liberals on social media.

But, in a parallel political universe, there are the millions of Americans who love him. And, away from the firestorm that is the ongoing Robert Mueller Russia investigation, the president’s eldest son is building a considerable conservative fanbase. This constituency sees him as an authentic figure with a political future – assuming he can get out from under the Mueller investigation.

He is also becoming an effective political fundraiser with the support of wealthy loyalist friends like fellow son of a billionaire Tommy Hicks Jr. And America’s millions of hunters and shooters adore him on social media and regularly exhort him to run in 2024.

Now he is preparing to step out as a star turn for Republicans who have shown fealty to the Trump agenda as they fight for their political lives in November’s crucial midterm elections. He is busy building his own profile. Last week, West Virginia Republican Patrick Morrisey, who is hoping to unseat Democratic senator Joe Manchin in November, announced Trump Jr would join him for a 5 June fundraiser lunch with tickets going for up to $5,400.

Trump Jr will also headline an August fundraiser in a private Long Island mansion for New York congressman Lee Zeldin, who has been a vocal critic of the Mueller investigation and who last week joined a group of House Republicans in calling for a rival special counsel inquiry into the Department of Justice and the FBI.

Boyd Matheson, Republican strategist and a former congressional chief of staff, said of Trump Jr: “From the Republican party standpoint, he very much is the guy. He can be the face, he can go out with the hunters.”

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