Come November, Donald Trump may go down in flames. Or he might continue to surprise and astonish us. But the Trump children, regardless of whether their father is ever again allowed in GOP polite company, are another matter.
The display of warm affection for their father during the Republican National Convention was not merely for him. Certainly, their presence was aimed in part at showing forth Daddy-Trump, suggesting to the American public that he is not such a bad guy. But there was another reason the Trump children took center stage: to introduce and establish the Trump dynasty. The convention offered the Trumps the opportunity to demonstrate the character, personalities, and attractiveness of the Trump children, securing the possibility of an enduring Trump presence in U.S. politics.
The Trumps are not going away any time soon.
The Trump children display all the positive features of their father—shrewd in business, tough, and pragmatic—without the buffoonery, acerbic and caustic wit, and unprincipled patterns of behavior and policy positions. Eric Trump has helped raise tens of millions of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ivanka, who introduced her father at the convention, plays a significant (not perfunctory) role in the Trump Organization. All have avoided the type of public excess and drama seen among the children of...