What Are Barron Trump’s Politics? He Will Serve as a Delegate for His Dad

Barron Trump's selection as a delegate-at-large to the Republican National Convention is mostly "symbolic," but people are intrigued.

Melissa Willets - Author

May 10 2024, Updated 11:17 a.m. ET

Barron Trump at the funeral of Ivana Trump on July 20, 2022 in New York City.
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For the Trumps, politics is a family business.

Of course, Donald Trump is running for president again, and many of his kids have also been in the political spotlight over the years, including his daughter, Ivanka Trump, and her husband, Jared Kushner, as well as Donald Trump Jr. and his fiancée Kimberly Guilfoyle, and, notably, Eric Trump.

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But Barron Trump, his only son with his wife Melania, hasn't entered the political arena — until now. Barron's politics were unknown previously. This summer, however, Barron will serve as a delegate for his father. What does that mean? Read on for the full details.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) gestures, flanked by First Lady Melania Trump and son Barron Trump, on Aug. 27, 2020
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Barron Trump is reportedly feeling passionately about politics.

According to a source who talked to NPR, "Barron is very interested in our nation's political process."

This is news to many people, who may have assumed that the youngest Trump child preferred to keep a low profile when it came to being involved with his controversial dad.

In fact, according to Princeton University political history professor Julian Zelizer, Barron may have a long future in politics. When asked about Barron's selection as a delegate, Julian told NPR, "It signals that they have their eye on the future, that this was not just a one-shot deal. Will there be more Trumps in politics? ... This just adds to that speculation."

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For now, Barron is simply dipping his toe in the waters, with Julian saying his selection as a delegate-at-large is mostly "symbolic."

But what does the position even entail?

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What exactly is a delegate?

Per NBC News, the Republican Party of Florida selected Barron as one of the state’s at-large delegates to the Republican National Convention. Other delegates who were chosen include Michael Boulous — Tiffany Trump's husband.

To qualify to be a delegate-at-large, per the Tampa Bay Times, one must be a Florida state resident who is registered to vote as a Republican.

What you don't have to be? A Trump. Indeed, supporters of the presumptive GOP nominee also include Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, as well as adviser Sergio Gor and former Marvel Entertainment Chairman Ike Perlmutter.

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In total, 41 delegates will nominate Donald Trump on behalf of the Sunshine State at the GOP convention in Milwaukee, Wisc., in July.

According to Ballotpedia, in total, 2,429 delegates will attend the highly-anticipated convention. Of those, Trump must garner the votes of the majority of those delegates, or 1,215, to win the Republican presidential nomination for the 2024 election.

Currently, CBS News reports that Trump already has 2,010 delegates pledged to him heading into the convention. Meanwhile, Nikki Haley, who dropped out of the presidential race in March 2024, has 94 delegates.

But as Josh Putnam, a political scientist, told the outlet about Haley's supporters, "It's not going to have that big of an impact at the convention. It's not going to make a difference with respect to who the nominee is going to be."

The Democratic National Convention, incidentally, will be held in Chicago in August.

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