Well, this is embarrassing.
On Monday morning’s episode of Fox & Friends, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump had to explain why two of his five children, Ivanka and Eric Trump, will not be voting in the Republican New York primary on April 19: in time.
“They had a long time register and they were, you know, unaware of the rules and they didn’t — they didn’t register in time. So. they feel very. very guilty. They feel very guilty,” Trump said in a phone interview on the show, adding “But it’s fine. I mean, 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.”
“They feel very, very guilty.” @realDonaldTrump on Ivanka & Eric not registering in time to vote in the NY primaryhttps://t.co/UfQ5ZXVRqL— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) April 11, 2016
This development is more than a little awkward for Trump, as his much-liked daughter’s presence during the campaign trail has added a certain legitimacy to his campaign. Trump has often brought up Jared Kushner, his Jewish son-in-law, grandchildren and Ivanka Trump’s Jewishness to appeal to potential Jewish voters.
According to Yahoo News, not only are the two not registered as Republicans, but Ivanka and Eric Trump have both donated to Democratic candidates in the past. Campaign finance records show that Eric Trump gave $1,000 to Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer in 2010, and his sister has also made contributions to Democrats Schumer, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Donald Norcross.
Why Ivanka and Eric Trump Won’t Get To Vote for Donald in New York Primary
Maia Efrem is the former research editor and assistant to the editor and was also responsible for the Forward’s annual Salary Survey. Previously she served as the editor of Blognik Beat, a blog written by students who emigrated from or have ties to the Former Soviet Union. Maia is a graduate of Hunter College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.