"That’s not what we’re talking about," Donald Trump Jr. complained when a reporter asked if Stormy Daniels should be allowed to speak.
Donald Trump Jr. dismissed questions from reporters about the hush-money scandal involving his father and adult film actor Stormy Daniels.
And he found himself at the crossroads of two storylines that could be catastrophically embarrassing for the White House.
Because he dodged the uncomfortable inquiries while campaigning for Republican state Sen. Rick Saccone in southwest Pennsylvania. The GOP is desperately trying to retain control of a House seat in a district Trump won by 20 points.
Eating ice cream in Cononsburg alongside Saccone, Trump Jr. stressed the importance of having more Republicans in the House.
The chatter came to a quick conclusion, however, when one reporter asked, “Should Stormy Daniels be able to speak?”
Trump Jr. smirked and responded, “Thanks guys, that’s not what we’re talking about.” And he went back to his ice cream as his security team ushered reporters away.
“Trump’s Secret Service detail moved half of the press corps — including the NBC News reporter who had asked about Daniels — out of the room,” the Washington Post reported.
It’s no wonder he didn’t want to discuss the debacle surrounding his father and Daniels.
On Monday, Daniels’ attorney wrote to Trump’s personal lawyer and suggested Daniels was willing to return the $130,000 in hush money she received on the eve of the 2016 election. But only if, in return, she would be free to discuss their alleged affair.
Last week, Daniels filed a lawsuit claiming that the 2016 non-disclosure agreement she agreed to is invalid because Trump never signed it.
Being peppered with questions about his father’s infidelities was a fitting way for Trump Jr. to spend his day in the 18th District. And it speaks loudly of the looming trouble the scandal poses for the GOP.
But now, with the Trump presidency imploding and a White House buried in scandal, the district is swinging toward Democrats.
The Republican Party has made a huge push in recent weeks to save Saccone’s campaign. Millions of dollars in outside money has poured into the race to replace Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned last year after the anti-choice congressmen was caught having urged his mistress to get an abortion.
“Nearly every corner of the national party was involved in the final push over the weekend,” Politico reports.
But nothing seems to work.
Last week, Democrat Conor Lamb grabbed his first lead in the race. On Monday, that advantage expanded to six points, according to the latest polling data.
If Lamb and the Democrats pull off a win on Tuesday, it would point to a political tsunami in November that could bury Trump and the Republican Party.
Trump Jr. may not want to talk about that, or about his father’s extramarital affairs. But reporters won’t stop asking the questions. And energized ex-Trump voters are ready to head to the polls.