(FreedomBeacon.com)- Donald Trump Jr. wants to remain involved in politics, should his father not be declared the winner of the presidential election. One way he is thinking about doing so is through a possible run to lead the National Rifle Association.
A Business Insider report said Trump Jr. may consider running for the position of executive vice president of the NRA. That’s a spot currently occupied by Wayne LaPierre. Trump Jr. already appears at a lot of large NRA events, and he’s an avid hunter.
Despite the report, other sources close to the president’s son say he isn’t considering this move. One source said:
“Don is just not getting involved in that pissing match.”
Even if he were to decide to throw his hat in the ring for the position, he might have an uphill battle to winning the job. The leadership of the NRA is not chosen by votes among the group’s members. Instead, the board of the NRA chooses the people to lead it.
LaPierre has a lot of loyal supporters on the board, too, making it unlikely that they’d abandon him to support Trump Jr. This is despite LaPierre being accused of engaging in illegal financial conduct.
New York Attorney General Letitia James sued LaPierre back in August, alleging he used his position as head of the non-profit NRA to divert millions of dollars for personal use. She claimed that he used the money for personal trips, personal expenditures, no-show contracts and other improper spending habits.
At a news conference announcing the suit in August, James said:
“The NRA was serving as a personal piggy bank for four individual defendants.”
It’s a high-profile position that Trump Jr. may just not want to deal with. In addition to these charges against NRA leadership, the NRA is involved in some other legal battles.
One is happening between the NRA and Ackerman McQueen, its advertising firm. They created NRATV, a channel that never generated big audiences. The NRA said the firm told them the channel was doing well, though, and they continued to fund the project because of those promises.
When they found out it wasn’t doing well, the NRA sued the firm.
In the lawsuit, the NRA said:
“Many of these campaigns, which cost clients tens of millions of dollars, were shut down because of their ineffectiveness, costliness and Ackerman’s reluctance to provide performance data in accordance with its client obligations.”
The lawsuit continued that Ackerman “stray[ed] from the Second Amendment to themes which some NRA leaders found distasteful and racist.”
It’s possible that these issues are not something that Trump Jr. wants to take on at this point. Whatever the president’s son decides to do next will be his first individual foray into politics — assuming he doesn’t follow whatever his father does. That means the position he takes, and how he performs in it, will be crucial in determining his long-term political career.
In other words, the NRA position might not be best suited for political aspirations, because of the current controversies going on.