Eric Trump and wife Lara speaking to Republican activists at the West Palm Beach Marriott today. (Damon Higgins/The Palm Beach Post)

WEST PALM BEACH — Eric Trump thanked local Republican activists for their grass-roots efforts today and warned that his father’s agenda would be “hugely, hugely impeded” if the GOP loses its majorities in the House and Senate in the 2018 midterm elections.

Eric Trump, wife Lara Trump and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel spoke to about 100 party activists at a training session at the West Palm Beach Marriott. They are in town for a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago tonight for President Donald Trump‘s re-election campaign.

The president was scheduled to headline tonight’s fundraiser, but his attendance is now unlikely because of the federal government shutdown.

Eric Trump said his father won in 2016 because Republicans had a better ground game than Hillary Clinton and Democrats.

“You are the soldiers on the front line. We have your back. We truly love you,” Eric Trump told the group.

He said their efforts will be needed in this year’s midterm elections.

“I am so proud of my father. He’s done an amazing job for this country…He pledged one very simple message and that’s to make America great again and that’s what he’s doing and we have to continue the fight,” he said.

Republicans have majorities in the House and Senate, but more than eight decades of historical trends favor the party that is out of the White House in non-presidential election years and polls show Democrats have an advantage in generic ballot tests against the GOP.

“We’re very, very lucky that we have majorities in the House and Senate. I mean, we’re very, very, very lucky. But let’s not take that for granted as a party because honestly 2018 will be as important as ever,” Eric Trump said. “His great work is hugely, hugely impeded if we lose that I’m going to fight every single day between now and those elections to make sure that those majorities are stronger than ever.”

Lara Trump said her father-in-law “is draining the swamp and he is making America great again…It is so important the we keep him there, that we keep the majority in the House and the Senate.”




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