Back in October, articles about Donald Trump's presidential campaign were titled "From Donald Trump, Hints of a Campaign Exit Strategy" and "The Incredible Shrinking Trump," suggesting that the real estate mogul/professional braggart's White House hopes were just a pipe dream. So maybe that's why two of his children-turned-campaign surrogates never bothered to register in the Republican primary.
Last week, Yahoo reported that while big brother Donald Trump Jr. was a registered Republican, Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump weren't. Which means they can't vote in the suddenly pivotal New York primary on April 19.
Party affiliation registration for New Yorkers was last October, when we noted, "Bernie Sanders supporters have made a whole website dedicated to letting slacktivists, coffee-shop socialists, and Green Party members know that for their vote to count in New York, they have to become Democrats. The same applies if you're a 4chan user who voted Libertarian in 2012 but want Donald Trump to get the Republican nomination so he can continue to troll the world."
This morning, Donald Trump addressed this dishonor, telling Fox and Friends, "They were unaware of the rules and they didn't register in time... So Eric and Ivanka, I guess, won't be voting... They feel very, very guilty. They feel very guilty. But it's fine. I understand that."
— POLITICO (@politico) April 11, 2016
Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocey "joked," "Are you cutting off their allowance?" and Trump said, "Yes. No more allowance." Both children have used their allowance to donate to Republican and Democratic politicians.
Still, there's no guarantee that Eric and Ivanka's party affiliation would have been correct anyway, given the chaos that is the NY State Board of Election.