When one thinks of scraping the bottom of the barrel to find help in running a political campaign, they are likely not thinking about using children in positions of prominence. Yet, that is exactly who Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has in charge.
In Jefferson County, Colorado, which is one of the largest counties in the state, a 12-year-old boy by the name of Weston Imer is calling the shots. No, that is not a joke. Imer is literally in charge. According to the precocious child, “Get involved. That’s what I’m going to say. Get involved. Kids need to be educated.”
While we can all agree with Imer’s rhetoric, how he was able to gain such a position is troubling. Imer’s mother, Laurel Imer, is listed as the “official field coordinator”, but she has conceded with a straight face that she happily handed nearly all of the campaign’s responsibilities off on her son. When asked why she did this she said, “You have a responsibility to your children to teach them.”
Laurel is, of course, free to raise her child however she likes, but her willingness to pass off the very serious job of field coordinator to her child, to teach him a lesson, seems to be completely irresponsible — which is the exact opposite virtue she claims she is attempting to instill. Either that, or the elder Imer doesn’t believe Trump has a chance to win.
The young Imer says when he is old enough he plans to run for political office, with Donald Trump’s youngest son Barron, of all people. Imer promised, “Watch for me – 2040. And Barron Trump, if you are watching, in 2040 I’ll take you as my running mate.”
We’ll all be counting the minutes until then.