Donald Trump Jr. Decries Lack of Conservative Figureheads: 'Our Bench Is So Weak'

Donald Trump Jr. has said the reason behind his influence in the conservative movement is that its "bench is so weak."

Trump Jr., former President Donald Trump's eldest son, made the comments on Wednesday night's 'Louder With Crowder' show with controversial host Steven Crowder.

During the segment, Crowder asked about future political plans for the Trump family.

"I don't know if you have any insider information on this because you're still on social media. I follow you, you place sand in all the right places to irritate people," he said.

"What's the game plan here, what's the Trump family going to be doing?"

Responding to Crowder, Trump Jr. said: "We're going to stay involved. We're obviously going back into business and doing the things that we do that way.

"I know for me, I'm going to stay involved in politics because, frankly, you have to. There is too much at stake. I'm the father of five young kids and I want them to grow up in an America that I recognize.

"I want them to enjoy the freedoms that we've, until recently, held so dearly. That's what's sort of scary, especially in the last year the willingness of people to just say: 'You know what? I'm going to let a bureaucrat decide what's best for me. Who cares, don't worry about it. Maybe one day we'll get it back if we want it.'"

After this, he went on to reference his own influence among conservatives.

"The American public becoming sheep is really scary to me. So, if I can be a voice to help slow that spread I'm going to do it. And, for better or worse, I've been able to build up a decent name for myself within conservatism," he said.

"Mostly, not because I'm so good at anything, but mostly because our bench is so weak. There is just not people willing to actually engage, to take on the fight, to be called names by the lovely people at CNN. I just don't care and that sort of freedom is sort of nice because you can just go after and say the things that need to be said."

Trump Jr. added: "We need more people on our side doing that."

When asked if he was considering running as a political candidate in the future, Trump Jr. said he was "into the fight" but was not sure he wanted "the day job right now."

He said that "for the moment" he felt he was more effective for conservatism by not being in office, as he could speak without fear of being bound by politician's standards.

Trump Jr. has previously been among names touted for a 2024 run. His father remains the frontrunner for the 2024 GOP candidacy according to polling, and has said he is considering another White House bid.

Crowder and Trump Jr. also spoke the upholding of former President Trump's ban from Facebook following the January 6 riot at the Capitol building.

"It says a lot about what our actual rights are, I think it says a lot about the powers of companies like Facebook. I imagine if you look at the actual. Let's call it the quote, unquote, Facebook oversight board I imagine there is not a lot of people that share our views. I imagine there's actually zero people," Trump Jr. said.

"There may be a token in there that once voted for Mitt Romney type, it's not really an objective oversight board. It's like everything else these days it's an echo chamber of Silicon Valley."

Responding to Facebook upholding his suspension from the platform, Trump issued a statement, calling the actions by Facebook, Twitter and Google "a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our country."

Crowder himself has faced backlashes over his content, including making a video where he recreated Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd.

Crowder was also removed from YouTube's partner program over his content, which means he cannot receive advertising revenue from the platform.

Newsweek has contacted the Trump Organization to ask Trump Jr. for further comment.

Donald Trump Jr. railed against mainstream Republicans
Donald Trump Jr. railed against mainstream Republicans. In this photo, Donald Trump Jr., son of U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a Republican National Committee Victory Rally at Dalton Regional Airport January 4, 2021 in Dalton, Georgia. Alex Wong / Staff/Getty