Mixed Response to Trump In North Carolina

No major network carried his speech live

Carol Burt

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Donald Trump could end up unwanted as a supporter by candidates seeking election in 2022. There arguably was not much of a boost for local republican politicians because of his speech in Greenville, N.C., during the state’s annual Repubican Convention.

As reported by The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, Politico and others, Trump’s remarks were met with mixed results, but it was plain the crowd didn’t seem particularly interested in revisiting 2020 in contrast with Trump’s seeming inability to shut up about it.

There were also reports that some of Trump’s supporters and most importantly, donors, were not impressed with his presentation on Saturday or his past presentations on his properties. The general consensus seemed to be that he spent too much time talking about the past, bragging about how his administration developed the Covid-19 vaccine, kvetching about the election and running Biden down instead of leading the party forward.

He is obviously still obsessed over the election he lost and is more interested in maintaining that basic falsehood that the election was stolen from him than he is in uniting the party behind its mid-term candidates.

Unfortunately, one politician, Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp, received a fair amount of boos and heckling as he took the stage with his family. He is out of Trump’s and his followers’ favor for certifying the 2020 Georgia election results. Kemp’s opponent, Vernon Jones, is an outspoken Trump supporter, and Trump endorses him.

The core of hard-nosed insurrectionists that support Trump and continue to want to tear the country apart are scary enough. But more chilling is the fact that Jones reportedly said to the crowd as he wrapped up his speech, “We’re going to burn this house down.” He received loud and boisterous cheers.

Republicans, who ran indivisible from Trump in 2020, lost both chambers of congress as well as the White House. Some may think twice about following him through another election, although they seem content for now to pitter-patter along in his sinking path.

Trump, as always, heaped on piles of unsupported claims about the election, Biden’s administration, the Covid-19 pandemic, and crowed about how well he had handled the pandemic. He apparently is not bound by the fact almost everyone with half a brain…

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Carol Burt

Former print journalist, former mayor, retired law enforcement officer. Writing about politics and government along with random personal essays.