President Donald Trump celebrated the victories of two North Carolina Republicans that he helped propel across the finish line, thanks to a raucous last-minute rally on Sept. 9 that fired up voters.
On Sept. 10, North Carolina state Senator Dan Bishop won a special election in the state’s 9th District that many view as a key indicator of Trump’s own chances for a 2020 win.
Amazingly, Bishop beat his Democratic opponent despite the Democrats outspending him by more than two to one. ($1.9 million versus $4.7 million).
In addition, Greg Murphy won a seat in the United States Congress by a wider margin than initially projected. Even Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chairwoman Cheri Bustos credited Trump for playing a decisive role in the two GOP victories.
“We fell an inch short tonight, but it took more than $6 million in outside Republican spending and a last-minute Trump rally to scrape by in a district that the President carried by 11.9 points,” Bustos said.
At the rally, Trump told attendees that they must vote “to stop the far-left.” The president said the North Carolina Democrats support “sanctuary cities” and oppose the Second Amendment.
“Support for sanctuary cities is disloyalty to American cities. And [Democrat Dan] McCready wants sanctuary cities, with all of their protections for people who are serious criminals,” Trump said. “We don’t want dangerous criminal aliens roaming free in North Carolina. Our Republican candidate, Dan Bishop, will fight with everything he has.”
(Source: Trump War Room)
As the election was being called last night, President Trump took a victory lap on Twitter.
“Dan Bishop was down 17 points 3 weeks ago,” Trump tweeted. “He then asked me for help, we changed his strategy together, and he ran a great race. Big Rally last night.”
Hours later, Trump slammed “Fake News” CNN and MSNBC for barely covering the two Republican victories after their initial projections for a Democratic sweep backfired.
“Fake News never wins!”
Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale agreed that President Trump made all the difference.
Parscale tweeted: “Donald Trump made a personal difference in NC and lent his entire operation to the team effort. Disappointing for media who already had 2020 script written!”
Huge victories tonight in North Carolina in NC-3 & especially NC-9.
Congrats to Congressmen-elect Murphy & Bishop!@realDonaldTrump made a personal difference in NC and lent his entire operation to the team effort.
Disappointing for media who already had 2020 script written!
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) September 11, 2019
GOP chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called the twin victories “a huge win for the president.”
McDaniel underscored that there’s no denying that President Trump’s endorsements “paid off big” in North Carolina.
McDaniel also pointed out that the GOP was “massively outspent by Democrats” but still won thanks to Trump’s rollicking rally that put Dan Bishop over the top.
She also warned Democrats that the GOP’s grassroots field programs are working hard to elect Republicans in 2020.
Congratulations to Dan Bishop on his win in #NC09!
Despite being massively outspent by Democrats, @realDonaldTrump rallied voters and put Bishop over the top.
A huge win for the president and our grassroots field program that's working hard to elect Republicans in 2020!
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) September 11, 2019
Meanwhile, this Trump joke triggered leftists on Twitter.
Trump said: “Under the normal rules, I’ll be out by 2024, so we may have to go for an extra term!”
This is what Trump supporters say in response to triggered leftists.
— Warren Rice (@WarrenRice16) September 11, 2019
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