Delegates Leave Charlotte Excited After Surprise Presidential Visit
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Delegates left Charlotte excited on Monday after a surprise Presidential visit.
“Well it was scaled-down, but it was just as exciting,” says Virginia delegate Richard Anderson.
Many say holding an in-person convention was important.
“Politics is all about people. It’s eyeball to eyeball, it’s human contact. And the Democrats denied themselves that. We did a very good job. I was very impressed,” Anderson says.
COVID-19 meant several days of convention events and speeches… all boiled down to a roll call.
And surprise appearances by President Trump and Vice President Pence.
“North Carolina, we love ya. That’s why I’m here,” President Trump told the crowd.
In a campaign rally-style speech, the President railed against Governor Cooper, Joe Biden, and mail-in ballots.
“Sending them out to people that didn’t ask for them, they didn’t ask, they just get ’em, and it’s not fair, and it’s not right, and it’s not going to be possible to tabulate,” the President told delegates.
After the President’s departure, Arizona delegate Jake Hoffman said the President’s visit sent a message.
“Joe Biden has been in his basement for God knows how long, so the fact that President Trump took the time to come… it meant a lot to us,” Hoffman says.
And even though he couldn’t get in, Mo Snipes, with the Gaston County Teenage Republicans wanted to take in the experience.
“I think it’s very cool. It was a little bit crazy all the flipping and flopping from like Charlotte to Jacksonville, but I love how he cares enough about the people to be able to take time to come,” Snipes says.