INDIAN TRAIL – North Carolina native Lara Trump made an unexpected stop while campaigning for Republican 9th Congressional District candidate Mark Harris on Oct. 16.
After campaigning in Anson County with Harris, Trump made a quick lunch stop at a Bojangles restaurant for a bite to eat before attending a rally at the Union County Republican Headquarters in Indian Trial.
“When we left Anson County, I knew she was really from North Carolina because she wanted to stop at Bojangles,” Harris told the crowd.
“Oh my gosh, I did stop at Bojangles,” said Lara Trump, who grew up in Wrightsville Beach. “When I am in North Carolina, I have to, right? I am a native North Carolinian, and I love coming back to this state. It’s always a treat when I get to come home for more than just Bojangles, but that is always a full bonus.”
Lara Trump was a bit late for the rally in Union County but a large crowd didn’t seem to mind, as first Harris and then President Trump’s daughter-in-law fired up the Republican Party faithful just a day before early voting started in the state.
Lara Trump said keeping the Republican majorities in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives is critical in keeping President Trump’s agenda moving forward.
“I don’t have to tell anyone, these mid-terms are so, so important,” Lara Trump said. “(President Trump) is one of the hardest working people that I have ever met. He is so incredibly smart, a great negotiator, a great businessman and that is what we see happening in this country right now. We have an economy that is roaring.
“This country has moved so far forward. When we looked around a couple of years ago, we were headed in a very scary direction. It took somebody with a lot of guts to get the job done. He might say things that upset people, but sometimes the truth hurts. Sometimes, we need that. He will go down as the best President that this country has ever seen.”
Trump, 36, said that if Harris is elected, he will hold an important vote in Congress in support of President Trump’s agenda.
“If you are happy in seeing what has happened in a year-and-a-half of Donald Trump being President, then the most important thing you can do is get out and vote in the mid-term elections,” Lara Trump said. “We have to vote for people like Mark Harris. This man that we know is going to go to Washington and get the job done. He is going to vote alongside the President.
“If the Democrats take charge, we have a Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and we put crying (Sen.) Chuck (Schumer) in there, ladies and gentlemen, it all comes to a screeching halt. They will try and impeach this President, and all the forward progress that we have seen happen will end. It is a very scary prospect. This is the single most important thing you can do if you voted for Donald Trump. Donald Trump is winning for the United States of America.”
Trump said voting early is extremely important.
“You don’t know what will happen, you might have the flu on Election Day,” Lara Trump said. “Go vote (early) and then your job is to go and get everybody else to go out and vote.”
Harris told the crowd that he has seen a surge in enthusiasm swinging toward Republicans just three weeks before the Nov. 6 general election. From tax cuts, to his Supreme Court picks and to his trade policy, Harris said President Trump’s policies are having a positive effect on the country.
“We just made our way here after doing a rally in Anson County, and I’ll tell you, someone just whispered in my ear that was probably the largest Republican gathering in the history of Anson County,” Harris said. “It was quite an event. Now, it’s time to close the deal. We have had the winning message since the beginning. Right now, we have a President who is not afraid to stand up, we don’t have a President that is afraid to speak up. (President Trump) has taken his role as President seriously to do exactly what he told us he would do. That is the kind of President that we haven’t had. President Trump is getting it done.”
Harris is facing Democrat Dan McCready next month and he said the results in the 9th District could determine who controls the U.S. House of Representative. Democrats need to pick up 23 seats and some analysts have rated the Harris-McCready race as a tossup.
“This is a direction election,” Harris said.
Union County Republican Party chairman Dan Barry said Lara Trump’s visit will help energize the party’s base.
“It awesome to have Lara Trump come to Union County,” Barry said. “The battle for who controls the U.S. House of Representatives is boiling down to the 9th Congressional District. The battle to win the 9th Congressional District is between Fairview Road in Mecklenburg County and Waxhaw in Union County. If Republicans show up and vote, we win.”