NC GOP Chairman pleased with wins by Republicans in other races
WRAL's Debra Morgan spoke with NC GOP Chairman Michael Whatley about the 2020 election and how the Republican party did.
Republican lawmakers are demanding state elections. Officials released data on absentee ballots that remain outstanding, which they believe will show President Trump and U. S Senator Thom Tillis won their elections in North Carolina. Joining us now is North Carolina GOP chair Michael Watley. Michael, thanks so much for joining us. Happy to be on with you today. Oh, we have heard repeatedly claims from President Trump of voter fraud. And we know you all have been keeping a close watch on North Carolina's election process and the counting of ballots with today's news. Do you see anything that stands out about how you expect things to go here as we wait to find out our own final results in North Carolina? No, look, I think the only thing that we see taking place today is that there are repeated calls for them to make the press call on the election nationally before we're done with counting all of the votes before we've got recounts that we know we're going to take place. And at the same time here in North Carolina, uh, you know, we're not getting that type of information released from the Board of Elections, so that we can make the own make our own call here for President Trump carrying the state and for Thom Tillis. Because we know that North Carolina delivered for both of them on Election Day. And President Trump continues to lead here in North Carolina. How do you think all of those here who voted for him are taking the news and and seeing the celebrations today? Do you think they're gonna accept that Joe Biden will be our next president? Well, look, if we go through all of the recounts and we get all of the counting done and the word is that, you know, Joe Biden has carried a majority of the votes, then I think people will definitely accept it. Look, President Trump carried North Carolina. We've got a very solid lead here, 76,000 votes, and, uh and we feel comfortable about that. We also had a great election day with, you know, reelecting Thom Tillis. Also, you know, strengthening our majority in the North Carolina House, holding on to the Senate and winning, you know, a majority of the Council of State seats. And we had a huge Siris of winds with Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, Uh, seats. So we know North Carolina. We did a great job of of turning out Republican voters, and we're very excited about that. I think that in terms of the national election in discussion, you know, we have told voters here in North Carolina that we're gonna have a radically different perspective in the White House. If Joe Biden ends up getting elected here on, it's gonna be one where we're going to be very grateful We're gonna hold the Senate. Senator Tillis is gonna be absolutely crucial is part of that on. Make sure that we're going to be ableto push back on some of the leftist and socialist tendencies that we're going to see out of this administration. You spent many years working in Washington D. C. Your thoughts on working with the Joe Biden. He does have a reputation of working with people across the aisle. Well, I will say, personally, I I I've met Joe Biden. I think he's a wonderfully nice man. Andi. I think that he is somebody that people can get along with. But if you look at everybody else that he has surrounded himself with, whether it's, uh AOC and in the squad, we've got the most liberal senator in the Senate who is getting ready. You know, Thio potentially be the vice president on. And there's people who are already saying that they wanna have, you know, watch lists for anybody who supported President Trump to make sure that they get, you know, bounced out of public life or or anything else for retribution. You know that this is this is ah, concern. I think, frankly, that we do not want to see America trending towards socialism. And we're gonna have push back on any number of initiatives that they're going to come from. The people that are around Joe Biden right now. Michael Watley, the GOP chair of North Carolina. Thanks so much for your time tonight. Now absolutely. Thank you again.