|Congressman Ted Budd
See he has guns
After the event, McCrory tried to fight back in an impromptu press conference at the back of the convention hall. Quoting Brian Murphy and Will Doran (with impertinent notes added):
McCrory said he was “disappointed” in Trump’s endorsement of Budd, calling the congressman “a Washington insider who has done more to oppose the Trump agenda than anyone in the race”....
[Really? McCrory wants to claim that Budd is some kind of McCain in the House? Get outta here!]
“The president got some bad advice and you could tell by the immediate reaction of the audience, which was no reaction to the individual he endorsed” ....
[McCrory was alluding to what was surely many startled faces in the audience, because just hours earlier, ex-Congressman Mark Walker had won the straw poll. Some 44% of the 1,200 delegates to the 2021 NC Republican Convention preferred Walker -- 29% for Budd, 18% for McCrory.]
[McCrory said] “They selected a Washington insider and I assume a Washington insider around the president made this very poor decision.” ...
[Take that, Mark Meadows!"]
[Trump had said in his speech that someone he didn't endorse lobbied him for an endorsement. Trump also didn't give McCrory a job in his administration.]
As for having lost elections, something he has in common with Trump, McCrory said, “We all live in glass houses.”
McCrory pointed to polls that show him with a large lead in the primary. He said North Carolina picks its own candidates.
“We’re going to win this election. We’re up 30 points,” McCrory said.
We all live in glass houses? The difference for you, Fella, is that Trump's glass is bulletproof while yours is like cellophane.