DONALD Trump said that North Carolina Rep Madison Cawthorn, 24, who beat president’s pick is “awesome” as they meet at fundraiser without masks.
In footage that emerged on Monday evening, the president called his fellow Republican “fantastic” and a “great guy.”
Trump then goes on to ask Cawthorn if he is “coming in,” presumably to the White House, tomorrow, to which he nodded.
Neither Trump nor Cawthorn wore coronavirus face masks when the video was shot.
The young congressional candidate scored a stunning victory over a Trump-backed candidate in the North Carolina primary last Tuesday.
He will take on Democrat Moe Davis in the general election in November.
He is competing for the seat belonging to Representative Mark Meadows, who is not seeking another term after becoming President Trump’s chief of staff.
In the new footage, Cawthorn tells Meadows that he has “big shoes to fill.”
Cawthorn has wowed voters after Meadows announced the day before filing ended in December that he would not run again.
“Madison connects with people. He listens to them and people like him. It’s not magic,” said Merry Guy, chairwoman of the Republican Party in Henderson County.
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“When you talk about life experience, he’s gone through a lot of things none of us hopefully ever have to go through.”
Cawthorn, an eighth-generation North Carolina resident of the 11th congressional district, was homeschooled before being nominated to the US Naval Academy in 2014 – by Meadows.
“He enjoys hunting, cooking, travel, fitness, photography & videography, and studying history,” his bio reads.