Despite 'stupid' statements, Roe tells Carter Republicans to support Trump

John Thompson • Updated Aug 9, 2016 at 7:08 PM

ELIZABETHTON — “We have a critical election this time,” Rep. Phil Roe told members of the Carter County Republican Party this past weekend as the party opened its election headquarters for the 2016 election.

Roe told the local Republicans that their party must unite behind Donald Trump. “We have got to get our party together. We will not know our country if (Hillary) Clinton wins the presidency and the Republicans lose the Senate.”

Roe said the Republicans currently control 54 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate. “The Senate is in the balance,” Roe said. He said the Republican majority in the House of Representatives “is in pretty good shape,” but the balance of the Supreme Court would be tipped by Democrats if Clinton wins the White House.

Roe said party leaders were frustrated with Trump’s actions last week, including his reluctance to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. John McCain and other Republicans during most of the week. “How stupid can you be?” Roe said of the presidential nominee’s earlier reluctance to endorse Ryan.

But Roe said there was a clear choice in the presidential election. “It is either the Hillary Clinton train or the Donald Trump train. I want to be on the Trump train.”

Roe received a warm response from the Republican audience, which included two state representatives, Timothy Hill and John Holsclaw Jr., who won Republican nominations on Thursday night in the state primary election. Carter County Republican Chairwoman Judy Reed congratulated them.

Even though the Republicans should easily carry Carter County in the November election, Reed said the national popular vote for president was important. But she said the main reason for voting in Novmber is because voting is “a privilege and honor” that should not be neglected.

The county headquarters is located at 527 E. Elk Ave. in the Ritz Mini-Mall.

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