With less than two weeks until the 9th Congressional District special election, Donald Trump Jr. and Fox News panelist Kimberly Guilfoyle made a campaign appearance Wednesday in Monroe on behalf of Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop.
Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle didn’t talk much about Bishop or his Democratic opponent, Dan McCready. Their message was more national, and they cast the congressional race as the first battle of the 2020 campaign.
Voters must back Bishop, Trump Jr. said, in part because the Democratic Party has moved too far to the left.
"People like he’s running against who are getting support from what I call 'the Hamas wing of Congress,'" Trump Jr. said. "And the Squad. No, no… think about it…(they are) perpetuating socialist values and policies."
In November, McCready accepted a $2,000 donation from Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, a member of the so-called "squad" of liberal Democrats. He returned the contribution in April and said he disagreed with what he said were Omar's "anti-Semitic" comments.
The luncheon was at Rolling Hills Country Club. It was not open to the public, though the press was allowed to attend.
Bishop supports President Trump and his policies.
The president won the 9th District by 12 percentage points in 2016, but Trump Jr. urged Republicans not to take the race for granted.
"This special election has sort of sneaked by people," he said. "The other side is motivated by nothing other than hate. But hate is a powerful motivator."
Early voting has started, and election day is Sept. 10.