Eric Trump: Vice President ‘phenomenal’ in debate

Eric Trump, the son of President Donald Trump, greets supporters at a campaign rally, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Saco, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

WHITSETT — Eric Trump told North State Journal in an interview on Thursday that Vice President Mike Pence was ‘phenomenal’ in Wednesday’s vice presidential debate.

“I thought Vice President Pence was phenomenal last night,” Trump said. “He called out (Democratic nominee Joe) Biden and Harris’ lies about fracking, about manufacturing, and the Green New Deal.”

Wednesday’s debate was the first and only featuring the vice president and the California senator.

Trump also criticized the Commission on Presidential Debates’ unilateral decision to make next week’s second presidential debate virtual, confirming what President Donald Trump said in a television interview Thursday morning when he appeared to find out about the move from Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo.

“It’s unreal to make next week a virtual debate, and the president won’t do that. Joe Biden is scared to face him on the stage,” Trump said about the possibility of a virtual debate.

Mr. Trump is stumping in the state in a pair of events Thursday in Monroe and Whitsett.

He said he and his family love being in North Carolina, pointing to his wife Lara Trump, an NC native and their daughter, who is named Carolina.

Trump then returned to criticizing what he called Biden’s “lack of work ethic,” saying voters in the state care about who shows up.

“If you look at Arizona, they haven’t been there. They’ve barely been to North Carolina and many other states that will decide this election,” Trump said. “Meanwhile, we’re getting hundreds and thousands of people and I’m seeing even more enthusiasm this year than we did in 2016.”

Trump also said control of the U.S. Senate was at play, alluding to the troubles Democratic Senate candidate Cal Cunningham has recently faced.

“The Senate race here is absolutely critical and we need to support Republicans up and down the ballot,” said Trump.