Politics & Government

During a stop in NC, Lewandowski tackles the media, Mueller and North Korea

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, seen here in a file photo, addressed the N.C. GOP state convention in Hickory Saturday.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, seen here in a file photo, addressed the N.C. GOP state convention in Hickory Saturday. AP file photo

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski came to Hickory Saturday, where he defended the president against charges of Russian collusion, bashed the media and had high hopes for the North Korean summit.

Lewandowski covered a number of topics during his speech at the N.C. GOP state convention, as well as in an interview with the Observer:

On special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the presidential election, Lewandowski told the Observer that so far, "There has been clearly no evidence of any collusion or coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians."

He also said it's important that the investigation wrap up in "a reasonable period of time." And when it does, "it's fair for the American people to say, 'Show us the evidence,' or clear the president and his team of any wrongdoing, which we know didn't exist."

Lewandowski told the crowd he believes that the United States is on the verge of seeing denuclearization by the North Koreans.

While Lewandowski doesn’t know what will result from the upcoming summit, he said this meeting is something that both Democrats and Republicans alike had yet to accomplish.

"Donald Trump is sitting down with Kim Jong-un to have a conversation about truly denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, ending the Korean War and putting the global world in a safer position," Lewandowski said. "And if we can do that, that's historic."

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski addresses the N.C. GOP convetion in Hickory Saturday. Myah Ward mward@charlotteobserver.com

Lewandowski condemned what he called the "fake media" portrayal of the president. "It's shameful what the media has portrayed him as," Lewandowski said. When he asked the crowd if they loved Fox News, the room cheered.

Charlotte is up against Las Vegas in trying to host the 2020 Republican National Convention. Lewandowski noted that with Charlotte contending for the RNC, "That obviously shows how important North Carolina and particularly Charlotte are in helping drive the narrative for the administration."

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'Cautiously optimistic'

Earlier Saturday, 9th Congressional District candidate Mark Harris addressed the crowd. He had upset U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger in the GOP primary this spring and will face Democrat Dan McCready.

Harris called for the party to be one of bold colors and praised Trump's leadership.

Despite a time of rampant Democratic energy, Harris said he is cautiously optimistic that Republicans will be just fine.

"I'm not really buying the blue wave that we have been hearing so much about, and I think that the trends are continuing to show in polls that maybe that blue trend doesn't exist," Harris said.

He said that with a booming economy and Trump's successful foreign policy decisions, he sees the potential for a bigger red wave this fall.

In a statement, N.C. Democratic Party spokesman Robert Howard said, "Republicans can keep their heads in the sand about the coming blue wave, but that won't save them in November."