Two days after voters elected Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th president, local Republicans were already working toward future plans.
On Thursday, the Forsyth County Republican Party hosted Brad Carver, attorney and chairman of the 11th District Republican Party, at their monthly meeting to discuss Trump’s election and what comes next for the party.
“Our Republican party is different today, and it’s different today because of Donald Trump, and Donald Trump has given us the ability to be the majority party in this country once again, and it is going to be based in large part on working class Americans,” Carver said. “What we need to all recognize is we need a new party that’s going to be involved in the populist wing of the party and the establishment wing in the party.”
Carver went through several of Trump’s plans, including working to stabilize the Middle East and having a policy to ensure refugees are not “wolves in sheep’s clothing” and said Trump has a House and Senate that will make it possible to repeal Obamacare and regulations.
He said while Trump will work towards those goals, supporters might not always see his fiery attitude from the campaign.
“He is someone that is blunt and he tells it like it is, and that’s part of his charm,” Carver said. “As he moves into his presidency, I think we’ll see him mellow just a little bit. I don’t want anyone to think he’s not still with us, but I think he also realizes the political reality that we live in.”
Carver also addressed the opportunity for a Trump presidency to influence younger voters.
“We’re having trouble — we all know this — with millennials. They don’t even know what economic growth is like; they weren’t here and participating when we were in the 80s and 90s,” he said.
Forsyth County voted vastly Republican during the election, with Trump winning 69,801 votes, or 71.73 percent, of the turnout.
GOP Chair Carolyn Hall Fisher described the turnout using one of Trump’s most popular soundbites from the campaign.
“Forsyth County went ‘yuge.’ I mean, we didn’t just go red, we went deep, deep red,” she said.
Though members were celebrating the victory, she also reminded those in attendance there is still work to be done.
“Just because we won this one doesn’t mean it’s over, guys,” Fisher said. “In another week or two or three, somebody is going to announce they are running for governor, so we’re going to have to work on that. We’ve got a mass precinct meeting coming up in January, then we’ve got our convention coming up in March, then we have our district convention coming up in April, then June we have our state convention.”