WBT’s own and former N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory appeared as a panelist Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press.

He was one of four guests on the show to talk about the current state of the GOP after Trump and the first month under the Biden Administration. The moderator and NBC’s political director Chuck Todd presented a series of poll numbers from USA Today/Suffolk University indicating 46 percent of Republicans would support a third-party of Trump.

McCrory reacted by saying the GOP is in a “grieving process,” and believes the former president should be able to participate as a figure in the Republican party at some capacity.

“I am not a big fan of incumbents who happen to not win reelection and have to go walk-off into the sunset,” McCrory said about Trump.

“I think President Trump should stay relevant, but I also think other leaders will emerge and we’ll go through this process of debating issues (and) debating leadership styles. The fact of the matter is, the issues will win out. The democrat will overplay their hand. For example, we’re opening borders and closing schools. It makes no sense.”

McCrory went on to say Republicans will win that argument and “Trump should be able to participate in that argument and will.”

Listen to the entire discussion from the panel on NBC’s Meet the Press below.