Republicans should back candidates who “stand for our beliefs,” according to Donald Trump.
During a speech at the North Carolina GOP convention, Donald Trump urged Republicans to back candidates who are loyal to him in next year’s midterm elections.
Mr. Trump, 74, hinted at another presidential run in 2024, but first promised to be a visible presence on the campaign trail for those who share his views in next year’s congressional election.
“Our ability to elect Republicans at every level, beginning with the midterm elections next year, is critical to America’s survival,” he stated.
Mr Trump’s speech to hundreds of Republican officials and activists marked the start of what is likely to be a new round of rallies and public appearances.
The former president, who has been out of government for more than four months and is barred from using his preferred social media accounts, plans to use such gatherings to amplify his weakened voice ahead of a possible presidential candidacy.
His aides are already planning appearances in Ohio, Florida, Alabama, and Georgia to boost midterm candidates and energize voters.
Our country is being destroyed right in front of our eyes as we meet tonight.
Some Republican officials are concerned that a surge of pro-Trump candidates in the coming months could jeopardize the GOP’s bid for congressional control in 2022.
While Mr. Trump remains a powerful figure inside his own party, he is widely despised by important elements of the population.
After alienating Republican-leaning suburban voters across the country, he lost the last election by 7 million votes.
Organizers estimated about 1,200 people were seated at dinner tables inside the Greenville convention center on Saturday night, in contrast to the massive rallies that packed sports arenas when Mr Trump was president. Hundreds of thousands more watched the live stream on the internet.
Lara Trump, Mr. Trump’s daughter-in-law and a North Carolina native, was briefly invited to the stage during his comments, but she stated she would not run for the Senate due to family obligations.
“I am saying no for now, not forever,” she added.
Mr. Trump arrived a few minutes later. (This is a brief piece.)