Trump endorses Ted Budd in North Carolina Senate GOP primary

The top two GOP enablers in the Senate just got put to shame

Trump's speech to an enthusiastic audience at the North Carolina GOP convention dinner in Greenville was his first high profile public appearance outside of his Florida compound, and his first major speech, since leaving office in January.

"We are going to win North Carolina". Snopes looked through photographs taken at the event and published by the visual media company Getty Images that clearly show the former president on stage wearing trousers with a zipper in the front.

Former President Donald Trump is backing Rep. Ted Budd for the Republican Senate nomination in North Carolina after his daughter-in-law Lara Trump announced she won't seek the open seat. Former President Trump then gave Budd his "complete and total endorsement". As such, we rate this claim as "False".

When asked by CNBC about the "broader efforts" the "From the Desk of Donald J Trump" blog was a part of, adviser Jason Miller simply said: "Hoping to have more information on the broader efforts soon, but I do not have a precise awareness of timing".

While the former President praised Budd from the stage, former North Carolina Gov. McCrory has been critical of Trump's seeking thorough audits for the 2020 election.

He appeared to dangle a possible run himself for president in 2024, saying he was looking forward to that year. Tens of thousands more followed along on internet streams.

"You can't pick people who have already lost two races and do not stand for our values", Trump told a large audience gathered for his speech, which spanned more than an hour and 20 minutes.

Trump remains a dominant force with the Republican party and will be throwing his support behind his preferred candidates as the GOP fights for control of Congress in 2022. The claims have triggered a wave of Republican-backed voting restrictions in state legislatures across the country, even though Trump's cries of voting fraud have been refuted by dozens of judges, Republican governors and senior officials from his own administration.



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