Friday, September 30, 2022

Trump endorses Representative Ted Budd while Lara Trump announces she will not run for Senate

Former President Donald Trump on Saturday urged Republicans to support candidates loyal to him in next year’s midterm elections as the former president begins a new, more active phase of his post-presidency at the Greenville Convention Center in North Carolina.

Trump has his endorsement of the loyalist Rep. Ted Budd announced in the busy Republican election.

The approval came shortly after Trump’s daughter-in-law and North Carolina-born Lara Trump were invited to the stage shortly after announcing that she would not be running for the Senate due to family obligations.

“I say no for now, not forever,” Lara Trump said.

Lara Trump
Former President Donald Trump, right, listens as his daughter-in-law Lara Trump speaks at the Republican Convention in North Carolina in Greenville, NC on June 5, 2021. (AP Photo / Chris Seward)

Trump also mentioned in his speech the former government Pat McCrory, who he said would not support. McCrory was critical of Trump’s thorough audits for the 2020 election.

“You can not choose people who have lost both races and do not stand for our values,” Trump told a large audience for his speech, which spans more than an hour and 20 minutes.

More than a thousand Republican officials and supporters gathered for the North Carolina GOP conference, the opening appearance for Trump in a new phase of rallies and public events. Tens of thousands of others followed on internet streams.

The former president, who has been out of office for more than four months and has been banned by the major social media platforms, hopes to use such opportunities to continue the “Make America Great Again” movement he started while in office to sit.

His advisers are already monitoring subsequent appearances in Ohio, Florida, Alabama and Georgia, to help strengthen the mid-term candidates and advance the electorate.

Trump focuses his early remarks on President Joe Biden, whom he calls “the most radical left-wing government in history.”

The energetic 74-year-old teased the prospect of another presidential bid in 2024, but first promised to be an active presence on the campaign for his allies in next year’s fight for control of Congress.

“The continued existence of America depends on our ability to elect Republicans at every level, starting next year with the midterm,” Trump said.

Trump remains a dominant force in the Republican Party and will throw his support behind his preferred candidates while the GOP fights for control of Congress in 2022.

Trump’s allegations of electoral fraud have sparked a flurry of Republican-backed bills in state legislatures across the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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