DONALD Trump railed against the “radical left” and the “corrupt” 2020 election in his big comeback speech on Saturday night.
The former president rallied the crowd at the North Carolina’s annual state Republican Party convention, in his first major return to the political stage.
Trump blasted Biden and the Dems over the border “crisis” and jobless figures in the wake of the pandemic.
“Joe Biden had to do is sit back and do nothing and it was taking off like a rocket ship nobody’s ever seen in between the economy and all of the other things we did the border,” he said.
“Instead, the economy is going to hell and inflation is going to cause a catastrophe,” he added.
The former president spoke at the June 5 convention dinner in Greenville.
Trump narrowly carried North Carolina in 2020 and held numerous events in the state toward the end of his campaign.
Trump has kept a relatively low public profile since leaving office. His last significant public speech was in February at the CPAC convention
He’s still banned from Twitter and Facebook, and his blog shut down this week.
Trump has expressed interest in running for president again in 2024 but has not yet announced a decision.
The state party hopes Trump can help Republicans retake control of the U.S. House in the upcoming midterms.
TRUMP THINKS BIDEN SHOULDN’T HAVE LIFTED TRAVEL BAN
The former president said that the Joe Biden administration eliminated the travel ban on “terror.”
Trump introduced the travel ban in 2017 in which he banned people from over 10 countries to enter the United States including citizens from Iran, Yemen, Syria, and Venezuela.
Biden removed the travel ban once he took office.
“I said I don’t want people in from countries that blow up each other. I don’t want them in [and] I don’t want people in that are going to blow up our shopping centers, I don’t want people in that are going to blow up our cities. And I won in [the Supreme] court,” Trump said.
THE 2020 ELECTION “CRIME OF THE CENTURY”
Trump said that many of the votes were cast in the name of dead people and “illegal aliens.”
“An election will go down as the crime of the century in our country is being destroyed by people who perhaps have no right to destroy it,” he said.
TRUMP: “FAUCI BECAME A RADICAL MASKER”
Trump said that Dr. Anthony Fauci was against closing the US borders when the Coronavirus pandemic began but thanked Trump “months later” for his decision.
“Fauci said powerfully at the beginning, no masks you remember that no masks, and then he went into masks and then he became a radical masker,” he said.
TRUMP SAID THAT THE US “SYSTEM” IS BROKEN NOW
Trump slammed Biden for his foreign policy and decisions since taking office.
He said that the US has a “broken” system now, “whether it’s elections, whether it’s business whether it’s taxation.”
“The Biden administration has been one shameful and embarrassing foreign policy disaster after another,” he added.
TRUMP CALLED FOR 100% TARIFFS ON CHINESE PRODUCTS
The former president said that Democrats were fighting the tariffs and that Biden has taken off those tariffs.
Trump said that if the tariffs were raised, China will stop building its military and that a lot of companies would move back to the US.
“The time has come for America in the world to demand reparations and accountability from the Communist Party of China,” he said. “We should all declare within one unified voice that China must pay they must pay.”
TRUMP HIGHLIGHTED HIS VACCINE EFFORTS
He said that his former administration bought billions worth of vaccine and without his efforts the vaccine wouldn’t have been available until October of this year.
The administration worked on “getting that vaccine into your body, the needles the bottles, the whole thing,” according to Trump.
“You wouldn’t have the vaccine until probably October it might have even been later than that. And one of the things I’m most proud about is we did the vaccine developed a vaccine and I push the FDA,” he added.
TRUMP SAYS HIS ADMINISTRATION DID THINGS NO ONE HAS DONE
“We’ve done an incredible job and so many things have happened and we built the economy, not once we built it twice stick of it because we built it, we had the highest stock market ever the best job numbers,” he said.
“And we’ve done a tremendous job we never got the credit that we deserve for that. We do get the credit for from everybody, even the other side, although they try and disparage it as much as possible,” he added.
TRUMP ENDORSES TED BUDD
“I am giving him my complete and total endorsement, We’re going to work with him, we’re going to campaign with him,” Trump said.
“You can’t pick people that have already lost two races. You can’t pick people that have already lost two races and do not stand for our values,” he added.
Budd said in response: “We got a lot of hard work ahead. So let’s win this together, and let’s get back to making America great again.”
TRUMP IS LOOKING FORWARD TO 2024
Trump is optimistic about winning North Carolina’s US Senate race.
“We’re going to win North Carolina’s all important US Senate race, and we’re going to lay the groundwork for making sure that Republicans once again carry the great state of North Carolina, in a number, a year that I look very much forward to 2024,” he said.
“We’re gonna do things like you’ve never ever seen before I stand before you today, confident that the people of North Carolina will decisively reject Joe Biden and the radical Democrats the war on the American worker, the American family and the American nation,” he added.
LARA TRUMP WILL NOT RUN
Trump called his daughter-in-law Lara on stage who announced that she will not run for elected state office.
“It is not for now, not no forever,” she said.
Trump said that he is endorsing congressman Ted Budd.
AUDIENCE AT TRUMP SPEECH TOLD TO TAKE SEATS
It seems like the former president may be close to taking the stage,
Meanwhile, Elton John’s Rocket Man is playing in the background.
Trump famously dubbed Kim Jong-un “Rocket Man” after the North Korean dictator tested his nuke missiles.
Trump was reportedly obsessed with sending a CD of the song signed by Elton John himself, to Kim, according to a book by US national security adviser John Bolton.
TRUMP TIPPED TO HOLD RALLIES
His aides have talked about him possibly holding rallies in Florida, Georgia and Ohio over the summer.
‘WE’RE GOING TO TURN IT AROUND… FAST’
Ahead of his speech, the National Republican Senatorial Committee reportedly sent out a fundraising email featuring a video message from Trump.
“We’re gonna take back the Senate, take back the House, we’re gonna take back the White House… and sooner than you think,” he says.
“It’s going to be really something special but the love and the affection and the respect that you’ve given all of us, it’s really important.
“The Republican Party is stronger than it’s ever been and it’s going to be a lot stronger than it is right now,” Trump continues.
“We’re going to turn it around we’re going to turn it around fast.”
PICTURED: TRUMP FANS LINE THE STREETS
TRUMP DUE ON STAGE ANY MOMENT
He has been flying in on his private jet with Laura Trump.
ZUCKERBERG NOT WELCOME
Ever the provocateur, the former president said Friday that the “next time” he is in the presidential mansion, he will not be inviting CEO Mark Zuckerberg to dinner, after Facebook announced a two-year extension of its Trump ban.
Facebook said Trump could return only after it determines that any “risk to public safety” has disappeared. The popular platform had temporarily banned him on January 7, for having encouraged the deadly attack on the Capitol.
The former president, also banned by Twitter, called Facebook’s unprecedented decision an “insult” to the 75 million people who voted for him in November.
STILL WON’T ADMIT DEFEAT
Nearly five months after leaving the presidency, and now comfortably installed at his Bedminster golf resort near New York, Trump has yet to explicitly acknowledge his defeat —– and even talks more and more openly of a return to the White House.
FAUCI SET TO COME UNDER ATTACK
Trump is also expected to criticize White House pandemic advisor Anthony Fauci, accused by some Republicans of misleading the American public about Covid-19, according to the New York Times.
The Biden administration, of course, is sure to take a beating as well.
WHERE HAS TRUMP BEEN?
Since leaving the White House, Trump has been in political exile at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
More recently he has been at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.
He frequently receives the GOP’s highest officials, who regularly come to pay homage.
TRUMP STILL OBSESSED WITH ELECTION RIG ALLEGATIONS
But Trump seems unable to let go of his theory — debunked by scores of judges and state officials — that the 2020 election was stolen from him.
He seems certain to return to the subject Saturday evening.
CHINA’S COMMUNIST REGIME ‘BOUGHT OFF BIDEN’
Trump will say: “We must never forget that Joe Biden and his family took millions of dollars from the Chinese Communist Party, they bought him off, he flagrantly lied about it to American Voters, and now Joe Biden is doing China’s bidding in the White House.
“Remember, Hunter Biden was given at least $1.5 billion dollars to manage by China, and that’s only the money we know about.”
CHINA IN CROSS-HAIRS
President Biden is set to be blasted hard on China at the convention tonight, according to leaked excerpts of the speech.
He is expected to say: “Sadly, the current administration is so timid and corrupt that instead of holding China accountable, the Biden Administration shut down the U.S. government investigation into the origins of the virus shortly after taking office.”
TRUMP: ;WE’LL BE BACK… SOONER THAN YOU MAY THINK’
TRUMP VIEWED AS VALUABLE ASSET
Many Republicans still see him as a valuable asset ahead of midterm elections in November 2022, when the party hopes to wrest back control of Congress from the Democrats.
His enduring influence is extraordinary, considering that he was defeated after a single term — and was twice impeached.
Yet in the coming months, Trump is expected to again hold the big election rallies that he thrives on.
For many Republicans, the party’s focus in the midterm campaigns should be a sharp critique of the policies of Trump’s successor, President Joe Biden.
TRUMP PUSHES LAB LEAK THEORY
Trump is expected to tout that he correctly predicted that Covid-19 originated in a Chinese lab, something the US government is currently investigating and has not yet determined.
“The media, the Democrats, and the so-called experts are now finally admitting what I first said 13 months ago: the evidence demonstrates that the virus originated in a Chinese government lab,” Trump will say.