Trump Heading to Battleground North Carolina To Attend State Convention

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On Saturday, June 5, former President Trump will attend the state convention in Greenville, North Carolina and will speak at the convention dinner. 

According to the North Carolina GOP, the former president will be speaking at the convention dinner on June 5. This will be his first address outside of his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Since leaving the White House on January 20, former President Trump has lived at his residence at the South Florida resort. He did his keynote speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 28 in Florida. On April 10, Trump also addressed the Republican National Committee’s private spring donor retreat at Mar-a-Lago on April 10. 

This state is also central to Republican efforts to regain control of Congress in the 2022 elections. Trump carried the state in both of his presidential campaigns, and each race was a close one.

Trump won by just over three and half points in his 2016 Presidential run over Hillary Clinton, and by just over a point against Joe Biden in his 2020 reelection defeat.

The state will also be the venue of a key open-seat Senate election in the 2022 midterms which would determine whether the Democrats hold their majority or if the Republicans win back the chamber, as well as a likely competitive race for governor.

President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a campaign rally June 20, 2020, at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Evan Vucci/AP)

North Carolina GOP Chair Michael Whatley told Fox News in a satement, “President Trump won North Carolina in 2016 by promising to put America First, and he won North Carolina in 2020 by keeping that promise.” He continued, “President Trump delivered real results for North Carolina by rebuilding the military, standing strong against China, and unleashing the American Economy.”

Whatley alsoa added, “We are honored to welcome President Trump to our convention as the Republican Party launches our campaign to retake Congress and the Senate in the 2022 midterms.”

Trump’s speech to the North Carolina Republicans will be closed to the media.

The Republican party was supposed to hold the 2020 National Convention in Charlotte. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the stringent restrictions at that time, just a dramatically slimmed down first day of the convention was held there, with the remaining three days of the confab, including the speeches and ceremonies, taking place in the nation’s capital.

While banned from Twitter and other social media, Trump has been busy issuing written statements attacking Biden as well as McConnell, Pence, and other Republicans who have disagreed with him.