Former President Donald Trump will portray next year’s midterm elections as a battle for the survival of America when he makes his first speech in months on Saturday night.
His address to the North Carolina Republican state convention represents the next step in his return to the political spotlight.
Two outdoor rallies are planned for later this month as Trump continues to mull a run for the White House in 2024.
His speech on Saturday evening – his first since February – will include an attack on Democrats’ attempts to overhaul voting laws
‘The survival of America depends upon our ability to elect Republicans at every level – starting with the midterms next year,’ he will say, according to advance excerpts obtained by DailyMail.com.
‘Together, we are going to defend our freedoms, we are going to stand up for our values, and we are going to take back our country!’
Former President Donald Trump will address the North Carolina Republican state convention in Greenville on Saturday night, launching the next phase of his political career
Trump’s speech will take aim at President Joe Biden and tell supporters: ‘The survival of America depends upon our ability to elect Republicans at every level – starting with the midterms next year’
Trump will also use the speech to say history has proven him right to point the finger of blame at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which he claimed last year was the origin of the coronavirus pandemic
The line echoes elements of his 2020 campaign, when he warned Democrats were intent on destroying American values of freedom and independence.
In his speech, Trump will also claim vindication for pointing the finger at China for its role in the emergence of COVID-19, when the political, scientific and media establishments played down the idea of laboratory leak.
‘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,’ he will say.
In recent weeks, a string of leading scientists has admitted they were too hasty in assuming the virus had emerged from the wild.
And President Joe Biden has directed the intelligence community look afresh at the question of its origins.
Meanwhile, Trump has been rebuilding his political life, first from his base in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, and for the past month from his golf club in New Jersey.
He has been spotted slipping in and out of Trump Tower in New York, while popping up on his favorite conservative television news shows.
He has repeatedly floated the idea of running for president in 2024 although aides say no decision is likely until after the midterms next year, when he can assess the political currents.
Trump is seen here leaving Trump Tower, where he has been spotted about once a week as he embarks on the next phase of his political career. Last month he moved his base of operations from his winter home at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, to his golf club at Bedminister, New Jersey
On Saturday, he will appear in Greenville, N.C., where he is expected to repeat his claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him, attack Dr. Anthony Fauci, his coronavirus adviser who is under intense pressure over the origins of the pandemic, and demand China pay reparations for unleashing COVID-19.
He will also contrast how he imposed sanctions on construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline amid fears it would increase Russia’s energy hold over Europe, with the Biden administration’s decision to end plans for a pipeline to carry crude oil from Canada to the U.S.
‘I killed the Russian pipeline, but Joe Biden killed the Keystone pipeline,’ he will say.
The appearance is the first of several planned.
Next weekend he will appear via jumbotron at an event organized by MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell, who has emerged as one of the most vociferous advocates for overturning last years election.
Trump has also announced plans for outdoor rallies in the battleground states of Ohio and Florida.
And aides say they are planning an event around the July 4 holiday weekend – when they have also teased more information on the former president’s plans to return to social media.