Former President Donald Trump made a return to the political stage after six months out of the spotlight on Saturday night, June 5, delivering a speech at the North Carolina Republican Party State Convention.

“It’s great to be back in Greenville with so many proud, North Carolina patriots who love our country, support our military, respect our police, honor our flag and always put America first, we don’t put America second,” Trump opened his speech.

The ex-POTUS, who appears to be the Republican Party’s top endorser, vowed to bring the party forward in 2022. His appearance at the convention shows his significant influence among republicans.

Donald Trump endorsed GOP Rep. Ted Budd, who runs against former Gov. Pat McCrory and former Rep. Mark Walker in the North Carolina Senate race.

“I am giving him my complete and total endorsement. We’re going to work with him. We’re going to campaign with him,” stated the ex-president.

“Mr. President, Lara, this means the world to me. Thank you,” Budd said after Trump called him to the stage. “We got a lot of hard work ahead.”

Trump showed appreciation to Republican leaders and representatives in Congress who have supported him like Lieutenant Governor Mark Robison, Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, and David Roger.

Mr. Trump emphasized the destructive policies of the Biden “socialist democrats” administration that made the country “destroyed before our very own eyes.”

“Speaking of our leaders: They’re bowing down to China; America is being demeaned and humiliated on the world stage; our freedom is being overtaken by left wing cancel culture; and the Biden administration is pushing toxic critical race theory and illegal discrimination into our children’s schools,” Trump said.

“They’re violent, in many cases, hate our country.”

The former president announced his ambition to stop the “cancel culture,” “defunding culture,” “defending culture.” He said that he “can’t allow bad things happen to our country.”

Donald Trump also mentioned the rigged 2020 election.

“We all know what happened with the election, and we can never, ever let that happen again,” Trump said.

Trump has called for election integrity measures such as signature verification, voter identification, and control of Big Tech spending, such as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s hundreds of millions of dollars spent on election drop boxes during the 2016 presidential election.

Trump handed over the stage to his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump. She stated that she would not run for the Senate in the state, but just for the time being.

“Because of the values my parents instilled to me, they taught me that when you do something, you give 100%; that is the only way to operate,” Lara said.

“And because of my two kids, who are very young—1 and 3, Carolina and Luke—it is going to be very hard for me to enter this Senate race right now. But I am saying no for now, not no forever.”

Trump also addressed Facebook’s decision to keep his account suspended for another two years before they reconsider their decision.

“They say they may allow me back in two years. I’m not too interested in that,” he said.

“They may allow me back in two years. We got to stop that. We can’t let it happen. So unfair. They are shutting down an entire group of people. Not just me. They are shutting down the voice of a much more powerful and a much larger group,” he continued.

Trump hit back at media reports that say he aims to “undermine American democracy” at the end of the convention.

“Remember, I am not the one trying to undermine American democracy. I’m the one that’s trying to save it. Please remember that,” Trump concluded.

Trump has not said whether he would participate in the 2024 run for president.