"This man is a great politician but more importantly, he loves the state of North Carolina", Trump said of Budd while appearing at the state GOP's convention in Greenville. The North Carolina Senate race is crucial for Republicans to hold in 2022 in their bid to claim a majority in the chamber. Snopes looked through photographs taken at the event and published by the visual media company Getty Images that clearly show the former president on stage wearing trousers with a zipper in the front.
The Washington Post reports that another Trump adviser had said that the former president wasn't happy with the way the blog was performing for him and typically didn't like it being mocked on social media. As such, we rate this claim as "False". Out of office for more than four months and banned from his preferred social media accounts, the former president hopes to use such events to elevate his diminished voice ahead of another potential presidential run. Tens of thousands more followed along on internet streams.
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Florida Police are calling the shooting a "targeted act of violence". "This type of gun violence has to stop", Ramirez said. Florida was the scene of a deadly school shooting in 2018 in which 17 people died.
Budd is running against at least two other prominent Republicans: U.S. Rep. Mark Walker and former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory, and the former president's nod is likely to give Budd a boost. While Trump remains a dominant force within his party, he is deeply unpopular among key segments of the broader electorate.
"A lot of you don't know him well", Trump said, introducing Budd to the stage.
Trump focused his early remarks on President Joe Biden, which he called "the most radical left-wing administration in history".